MAS­TERS OF NUDE

Per­fect­ing the art of flaw­less skin, on both face and body

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FACE

In­vest in a good mask that hy­drates and soft­ens skin, and don’t ne­glect your cleanser. “En­vi­ron­men­tal threats pro­duce an abun­dance of free rad­i­cals that can cause ox­ida­tive stress, which can re­sult in signs of ac­cel­er­ated skin age­ing and fine lines and wrin­kles,” says Art Pel­le­grino, vice pres­i­dent of R&D with El­iz­a­beth Ar­den. Gen­tly mas­sage in cleanser to re­move the dead cells that can crease an oth­er­wise flaw­less fin­ish, then pat in a re­fresh­ing lo­tion. Bobbi Brown’s Ex­tra Treat­ment Lo­tion hy­drates with a su­gar-de­rived in­gre­di­ent said to recharge and re-boost all day long.

Buff in an il­lu­mi­nat­ing mois­turiser right af­ter cleansing, and then ap­ply liq­uid foun­da­tion – this is eas­ier to blend and does not cake as fast as two-way pow­ders. Wendy Rowe, the make-up mae­stro be­hind Burberry’s English rose looks, likes to keep the lips nude and eye­shad­ows petal-soft, and gives cheeks a touch of warmth with­out bronzer. Be strate­gic with your fin­ish­ing pow­der to avoid cak­ing. “Ap­ply af­ter foun­da­tion and con­cealer, only where you need it – maybe on the T-zone, around the eyes, and the nose,” ad­vises Sada­fumi Ito, Nars in­ter­na­tional make-up stylist.

A con­cealer brush with bright­en­ing prop­er­ties works best for the eye area, so pick a hue that is lighter than those dark bags. Ap­ply three dots to the area un­der your pupils – a full-on half moon will leave you look­ing too done – and then pat in the con­cealer with your ring fin­ger, quickly but gen­tly. To cover up zits and acne scars, match the colour to your skin tone and opt for con­cealer sticks or jars. As for green and yel­low cor­rec­tors, use them spar­ingly only where needed.

“We are play­ing with ev­ery make-up tool – eye­shadow, eye­brow pen­cils, blush, lip­sticks – but you don’t see it,” says Tom Pecheux of the chic French look he once cre­ated for Is­abel Marant. Pecheux matched nude lip­stick to the mod­els’ nat­u­ral hues. Seal it in with a nude lip liner to subtly de­fine your mouth, ad­vises Rowe.

BODY

For starters, you will have to get that body mov­ing. Flaw­less skin re­quires a taut, toned can­vas. “You can’t be toned if you are nei­ther eat­ing right, nor ex­er­cis­ing,” says Vin­cent Mah, gen­eral man­ager of Body­tone. The first Power Plate stu­dio is all about get­ting the most out of a 45-minute work­out. With rig­or­ous train­ing done on vi­bra­tion mode, a vis­i­ble smooth­ness and taut­ness of the skin is not the only perk; you also get to slim down and boost your phys­i­cal stamina.

“I dry brush ev­ery day for three min­utes to get the tox­ins mov­ing ef­fi­ciently through the lymph sys­tem,” quips Kim­berly Sny­der, nu­tri­tion­ist to the Hol­ly­wood stars and au­thor of two best-sell­ing books, The Beauty Detox So­lu­tion and The Beauty Detox Foods. Show­er­ing with hot wa­ter will open up the pores – the per­fect time to slough off hid­den im­pu­ri­ties and dead skin cells. An en­su­ing veil of sen­sa­tional, mois­tur­is­ing body cream will keep your skin pert and soft.

Talika’s Light Shap­ing In­tel­li­gent Light Ma­chine is a must-have for a non-in­va­sive skin smooth­ing and shap­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. By break­ing up fat de­posits and elim­i­nat­ing dis­coloura­tion, your body can say good­bye to all un­wanted bumps and other im­per­fec­tions. For a quick fix, Monica Lee, Malaysia’s make-up ex­traor­di­naire, loves MUD Air Brush Foun­da­tions, which are sil­i­cone-based colours, to go with the Spar­max Com­pres­sor and Gun. She has used it on many BAZAAR cover shoots to ef­fec­tively hide blem­ishes as well as con­tour the faces and bod­ies of mod­els and celebs alike, all for the hi-def cam­eras. As the spray can be ad­justed in vol­ume, it is easy to use, even for neo­phytes at home. “It is one thing I can’t live with­out,” she con­fides. If all else fails, try stock­ings for the legs; nude pieces come now in shades that re­ally look barely there.

Did you know nude nails also make the hands look more slen­der and so­phis­ti­cated? Katie Hughes, nail am­bas­sador of But­ter Lon­don is rav­ing about the new “vel­vet nudes” she cre­ated back­stage dur­ing Spring/ Sum­mer ’14 shows. “I am pre­dict­ing ev­ery­one will be wear­ing nail art over a nude base,” , she says, coin­ing ning the ef­fort­lessly cool dig­its she made at the Ruf­fian show as “float­ing nail art”.

Spar­max Per­sonal Air­brush Set

Talika Zero Stretch Mark Treat­ment

L’Occitane Al­mond Beau­ti­ful Shape

Amouage Hon­our Body Cream, RM330

Lierac Phy­to­phy­line In­ten­sive An­ti­Cel­lulite Treat­ment

Chanel Le Ver­nis in Bal­le­rina, RM70

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