If there is one key beauty accessory for this spring then it is dewy, glowing skin.
The Spring/Summer 2016 ready to wear shows consistently pushed a barefaced, natural make-up look, such as the sweet and angelic vibe at Christian Dior, and the low-key, ‘anti selfie’ vibe seen at Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant.
There are several tricks to recreating that luminous catwalk finish when it comes to applying your make-up at home. At Dior, the models wore a dewy-finish foundation with a dab of blusher placed high on the cheekbone, to create the impression of a natural flush, while at Opening Ceremony, make-up artist James Boehmer prepped the skin and then applied Nars Triple X Lipgloss to the mouth, the bridge of the nose, the high points of the cheekbones and the eyelids for a particularly dewy look.
Celebrity beauty artist Lisa Eldridge points out that in order to achieve the natural look, foundation should be viewed as a product to even out the skin tone and calm down redness rather than provide total coverage for every blemish.
She recommends using a tinted moisturizer for a light coverage, before pinpointing trouble areas with a thick, heavy-duty concealer. A tiny amount of stick foundation, liquid foundation or hot poured concealer applied with an eyeliner brush or a flat synthetic eye brush will do all the hard work where necessary, without covering areas of the skin that don’t need it. Set with a light powder to make sure the concealer stays in place.
Charlotte Tilbury, meanwhile, suggests using the “Wonderglow” from her own cosmetics line, which contains a “Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser” that is designed to absorb UV particles from the surroundings for a glowing complexion, before buffing in your foundation for a youthful coverage.
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Beauty brands are finding increasingly innovative ways to tap into the trend, with products including MAC’s new “Barbados Girl” rose gold bronzer and “Pink Rebel” soft champagne lustre drops ($21), which can be massaged directly onto the skin for a subtle shimmer, and Dior’s new “Glowing Gardens” collection, which contains an illuminating powder designed to melt into the skin and leave an iridescent finish. The ‘no make-up’ make-up look has never been more accessible.
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