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October, 23, 2014

Get The Look: Soft and Feminine…

best-fall-foundations-nordstromlaura-mercier-tinted-moisturizer-nordstrom chanel-foundation-blending-brush laura-mercier-tinted-moisturizersoft-and-feminine-beauty-lookSweater: Joie | Necklace: Gorjana | Jeans: Current Elliott | Foundation: Laura Mercier |  Lips: Liner- Bodley Bare by MAC, Lipstick- Madere by NARS, Gloss- Turkish Delight by NARS

Today, I’m sharing a soft and feminine makeup look that typically is my daily go-to. I don’t love wearing a heavy foundation, especially for an everyday look, so I always look for a lightweight formula. Right now, I’m all about using a tinted moisturizer (my favorite is by Laura Mercier with SPF). It’s lightweight, airy and doesn’t look or feel cakey, which makes for the perfect daily foundation.

Below is a list of all the products I used to get this look. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products used, or any application questions.


Foundation – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20

Bronzer – Laguna by NARS

Highlighter – Vanilla by NARS

Blush – Gaiety by NARS

Eyes – Naked Basics by Urban Decay

Mascara – Bobby Brown ‘Smokey Eye’ Mascara

Eye Liner – Via Veneto by NARS

Lip Pencil – Bodley Bare by MAC

Lipstick – Madere by NARS

Gloss – Turkish Delight by NARS


Foudation Brush – Chanel Blender Foundation Brush #7

Highlighter Brush – Bobbi Brown

Eyeshadow Brush – Bobbi Brown

*Tip: I have a weird issue with my hands touching my face. I HATE it! When I apply my foundation, I absolutely can not use my hands to apply it so I use this brush. It blends foundation in perfectly and keeps the oils from your hands off your face. I swear it helps me avoid breakouts!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a more bold and glamorous makeup look!

xo, Rach

Special thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

photos by Emily Egan

  1. glamdevils says:

    Beautiful and natural everyday look! I love the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer too!

    xx Mira

  2. Soraya says:

    This is such a soft and lovely look, love the blush! Looking forward to tomorrow’s glamorous look- thanks for sharing! — Soraya

  3. Alana says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Natural yet so so pretty.

    Alana | alanawise xx

  4. Natali says:

    Such a lovely and fresh make up! You look beautiful!

  5. IRENE says:

    love the result! it is perfect for an everyday make up!


  6. Red Reticule says:

    Love the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Great neutral make up.
    Red Reticule

  7. Kristin says:

    Love that you picked classic colors that look great on everyone!

  8. Erica says:

    I think that your point about not touching your face is so important! I really have a hard time with that one.

  9. Ooooh thanks for sharing! I looove the soft pink/natural look! You are always gorgeous, lady! With or without make up!

    Afternoon Espresso

  10. Leanne says:

    Gorgeous selection. I also use a foundation brush but I use mind for flawless finish. That blush is just the most beautiful colour.

    Love from South Africa

  11. Kristjaana says:

    Haha I’m completely opposite – I wan’t to apply everything with my hands :P

  12. JJ Faust says:

    I love NARS lips! Their products are so soft and smooth I feel like a queen!

  13. Emily says:

    The Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay is my daily go-to! The soft matte shades are perfect for the work week.


  14. This is such a pretty everyday look! I especially love the lip color! <3

    Will be waiting for more makeup looks from you ;)



  15. Love this post! Thanks for sharing! Your makeup always looks flawless! Love that sweater too!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  16. Lilly says:

    Beautiful photography! Need to get my hands on some NARS products! Lilly xx

  17. Katy says:

    Omg I looove Laura Mericer. Like everything she has is amazing! These are so many products that I use, love the way it turned out on you Rach! :)

  18. nikki says:

    i love that shirt!! great neutral color

    xx nikki

  19. barry818 says:

    I use that blush too and love it! It look HOT pink so i think it scares people off, but a little goes a long way and its the prettiest color if you just dab a bit on! I need to get that Naked Basics palette too.

  20. Liz says:

    Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer really is the perfect lightweight makeup- you get a flawless look without the heavy, cakey feel! Great photos!


  21. Enn Franco says:

    I am in love with this Basics Naked palette! I own Naked 3 and it is absolutely perfect! Love this girly and gentle look and make up!

  22. kelsey says:

    you look absolutely gorgeous!
    ladies in navy

  23. claire says:

    Would love to see you do a tutorial video on how you apply your everyday make up!

  24. NARS orgasm is my favorite blush.

    I love this look, that sweater, and your bathroom!

    Her Heartland Soul

  25. Hi Rachel! This makeup looks beautiful on you. I’ve been meaning to try Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, all the other products are fabulous as well. :)

    xoxo from Miami – Jessy

  26. Ann-Louise says:

    I love this post, you should do more make up posts!

  27. emma says:

    I love this soft and feminine look! It’s a great look for everyday :)

  28. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is THE best!


  29. Libby says:

    I have a bad habit of touching my face throughout the day, which is why I love using a foundation brush! And the Turkish Delight lipgloss is amazing – a must have!!

    Stylin’ Iowan Blog

  30. Karen says:

    I have been thinking about buying the Laura Mercier moisturizer instead of foundation but wasn’t sure if it would be a good substitute! Thank you for this post I’m going out to buy mine ASAP!

  31. Rachel says:

    Do you have any tips for avoiding breaks out while wearing makeup? I absolutely love the look of my skin when I have on foundation, but I hate that it causes me to get breakouts every single time. I would love some tips! Thanks :)
    Blonde with a Chanse

  32. Sarah says:

    Love your Chanel makeup brush! I’m a huge proponent of buying the correct brushes for specific items — my mom has been in makeup for 15 years, so she’s drilled it in me! x


  33. Jessica says:

    That tinted moisturizer is my absolute favorite. I wear it every day, all year round.

  34. Bri says:

    Thanks for sharing! When you use the brush for foundation, do you put the foundation directly on the brush to blend? I’m new to using a brush for foundation!

  35. So beautiful! I am with you – on most days when I’m just staying at home or just running errands, I love just the soft touches of makeup. Thanks for sharing. These are some great products, Rach! Xo, Alison

  36. Alexandra says:

    So so pretty! I love that you use a tinted moisturizer – genius!

    Warm Regards,

  37. Vanessa says:

    Beautiful post! Love anything from NARS! xo

  38. Mandy says:

    Ahhh, everything in that first photo is love! So want to try Laguna and get the Naked Basic (albeit the 2nd one).

  39. Rose says:

    Great post, Rach! We use a lot of the same products! I’m anxious to give the Bobbi Brown mascara and the Nars eye liner a try. You look gorgeous!

  40. Krista says:

    Love this neutral look. I have almost all of those items and they’re some of my favorite in my makeup collection.

  41. I absolutely love the tinted Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer too!! I lucked out on learning about it thanks to my Sephora birthday deal. :) I love it. Love your soft, and pink feminine look. It’s gorgeous. :)

  42. OMG you have all the products that I wish I had!

  43. Tran says:

    Natural is always best! You look lovely.

  44. karen says:

    So excited to see you in Philly at the Nordstrom Rack event! I have lots of rotten tomatoes from my garden to share with you. Be on the look out!!! :)

  45. You makeup is flawless! I love anything Laura Mercier.

  46. Janina says:

    I am loving that NARS highlighter! It looks gorgeous :)
    XO Janina

  47. Melissa says:

    Gorgeous makeup! I love so many of those products!

  48. Ally Gong says:

    Love this feminine look-all the pink hues make me so happy! Thanks for sharing :) I have to try out some of these products
    -Ally Gong

  49. Adele says:

    Gorgeous! Such a wearable daytime look.
    Hugs xoxo

  50. Marlies says:

    Love your look! Very feminine, soft but I don’ have enough time in the mornings, so mostly I go with a BB cream, some blush and mascara :)

  51. Laura Mercier is my go -to tinted moisturizer! I use the illuminating one for a bit of a dewy look. I agree that it’s airy and light…foundations feel too heavy. I need to try that bronzer by NARS!

  52. The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing. Xx

  53. Jacy says:

    I recently bought the NARS ‘Laguna’ bronzer and it’s by far the best I’ve ever used! So a NARS blush is definitely next on my list. You look radiant here – absolutely gorgeous!


  54. Kari says:

    I love this entire look. It’s very similar to my go-to feminine look, except I use slightly darker products to work with my deeper skin tone.

  55. I love this soft, feminine and natural look on you!!

    your natural beauty shines through.


  56. Megan says:

    Gorgeous!! What shade do you wear in the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer?

  57. Chelsey says:

    I love Naked Basics!! Which colour combo are you using? I’m always looking for different styles to try!
    -Chelsey // AndEverythingNice

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!