Desert Bloom

The desert does not lie. You can always expect the same dry heat, sun and to-die-for scenic views made of mountains, cacti and palm trees. Let it envelop you in its beauty and you’ll never want to leave.

During my most recent trip to my home state of Arizona, I chose for this breezy evening look a white, cotton off-the-shoulder top I found on clearance at Francesca’s this winter and a pair of light-wash high-waist BDG girlfriend jeans by Urban Outfitters. I paired it with faux-leather Merona sandals from Target and minimal jewelry.

Arizona’s chlorine-sun combo is like the face mask of my dreams; when my pores are this dry and clear after a day at the pool, I keep my makeup minimal. For my base, I used L’Oréal’s anti-redness Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream and Maybelline’s FaceStudio Master Conceal in light to camouflage some sparse pigmentation. I applied a rosy creme blush on the apples of my cheeks to add a bit of color and then applied my favorite champagne highlighter along the high points of my face. On my eyes, I used my highlighter again on the center of my lids and then took a light brown color from Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette up into the crease and just below my lower water line to strengthen my natural shadow. On my lips, I kept it simple with chapstick and a nude lip stain.

Because I fervently believe hair accessories are coming back, I had my niece pluck me two orange desert flowers and pinned them near my temples with two bobby pins to top off the look and help the trend along.

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