Makeup for the traveler’s soul. Or, my beautiful friend Bethany.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting some extremely talented, inspiring, and creative girls over the past couple years. I’ve also managed to make friends with more than a few ladies that have the most bold sense of adventure and calling in their lives. There’s a running joke between those who know me that if I meet a girl that I click with, that means she’s going to leave the country in less than a year (whether she knows it or not). I’m serious. The past few new girlfriends I’ve made have left for Germany, Japan, South Korea, Uganda, and even just a different states, all within a year or so of becoming closer. Some have returned (and then relocated again!), and others have remained at their new homes. But what all of these ladies seem to have in common is a sense of righteous restlessness; the need to meet people, truly use their five senses, and do good things. I’m in great company when around my friends, and Bethany just might be one of the most inspiring of them all.

At the core of Bethany’s heart is a love and need for adventure. There’s a thirst there that I both admire and envy; I just love how desperately she wants to see everything. It’s moving, and it’s taken her to places like Iceland, South Korea, and Turkey. The following is a beautiful video done for her photography website, and I can’t explain how perfectly it captures her essence. Just these two brief minutes left me smiling and whispering saying aloud, “Yep, that’s her”. Insane props to Two Spoons Productions for seeing the details of a person, and the intricacies of a spirit. That takes more than camera skill. And that whole Celine Dion thing is no joke.

I had the pleasure of doing Bethany’s makeup for this video, and my main focus was her eyes. I used Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadow in Illusoire, and a more alluring pair of false lashes ensured you wouldn’t miss them. Some light contouring with MAC powder blush in Buff, and some highlighting with my NARS cream shadow in Thebes kept things light but defined. Bethany uses MAC’s Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 foundation, and I topped it all off with a dusting of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light. We chose a light pink lip gloss and I left her with a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Rosy Future to keep for touch-ups. Bethany had originally asked me to do her hair as well, but as soon as she took it out of the soft bun it had been in, I realized the texture was perfect. There was no need to do anything to it, and so I didn’t.

Love you much, Bethany, and may all your wildest and most adventurous dreams come true. I can’t thank you enough for so perfectly capturing my friends and I over these past years.  I owe you one.  xo, MR

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Video credit to Two Spoons Productions.  Photo credit to Bethany Carlson Photography.