I've gotten to work with so many young girls over the years and it's one of my favorite things to do! My first official capacity was working with a Girl Scout troop in Queens which is where we did an exercise - I had them write down three words they'd like their personality to be described as - who they were, not what they looked like. "Unique", "caring", "honest", and "sparkly" were some of the words that came up. We used each girl's list to create her makeup "look" and, as such, it was rooted in who she was and what she wanted to be communicating, as opposed to something that would cover something up or make her "prettier". We all loved it and I've used it with all ages ever since!
I'm also a big fan of having people share their favorite feature - it's all over our Life Lessons Series with grown ups! - as I think we need all the positivity we can get.
I LOVED getting to spend an afternoon with these local middle school girls - here's the words they chose and how we interpreted it with their makeup:
KIND - FUN - CRAZY
Reina's Favorite Feature: Her Hair
When asked what future astrophysicist Renia meant by "crazy" 😅, she shared that she wanted to do the unexpected - which is exactly what she did when this no-makeup-wearer chose our strawberry shade of Jewel in our Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss. I love it on her! We used our Tinted Lip Balm in Flushed on her cheeks to continue in the warm undertone, along with Matcha Mascara and a little Fairy Dust for a highlight.
Trinity's Favorite Feature: Her Skin
I was inspired by Trinity's pink twists for her word "creative" as our Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss in Eros matched perfectly! We also used our Tinted Lip Balm in Flushed on the cheeks (I almost fell over I loved it on her so much) and Matcha Mascara on the lashes of this future history teacher who is a beam of sunshine.
NICE - GOOD FRIEND - UNIQUE - ARTISTIC
Naya's Favorite Feature: Her Hair
Naya loves art but prefers to keep it to the page and wanted her makeup look to be soft and clean so we focused on keeping the "unique" part of her products to Magic Dust which we applied as a cheek highlight and as an eyeshadow shade. We also used our Blushed Tinted Lip Balm, a soft pink, on her cheeks and lips and finished with Matcha Mascara. Her perfect brows frame everything beautifully!
SWEET - KIND - SHARING - CARING
Grace's Favorite Feature: Her Lips and/or Hair
Softball player Grace wanted to keep her makeup light but we leaned into flushed cheeks which, to us, felt both "sweet" and "caring" with our Crushed Tinted Lip Balm. Her naturally pink lips got painted with our Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss in Earliglow and lashes got a hit of Matcha Mascara.
After talking with the girls we all agreed that we wanted their looks to be fresh and intentional. Most of them don't wear makeup everyday, just for special occasions, while Naya and Maggie wore it about once a week. I wanted to stay away from complexion products - foundation, concealer, etc - and even eyeshadow as I just didn't want to load them up with to-do's. Instead, we went with lashes, cheeks and lips for the most part, focusing on a pop lip shade, some highlighter or an eye liner to give it a little oomph. We all agreed, we wanted the girls to look like girls and not grownups 💚.
We had lots of fun!