No-makeup makeup is awesome in theory, but not so awesome when you’re in front of the mirror staring at dark circles and red spots. So what’s the secret to looking flawless with as little makeup as possible? Light washes of neutral shades that enhance your eyes, lips, and cheeks, said makeup artist Grace Lee backstage at yesterday’s Public School’s spring 2017 show. “The look is very effortless and fresh, but we didn’t want them to look like ‘spring flower’ pretty,” she said. “Just a beautiful version of themselves.”
First Lee prepped the skin with an ample spritz of La Roche Posay Spring Water followed by Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. “I basically drown them, let the water sit, and then I use a lot of moisturizer and massage it in before the water dries down,” she explained, adding that it’s crucial to focus on the areas around the eyes and the nose. “If you have a lot of redness around the nose and you don’t moisturize, the concealer you apply will look like concealer on your skin.” When needed, Lee used Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer and Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer mixed on the back of her hand and applied with either a small flat brush or her body’s built-in makeup tools: “If you really press it in with your fingers, it helps concealer grab to the skin.”
To give the eyes depth, Lee used a fluffy eye shadow brush to buff on two creamy taupe colors (depending on the skin tone), across the lids and slightly above the creases. “You get a tint of a light taupe-y gray, but not a shadow,” she explained. Lashes were curled and defined with black mascara.
For born-with-it rose bud lips, Lee mixed together varying ratios of two neutral lipsticks—taupe-y Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lip Color in Gone Greige and the rosier Maybelline New York ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Nude Nuance—by dabbing each bullet with her pointer finger, blending on the back of her hand, and pressing the color into the lips to leave just a tint. “I also like using my finger to press in color because it gets the blood flowing, the lips get more plump, and you tend to use less lipstick,” she said. For the final touch, Lee dabbed her thumb into the same mix of shades and tapped it onto the cheeks. “We just want to celebrate their individuality,” said Lee. Amen. Here’s looking at you looking like you.
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