GRWM: Sizzling, desert heat with Glossier Play

What’s up, everybody! I’m so excited to be making my Cherry debut with this high-shine, high desert-inspired look brought to you by Glossier Play and some of my go-to makeup staples. When Caroline, Cherry’s effervescent and bad*ss editor, presented me with the opportunity to try out products from Glossier’s bold new line, I was ecstatic. I’ve long been a fan of Glossier, and I trust their products implicitly.

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Knowing I’d soon be traveling to Sedona, AZ, I dreamed up a look using Glossier’s Colorside Technogel Eye Pencil ($15) in the warm shade Jumbo, inspired by the famous red rocks of the region. I trekked up a short trail to Yavapai Vista, a flat area with views of Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock among others, and began the look in the great outdoors. (I even wet my beauty sponge at home beforehand!)

Execution was not without a hitch, though. As soon as I pressed Jumbo joyfully onto my skin, the tip of the pencil broke completely off. I was dumbfounded, sitting on the middle of a giant rock without an eye pencil sharpener at my disposal. It was up to Adult Swim, the royal blue shade of Glossier’s Colorslide, to carry the magic of this look if I was to make my makeup micro-hike worthwhile. Halfway into drawing on the second wing, Adult Swim’s tip broke, too. Oh, the horror! The betrayal!

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At first, I thought it may have been my fault. Maybe I pressed too hard. But when the second tip broke, I knew it couldn’t have just been me. Now, on one hand, this could have been avoided had I simply had a sharpener with me. On the other hand, I don’t think anyone expects their eye pencil to break, or run out quickly enough that you’d need to sharpen it on the first use. Certainly not an eye pencil by a brand you love and trust. And while I was able to complete the look when I returned to my mom’s house and borrowed a sharpener, I remain pretty disappointed by the structural integrity of Glossier Play’s Colorslide. Womp womp :/

On a much brighter, more glittery note and without further adieu, I present our finished product.

1. Start with a clean, bare face. If you wash your face prior, wait at least 30 minutes to allow your skincare products to settle before applying any makeup.

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2. Apply primer by smoothing it into your skin with your fingers. Start with a small amount and add more as needed. I used Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer ($32), but any primer will do. On the back of my hand I mixed equal parts Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 170 ($35) and Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy & Smooth Liquid Foundation in 115 ($7.99). Using my middle finger, I dotted some onto an area of my face and blended it in a circular, patting motion with a beauty sponge until my face felt and looked covered.

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3. Using a large powder brush, I swiped Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in paaarty ($29) onto the apples of my cheeks.

4. My favorite step: highlight! I started by swiping Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova ($14-$28) directly onto the highest points of my cheekbones and gently blending it with my ring finger. I also applied a tiny amount to the inner corners of my eyes with the tip of my pinky. Then, for extra drama, I layered Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Fire Crystal ($36) on top of those areas, as well as the tip and bridge of my nose, brow bones, and my cupid’s bow.

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5. Normally I do my eyebrows earlier in the process, but we’re going with it! I filled in my brows using Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown ($6.79).

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6. Finally, we get to the eyes! I wanted to make this a shiny, glittery look that would work for going out (despite being created in the high desert), so I brought out a coppery favorite: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma ($24 for a full-sized single, or a set of 3 minis on sale for $15). I swiped a generous amount onto each eyelid and patted it all over with my ring finger.

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7. I created a wing on each eyelid using Adult Swim, and added Jumbo around just the outer part of the wing for a more dynamic color story, and some added length. The longer the wing, the more easily you can fly away from your enemies (or creepy dudes hitting on you at the bar).

This step occurred over some time due to the technical difficulties about which you read above, but if you’ve got a sharpener on hand — I’d guess the Blade by Glossier Play ($4) would be your best bet — you should be all set.

While I’m definitely disappointed by how easily the pencils broke, the pigmentation was outrageous and once I was able to sharpen them they glided onto my skin with ease. That said, if you’re looking for a super precise wing, I personally don’t love pencil eyeliner for that. I’m definitely going to play around with some more graphic looks using Colorslide! Lip gloss ($14).

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And you’re done! I loved taking you on this journey with me, and I hope this high desert-inspired look helps you bring out your inner shine. 🍒