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July 24 2014

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Sunday Riley

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Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Sunday Riley, founder of Sunday Riley Skincare and Makeup

The Product: “I’m a child from the seventies and grew up during my mother’s hippie days. My mother was impossibly beautiful, with fair skin and dark hair and eyes. She used to put on this Maybelline icy pastel blue eye shadow that I will never forget. Every day she would do a full face of makeup. We lived in Houston, Texas, where you do not go outside without your makeup on because, as my mother would say, ‘You never know who you’re going to meet.’ She had a specific technique of sweeping eye shadow over the lid, then she would wet a brush and line her eyes, top and bottom, with navy shadow. The finishing touch was her frosted pink lipstick! My mother isn’t extravagant, but she is very focused on her beauty routine. I remember sitting and watching her meticulously put on all these products—foundation, powder, liner—but the eye shadow stuck with me the most. When it came to creating my own line, I made the eye shade Blue Bonnet for her, which is a modern take on baby blue, and I wanted to be sure the packaging had clear tops. My mother usually had about 20 to 30 shadows in her drawer at any time, and she would have to look through them all to find the exact right shade. To this day, I’m still a blue makeup person. But navy is more my color than icy blue!”

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