Remember back to when you were 15 and just starting to think about color makeup—a time when drugstore purchases weren't impulse but rather long, arduous decisions that would help define your burgeoning personhood. All that time spent contemplating a lip gloss (lipstick was too much of a commitment at that point) or maybe a blush. Was your first one some really pleasant, easy-to-wear peach shade? Probably. And no wonder—peach is an all-around accepted starter shade for makeup, basically because it's universally flattering. And nobody said there was anything wrong with liking a color that looks good on everyone.
'I always go for those peachy colors,” 15-year-old Canadian Elizabeth Davison confirms. “The beachy-girl look is what I'm in love with—anything in a pinky-orange color. My face can handle some blush, and I'll put some near my eyes, too,”
And so, to test the theory: La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow is probably out of reach price-wise for most teenagers, but when in Rome (or the Gloffice), why not? We broke it out of its little leather carrying case (when makeup has packaging for its packaging, you know it's fancy), and swirled it around with a finger because, like the name suggests, that stuff is creamy. It's pretty pigmented but sinks into the skin like a good moisturizer would, so it stays put. The finish? Surprisingly matte with a whisper of shimmer—but not any more than that.
To play up the orange tones in the blush, Elizabeth picked up Marc Jacobs' Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer (gloss had to come into play somewhere) in Forbidden Fruit. You'll be happy to know that she's already starting to establish some brand loyalty there, too. According to her, Marc Jacobs mascara is the only one worth anybody's time. “I usually hate mascara,” she said. “I can never make it look even, but the Marc ones are really nice because they don't clump. Now I really like anything by Marc Jacobs,” Fail-safe beauty recommendations from the mouths of babes...
Elizabeth Davison (Ford Models) photographed by Tom Newton. See Kelly Mittendorf pull of red blush.