Skin un cov­ered

Hong Kong Tatler - - Beauty -

The pre­vail­ing trend for skin, undis­puted across the fash­ion cap­i­tals, was for it to be clean, stripped-back and bare. “It’s not nat­u­ral, un­done, noth­ing­ness,” ex­plains Pat Mcgrath back­stage at Jil San­der. “It’s pure but beau­ti­ful and pol­ished.” While the con­cept of a naked face reigned for yet another sea­son, sub­tle nu­ances were in ev­i­dence at var­i­ous shows, with both dewy and demi-matte fin­ishes on dis­play. At Stella Mccart­ney, a fresh flush, the re­sult of buff­ing a nat­u­ral cream blush into cheeks, gave the skin a sporty look. Mean­while, care­fully placed lu­mi­nous high­lights at Al­berta Ferretti gave the mod­els an almost re­flec­tive man­nequin fin­ish. At Bot­tega Veneta, Calvin Klein and Is­abel Marant, faces were gen­tly buffed and vel­vety matte, as though sun-blasted and baked, whereas Burberry’s sheer wash of BB cream en­hanced, rather than con­cealed, the skin’s nat­u­ral tex­ture. The “real” skin seen on the cat­walks was the re­sult of seam­less, skin­per­fect­ing for­mu­las ap­plied with mas­ter­ful artistry: the make-up was min­i­mal, how­ever the prepa­ra­tion was any­thing but. Both Tom Pecheux and Pat Mcgrath spent more time tend­ing to mod­els’ skin—mas­sag­ing in oils and ad­min­ster­ing plump­ing, bright­en­ing masks—than ac­tu­ally ap­ply­ing make-up.

GET THE LOOK PREP THE SKIN WITH NOUR­ISH­ING PROD­UCTS, THEN AP­PLY A LIGHT­WEIGHT BASE OR CON­CEALER ONLY WHERE NEEDED TO EVEN OUT TONE. USE A BUFF­ING BRUSH; THIS WILL CRE­ATE A MORE “UN­DONE” FIN­ISH THAN FIN­GERS OR SPONGE AP­PLI­CA­TION CAN.

CLOCK­WISE FROM FAR LEFT: SK- II SIGNS EYE MASK; ESTÉE LAUDER DOU­BLE WEAR ALL- DAY GLOW BB; TOM FORD TRACE­LESS PER­FECT­ING FOUN­DA­TION; RODIN OLIO LUSSO; ESTÉE LAUDER IDE­AL­IST IL­LU­MI­NA­TOR

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