With temperatures soaring and long days spent on the sand and in the surf, there‚Äôs no better time than summer to forgo heavy foundation in favour of a lighter approach. ‚ÄúThis new ‚Äėno makeup-makeup look‚Äô can be challenging to achieve because for years we‚Äôve been told to cover-up ‚Äď and we‚Äôre still on autopilot,‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúWe need to take the time to step back, re-think, and try to break our learned habits in regards to application,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúThis is the one time of the year when you can set aside the complexities of makeup to embrace the summer glow.‚ÄĚ
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. ‚ÄúHonest, raw beauty is being embraced,‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúThink of your bare skin as your natural existing make-up,‚ÄĚ 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 don‚Äôt need to rely on make-up to cover up. ‚ÄúInstead of forking out on different foundations to ‚Äėsmooth‚Äô skin, perhaps invest in an exfoliating toner or lotion to unclog pores and slough away dry skin,‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúThis way you don‚Äôt need to wear full-coverage foundation all over the face,‚ÄĚ Stonehouse explains. Application wise, to achieve radiant, barely there coverage Stonehouse recommends using your fingers. ‚ÄúThis way you really feel where you‚Äôre applying the foundation, and as a result, you‚Äôll end up using less,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúUse your fingers to gently ‚Äėglaze‚Äô over the areas that need a little more love.‚ÄĚ Avoid using circular buffing motions as Stonehouse says this can disturb any previously applied layers of skincare and create a patchy look. ‚ÄúFor day-long longevity, I recommend a pressed touch-up powder for most people,‚ÄĚ he says.
A hint of bronzer is the quickest way to give skin a sun-kissed look. ‚ÄúLightly apply your bronzer where you would usually apply your blush and contour, and always apply to the temples and bridge of the nose,‚ÄĚ Stonehouse says. For a believable bronzed goddess look, think about where you would usually tan and gently dust bronzer over these areas. ‚ÄúNever forget to check that the neck isn‚Äôt looking too pale in comparison,‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúIt will reflect light into the eye area and open eyes up more than what any powder eyeshadow will ever do,‚ÄĚ explains Stonehouse. ‚ÄúTo minimise creasing, avoid applying the product to the crease ‚Äď just place a tiny pop close to the lash line on the highest point of the lid.‚ÄĚ Mascara, says Stonehouse, should be non-negotiable. ‚ÄúI always prioritise this over anything else on the eye. Always use a jet-black that will curl, define and open up the eyes.‚ÄĚ