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The makeup swipes and spills you see above may be thick and deeply pig­mented on the page; on your skin, they stay true to their hues but feel weight­less and look di­aphanous. The magic comes from both the for­mu­las—lighter than ever, easy to blend, mois­ture packed—and the tech­nique you use to ap­ply them. “It’s just like cre­at­ing a wa­ter­color paint­ing,” celebrity makeup artist Troy Jensen says. Rather than dip­ping your paint­brush in a jar of wa­ter, though, “you’ll spritz your makeup brush with a fa­cial mist be­fore ap­ply­ing a sheer wash of pow­der,” he says. It also helps if you prep your can­vas: Smooth a serum or a fa­cial oil (like Laneige Wa­ter Bank Dou­ble Lay­er­ing Oil, RM146) onto your skin right be­fore you blend in your makeup. The ef­fect on your face is a bit like how a drop of paint blurs across a wet sur­face. “It looks gleamy with no hard lines or de­fined shapes, which gives off a youth­ful, ef­fort­less vibe,” celebrity

make-up artist Matin Maulaw­iz­ada says. And be­cause the for­mu­las go on so sheer, you have a lot of room to play. “You can em­brace the bold colour trends that are hap­pen­ing right now in a safe way,” ex­plains Tim Quinn, a makeup artist for Gior­gio Ar­mani Beauty. “It’s per­fect for an ac­tive day or a fun sum­mer night out.” Here, a few more pro point­ers to help you nail this fresh new face.

Bright eyes

First, you’ll pick a colour—or two. Mod­els in the spring/sum­mer Ar­mani Privé Cou­ture show walked down the run­way with cus­tom mixes of sea-foam and rose or shim­mery sky blue and dove-gray shad­ows on their up­per and lower eye­lids. When you’re do­ing a wa­ter­color eye, even un­usual com­bos can be wear­able, Jensen says. Next, dampen your eye shadow brush with a fa­cial mist (try Melvita Or­ganic Rose Flo­ral Wa­ter, RM130,; swirl it in a pow­der shadow, then swipe along your eye­lid, cre­at­ing a thin wash of trans­par­ent color. For con­ti­nu­ity, tap a bit into the in­ner cor­ner of your eye too, Jensen says. Fin­ish with a few coats of black mas­cara for con­trast.

Gleamy flushed cheeks

If you want your blush to last for more than a hot sec­ond, then it has to be a pow­der for­mula, Quinn says. Prob­lem is, pow­ders don’t typ­i­cally give you much of the dewy, wa­tery fac­tor we’re go­ing for here. That’s why you will sand­wich your blush with a bit of balm or oil. Af­ter you’ve ap­plied foun­da­tion (“I rec­om­mend a semi­matte fin­ish; oth­er­wise you’ll just be way too lu­mi­nous all over,” Quinn says), tap a sheer fa­cial mois­tur­izer (a serum, an oil, or even a lit­tle Vase­line) on the ap­ples of your cheeks, and then im­me­di­ately brush a pink or co­ral pow­der blush on top. You can add a touch more of your hy­drat­ing for­mula to soften the edges of the colour and up the youth­ful ra­di­ance even more.

Re­flec­tive lips

Here, you have op­tions: There’s the ma­jor gloss look—mir­ror­like lips al­most drip­ping with mois­ture—and then there’s the balmy lip. Su­per­glossy lips are a state­ment. “I rec­om­mend do­ing that look when you don’t have colour­ful makeup on the rest of your face,” Maulaw­iz­ada says. Try swip­ing on juicy colours, like wa­ter­melon and straw­berry; they’re in­cred­i­bly flat­ter­ing for all skin tones. Or if you’ve gone for coloured eye shadow or bright blush, then con­sider a tinted lip oil or a shiny lip balm. “Th­ese let the skin on your lips show through and of­fer a sub­tle re­flec­tion,” Maulaw­iz­ada says. It’s that nat­u­ral, your-lips-but-bet­ter ef­fect.

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