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.

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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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