Issue 34
Facing The Face
This spring women are stripped down to
expose perfect natural beauty with nude makeup.
Overthrowing the dark palettes and the beloved wine lip is the neutral makeup hues this spring. This beloved beauty trend lets the eye focus on a woman’s natural beauty as seen on the runways and in the new advertising campaigns from Balmain, Calvin Klein to Céline.

Only very few women are likely to embrace their naked faces with imperfections and dull skin that tend to reveal an intimate story of an assiduous woman. The collection of high-end makeup is their daily confidence booster. A modern woman is so used to the glamour of the black eyeliner and smoked-up eyes that the reflection of the naked face in the mirror makes her cringe each morning waking up with the weary eyes and every night the makeup comes off.

As a definition of the new minimalism in beauty, the nude look is ultimately about perfecting not hiding. Heavy foundation and a concealer, however, tend to cover up both the imperfection and the natural beauty.

A healthy nude look can be achieved with just a wash of foundation, a soft blend of a cheek to enhance the complexion and brighten up the dull skin without diminishing the natural shading of the face and eyes. Full eyebrows groomed to perfection give the face a natural proportion and attractiveness. “With a soft smudge of an eyeliner, a mascara on the upper lashes and a lovely soft toned nude or beige rose lip, a woman can look effortlessly beautiful.“ says Colleen Runné, the make-up artist behind this nude look photoshoot.

The makeup should refine a woman’s natural beauty. “It’s supposed to enhance not be a mask,” shares Ms. Runne. “For me, a great lip color is one of the best accessories; or a couple extra coats of mascara to create a playful eye. A subtle sweep of a bronzer in key points on the face is another natural beauty trick to dress up the face without overpowering.”

However the trick to a natural beauty begins with the skincare. It’s a smart investment into a healthy, nourished skin that can look beautiful with minimal makeup and effort. She advises, “Switch it up this season by adding a pop of red powder pigment to the center of a dark berry lip. A glossy red lip looks beautiful with a touch of gloss on the eye and big brushed brows. Or go all out with a bold dark lip with a touch of glitter pigment for interesting texture and shine. I also like experimenting with red hues that are a little off or not the traditional bright red or cherry red. I am really into red browns and deep berry tones!”


Photography by Kristiina Wilson; styling by Robert Mishchenko; make-up by Colleen Runné using NARS Cosmetics; hair by Domingo Quintero / Jed Root; model: Roosmarijn / Wilhelmina. Opening Image: top by Harbison; earrings by Heidi Gardner.
Words by Elona Voytovych
PRODUCTS WE LOVE
Make-up artist Colleen Runné shares with us
her secrets to perfect ‘no make-up’ look.
“It’s supposed to enhance and not be a mask”

COLLEEN RUNNÉ’S CLIENTS INCLUDE MAGAZINES LIKE ELLE, HARPER’S BAZAAR AND CELEBRITIES LIV TYLER AND DIANE VON FURSTENBERG AMONG MANY OTHERS. SHE WAS MENTORED BY DICK PAGE, THE LEGENDARY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SHISEIDO.


Step 1

PREP AND CUSHION

Always prep the skin with a luxurious moisturizer or a primer. Both cushion the skin before immediately applying the foundation, allowing for a smooth, seamless finish.

Step 2

FOUNDATION AND PERFECTION

Mix a bit of moisturizer with the foundation for a luminous finish following a halo of sheen around the eye and upper cheek area with the luminizer. A slight pop of a cheek color with a blush and finally highlight the key face points.

Step 3

THE SECRET TO FLAWLESS

The key to a seamless and effortless finish to your foundation application is using a damp foundation sponge. It allows for a build-able, yet not a heavy finish. Then apply a concealer only in the key areas using a soft small fluff brush to diffuse the color. Avoid going under the lower lash line around the eye to minimize creasing.

Step 4

ILLUMINATING EYES

An accent eye color can only enhance the natural makeup. Colleen wanted to highlight the model’s eyes with a bit of sheen. Following a bit of gloss to the eye to create more emphasis.

Step 5

LIPS CHANGE EVERYTHING

Pick a nude shade that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone or a bit lighter than your natural lip tone to complete your look. The model wore a nude matte lipstick with a dab of balm in the center of the lip.

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