If you’ve ever wondered how you achieve the barely there make-up look, we find out from an expert.
Forget about heavy layers of foundation that are guaranteed to leave your skin feeling weighed down â this season is all about glowing skin and a ‘barely there’ approach to make-up. âThis new âno makeup-makeup lookâ can be challenging to achieve because for years weâve been told to cover-up â and weâre still on autopilot,â admits Lochie Stonehouse, national make-up artist for YSL and Giorgio Armani New Zealand. In the constant pursuit of complexion perfection, Stonehouse believes many of us are following too many unnecessary steps. âWe need to take the time to step back, re-think, and try to break our learned habits in regards to application,â he says.
A more pared-back approach has become a common occurrence both on and off the runway, and Stonehouse believes that slowly but surely the definition of flawless in the beauty realm is finally being redefined. âHonest, raw beauty is being embraced,â he says. With this in mind, it makes sense that the best way to adopt the barely there approach to makeup is with your own bare skin. âThink of your bare skin as your natural existing make-up,â Stonehouse says. While it can be easy to pick up a foundation to hide imperfections, Stonehouse says it makes more sense to tweak your skincare so you donât need to rely on make-up to cover up. âInstead of forking out on different foundations to âsmoothâ skin, perhaps invest in an exfoliating toner or lotion to unclog pores and slough away dry skin,â Stonehouse suggests.
Less is More
When it comes to applying foundation Stonehouse recommends sheer to medium coverage if you have fairly clear skin. Those with blemish-prone skin should try a full-coverage conceal and strategically spot conceal. âThis way you donât need to wear full-coverage foundation all over the face,â Stonehouse explains. Application wise, to achieve radiant, barely there coverage Stonehouse recommends using your fingers. âThis way you really feel where youâre applying the foundation, and as a result, youâll end up using less,â he says. âUse your fingers to gently âglazeâ over the areas that need a little more love.â Avoid using circular buffing motions as Stonehouse says this can disturb any previously applied layers of skincare and create a patchy look. âFor day-long longevity, I recommend a pressed touch-up powder for most people,â he says.
Get Glowing Skin
A hint of bronzer is the quickest way to give skin a sun-kissed look. âLightly apply your bronzer where you would usually apply your blush and contour, and always apply to the temples and bridge of the nose,â Stonehouse says. For a believable bronzed goddess look, think about where you would usually tan and gently dust bronzer over these areas. âNever forget to check that the neck isnât looking too pale in comparison,â Stonehouse explains.
Switching out powder-based eyeshadows in favour of a cream highlighter which can be gently pressed onto eyelids is perfect for a radiant yet understated beauty look. âIt will reflect light into the eye area and open eyes up more than what any powder eyeshadow will ever do,â explains Stonehouse. âTo minimise creasing, avoid applying the product to the crease â just place a tiny pop close to the lash line on the highest point of the lid.â Mascara, says Stonehouse, should be non-negotiable. âI always prioritise this over anything else on the eye. Always use a jet-black that will curl, define and open up the eyes.â
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