As the heat and humidity reach their zenith, your lipstick may suddenly start to feel, well, heavy. Cue beets and radishes. Yup, you heard right. Imparting the same watery tint as Benefit's perennial classic Benetint, with absolutely no chemical trail, this little vegetable duo doesn't have to work too hard to get your lips punctuated with an acid chartreuse color (visual yum).
In fact, according to skin care–as–makeup proponent makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, the editorial makeup artist who, for over 30 years, has worked with fashion's top photographers, stylists, and models and is the creator of her own authentically green makeup line, using pops of strategic color can take us down memory lane. "Think of the image we have in the back of our minds of youth and the perfect innocent red lip color we are all magically born with: Everyone dreams of being blessed with that permanent lip color for life. The idea of beets and their natural origin from Mother Earth links together in our fantasy of pureness and innocence. Who thinks of that perfect hue coming from synthetic colors?"
If you’re not lucky enough to have Swift on hand for a touch-up, embrace your inner artist with this DIY mix that puts believably flushed lips, and even cheeks, at your fingertips. It's pretty fun actually. Simmer one or two (depending on how big a batch you want) peeled beetroots and four unpeeled radishes over a medium heat for about six to eight minutes. Once the cherry-hued mix has cooled down, strain it into a small pot and dab liberally on lips and even cheeks, for a Kool-Aid lolly flush that looks mighty beautiful set against glowing summer skin. The key is finding the right consistency, and adding some raw coconut oil makes things just that bit runnier, shinier, and somehow better. FYI: Dab on top as often as needed, because the aforementioned tint can be unforgiving, highlighting any cracks and chapping.
When it comes to concocting your own formulations, there are absolutely no rules. If you're feeling adventurous, sprinkle a sparkly pigment into the mix and blend, until the desired opacity is achieved, albeit in the infinitely more wearable form of a shimmer-flecked translucent stain. The best thing about tints is that they give the impression of having been pressed by a mysterious fingertip, promising to get better with some wear and tear, no touch-ups necessary. Green never looked so good.