From Mild to Medium to Hot

I know a versatile beauty product when I see one—just a glimpse of theBalm cosmetics’ lip and cheek cream palette, How ‘Bout Them Apples? had my mind spinning with endless ways to wear the orchard-inspired shades. I tapped our in-house makeup guru, Nathaniel Yordan, to create three looks across a spectrum of spiciness—from mild enough for a Saturday shopping excursion to hot enough to turn heads at happy hour. I still can’t decide which flavor I like best—let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite!


This fresh-faced look is akin to a tomatillo salsa—it has a hint of heat, yet is still modest enough for any occasion. Nathaniel started by applying the palette’s Cider, a pale pink, to my cheekbones with his fingertips, layering it to build the semi-sheer color. On my lips he dabbed Candy, a punchy peach, followed by a clear gloss for some extra shine. Then he applied stila eye shadow in Cloud to my lids, adding a hint of neutral shimmer, followed by two coats of Eyeko Black Magic Mascara. Given my penchant for no-fuss makeup, I think I’ll wear this color combo the most often.


Taking my look to the next level of spiciness (the sriracha, if you will) called for bolder lines and brighter colors—but it’s still safe to wear to my next staff meeting. To punch things up in the eye department, Nathaniel applied brown liner and a bronze shadow to my lids, working from the crease to just below the brow bone. From theBalm’s palette he layered Caramel, a sophisticated pink, onto my lips. Using a brush for added control, he blended Pie, a vivacious pink, onto my cheeks. To diffuse the high-intensity shade, dab it onto the side of your hand with your fingers first, then dip your brush into the pigment there.


This is the habanero hot sauce of makeup looks. While my taste buds are still adjusting, I’m definitely a fan. Nathaniel took a planetarium-inspired approach to my eyes, applying the super-sparkly stila jewel eye shadow in Black Diamond to my lids. Black eyeliner replaced the brown for a more dramatic nighttime effect. To illuminate my cheeks, he applied Cobbler, the deepest of the palette’s reds. He topped everything off by applying Cider to my lips. Cue the hair flip—I’m ready for a night out on the town.

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