There is beauty in having a makeup routine: it’s streamlined and simple. This is how I feel about my fresh-faced skin with swaths of rosy blush on my cheeks, paired with a pink lip and smear of neutral shadow on my lids. It’s become my signature look, but then again, the same becomes the same and a routine becomes, well, routine. More than that, makeup can be so much more than just a matter of going through the motions — it’s an art form.
Take it from the expert: “I feel like makeup can be very [therapeutic] because you play with color and you play with yourself,” makeup artist Violette previously told Allure. “Use makeup not as a way to correct yourself but as a way to have fun and celebrate who you are.”
I was reminded of this when Ilia Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye Tints, a range of shimmery liquid shadows (available in eight shades), landed on my vanity. My instinct was to reach for the shade Mythic — a metallic rose gold, a natural extension of my monochromatic makeup — for a splash of color. The ultra-creamy texture glides onto lids and allows several seconds to blend the pigment on lids before it dries down to a powdery finish.
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