Gone are the days when gym exits were likened to walks of shame. Today, the post-gym look is the new cool. By Li Ying Lim.
Call it the Gigi Hadid effect. One night, when stepping out on a date with Zayn Malik, she was seen dressed in gym slacks, with a sleek ponytail poised for a workout session, and a cherry red pout to transform the day look entirely to a sultry one fit for the special occasion. “Really, really real ... better versions of themselves,” is how Val Garland, make-up artist extraordinaire, describes this pervasive look of the season. Going beyond the gym and into fashion closets, beauty this season is subverting high-tech skincare and summer tan with “gym skin with an athletic—not cosmetic—health to it,” says Garland. “A freshfaced realness.”
“These looks are every woman’s idea of how she’d ideally like to look with no make-up on,” elaborates MAC make-up artist Terry Barber. Imagine Paul Smith’s glowing, transparent sheen on the cheeks; as well as Christopher Kane’s girls, who all donned drenched hair and “effortless skin”, created by the master of luminous complexions, Lucia Pieroni. Her secret to even more light around the eyes? “Dab and blend Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes,” she divulges.
The keyword here is obviously “skin”. “There is an absolute art to treading the fine line between creating beautiful skin and one that has enough rawness to it to be
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