The Steele Maiden: Spring Beauty Routine with Prescriptives Foundation, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox CosmeticsFor longer than I’d like to admit I was pretty intimidated by the thought of switching up my make-up routine.  But sometimes pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can yield some pretty good results. And when you have help from actual experts? All the better.

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The Steele Maiden: Spring Beauty Routine with Prescriptives Foundation, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Cosmetics

Spring especially feels like a season that begs for a fresh face. And I figured foundation was as good a place to start as any.  Would you believe I’d never even owned foundation before this?  The thought of finding the right color for my skin (which tans deeply in the summer but loses a lot of color in the winter) felt impossible. Which is where Prescriptives Custom Blends came to the rescue. Their online tools allow you to talk directly with a “Beauty Genius” (like going to the beauty counter but from the comfort of your couch) who analyzes your skin, asks a few simple questions and poof – creates the recipe that’s right for you!

The Steele Maiden: Spring Beauty Routine with Prescriptives Foundation, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Cosmetics

And after trying it? I’m hooked. No scary face that doesn’t match your neck or caked makeup wrinkles halfway through the day. And since I was on a roll I decided to swap out my usual pencil eyeliner for a cream version applied with a brush (lasted wayyyy longer!) and a bright pink lip using lipliner first and then gloss after (instead of my trademark red). Aside from that, my usual swipe of rosy blush, neutral eyeshadow and 2 coats of mascara. The result? I’m feeling a little brighter, just a tad bolder, and totally ready for Spring.

p.s. Another thing I just learned – apply make-up in this order: Concealer, Eyes, Foundation, Lips, Blush. Who knew?

Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation c/o | Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeliner in Black Scotch, Eye Brush and Neutral Eyeshadow Palette | L’oreal Voluminous Original Mascara | Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose | Smashbox Lipliner & Gloss | Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never