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The Spa Face: Minimal, Natural Makeup

Mary Bemis

Less is more is a good mantra, especially when it comes to makeup. If you’re like I am, you prefer a minimum of cosmetics: a good mascara, a subtle blush, lip balm and liner, and a go-to under-eye concealer for those days when a little something extra is called for. When I’m at a spa, be it day, destination or resort, I always check out the makeup offerings. And I’ve always wondered why so many spas simply don’t take advantage of the fact that post-facial, many of us don’t want to walk out of the spa entirely bare-faced. Wouldn’t it be great if estheticians offered light touch-ups as an option? Or if they offered quick easy tips on how to achieve what I call the “spa face?”

There are a few spas that offer a dusting of mineral powder with an SPF post-facial, and recently, while visiting Rancho Valencia’s lovely spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California, I discovered a terrific display of trays of mineral makeup and powders (eyes, cheeks, lips) with individual, disposable applicators in the women’s locker area—a smart detail that showed how much this particular spa anticipates its guests needs.

Last October, while in the green room at the International Spa Association’s Conference in Las Vegas, I had the good fortune to meet makeup artist Tricia Campbell. It didn’t take me long to realize that Tricia was a real pro, one who as it turns out, is the director of education for Jane Iredale makeup. I asked her for her expert tips on achieving the spa face. She told me she has something she calls her “Flying Face” (pictured here), that really is quite simple to recreate. “I usually get up at four in the morning for early flights, and I won’t get on a plane without something on my face,” says Tricia, hence the name.

The Four Essential Makeup Items to Take to the Spa

“You want to feel like yourself, and you want to feel comfortable if you have to run out after a spa treatment,” shares Tricia, who believes in the importance of protecting your skin with a powder that provides SPF coverage. (Note: She recommends tossing powders that have been opened and are over one year old.) Here are Tricia’s four essentials to take to the spa:

•pressed mineral powder with an SPF



•lip gloss

How to Get the Look

This is super-simple because it uses one key product, a natural-looking blush, for three things: eyes, cheeks, lips.

•Apply a sheer pressed mineral powder base with an SPF.

•Choose a subtle shade of powder blush. (Copper Wind, a warm peachy tone from Jane Iredale, is used in this illustration.)

•Dot blush, using a dome-shaped blush brush, and apply to both eyes and cheeks.

•Using your fingers, apply a little blush to the lips.

•Apply a lip balm to the lips.

•Finish with a quick brush of mascara to the eyes.

•You’re good to go!



Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis is editorial director of She is an award-winning spa journalist, honored with Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and the distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She sits on the board of Wellness Warrior, is a Global Wellness Day Advisor and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.