Flawless Skin Tricks Models Swear By – Allure Sept. 2011

  • Dillute any foundation.  Mix a dollop of it with a dab of facial moisterizer in the palm of your hand, and you’ve got a tinted moisturizer.  “It gives a satin finish and has that light feeling,” said makeup artist Karim Rahman at the spring 2007 Isabel Marant show.
  • Skip the puff.  “Always apply powder with a brush for a fine dusting – a puff can make the finish cakey,” McGrath told us backstage at Balenciaga’s spring 2008 show, where she used a faint coating (and a big fluffy brush) for what she called, “fresh matte skin.”
  • Use powder judiciously.  Keeping powder just on the T-zone, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux did at the spring 2010 Balmain show, controls shine where it matters, while still allowing the skin “to look dewy everywhere else.”
  • Brighten up with blush.  This is especially important with neutral eyes and lips, said makeup artist James Kaiardos, who created the minimalist look for Zac Posen’s spring 2008 show.  “Pink or peach on the tops of the cheekbones keeps monotone makeup from looking dead,” he explained.
  • Geta  subtle, bronzer-free glow.  “Use a foundation one shade deeper than your skin tone for a natural-looking glow,” said McGrath at the Dolce & Gabanna spring 2010 show.
  • Balance smoky eyes with flawless skin.  With dramatic smoky eyes, you can go easy on other makeup.  But tha tdoesn’t mean venture out barefaced.  “You need foundation and powder,” said makeup artist Dick Page at the Michael Kors fall 2008 show.  “Dark eyes with bare skin can look grubby.”
  • Don’t forget to highlight.  Apply it sparingly, as Kendal did at the fall 2010 Thakoon show, at the inner corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow.  Or skip blush and blend a gold cream along the cheekbones, as Phillips did at hte 2007 Giorgi Armani Show. Allure’s picks for flawless skin:
  • To apply powder:

Sephora Professional Round Powder Brush










To liven up monotone makeup:

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Rosy OUtlook













To luminize skin:

Jouer Creme Highlighter in Tiare













Trends may change, but the products used to create them stay surprisingly consistent.  Here, a few key items we’ve spotted again and again backstage:

Nars The Multiple in Copacabana

We’ve watched many makeup artists – even those who have contracts with other brands – pat this illuminating pink-y silver cream on models’ brow bones and cheekbones.













M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation

This sheer formula has perfected complexions at contless shows, including Donna Karan, Chloe, Balmain, and Aquilano Rimondi.















Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant 

Smoothed over cheeks, limbs, or lips, it adds a pretty gleam – and it looks especially cool when makeup artists layer it over eye shadow.  “It’s tough to do a show without it,” Pecheaux told us.













Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Face Color 

Supersilky and highly pigmented, these powder blushes have brightened up cheeks at shows like Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.















Sk-II Facial Treatment Mask

If McGrath is in the house, you’re sure to find her models doing a pre-makeup prep backstage with these moisturizing (and vaguely Jason-like) masks.















Covergirl Eye Enhancers Shadow in Tapestry Taupe

This shimmery beige eye shadow has been used to add a subtle sheen to lids at shows such as Gucci, Versace, and J. Mendel.













Aquaphor Healing Ointment

It quickly softens lips or dry patches of skin, and it’s often mixed with powder shadows or blushes to give them a creamy texture.  At one Narciso Rodriguez show, Page even combined it with black pencil liner, then smudged the blend around the eyes.

– Allure, September 2011 “Makeup Bonanza”

Categories: Best of Beauty, Face, Industry Professionals' Favrites, Uncategorized


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