This season the barefaced look took centre stage at Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane, and it’s easy to see why: it’s chic, timeless and happily low-maintenance.
Step 1: Base
Start by waking up skin with an illuminating primer like Becca First Light Priming Filter. The revitalising formula helps to energise dull, tired skin and creates a smooth base for makeup to cling onto. “Warm your complexion products and apply with hands to ensure they melt more evenly into the skin, ” says Nars Global Artist Anna Priadka. For an invisible finish, avoid heavier foundations and choose something light that still offers good coverage. Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer is buildable, so you can layer on just where you need it. Don’t be tempted to pile on the products either. “Keep your base simple and use cream or liquid products, ” says Rebecca Clarke, Director of Artistry at Kevyn Aucoin. Spritz a tonic like Caudalie Beauty Elixir over any complexion makeup and buff over with a clean brush to remove excess product and leave skin looking fresh and flawless.”
Step 2: Conceal
To banish redness and blemishes stock up on a creamy concealer and target the areas you need it most. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer covers blemishes easily and can be blended and buffed into skin to create a seamless, spot-free finish.
Step 3: Eyes
A vital but often overlooked step, an eye primer is your secret weapon when it comes to perfecting the eyelid area and making eyes look more awake, Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics is infallible. For a subtle yet defined eye, Rebecca suggests “applying Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif to your upper waterline to intensify the lash line, giving you natural looking definition without the hard edge of a liner.” Finish with a single coat of Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara in Black on upper lashes only. Anymore and the eyes instantly become the focus.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
The final flourish comes courtesy of perfectly groomed brows that frame your face and add imperceptible definition. To add natural depth and colour, shape with a pomade like Laura Mercier Sketch & Intensify Pomade & Powder Brow Duo, and set with the matching powder. If you feel naked with no colour on your face, a cream blush like By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacé will add a hint of warmth. Use an ultra-light hand and apply just a small amount for a very natural finish.