Tips! Tricks! Techniques!
Just Look Natural
Fri, 13 May 2011 7:49AM
Let’s be honest here, Primpers, do you ever suffer from complexion envy? I do. All the time. I also think looking at pictures of genetically-blessed celebs and models for a crust, doesn’t help my complaint either. That’s why, I love sharing less-staged shots of famous folk, where there’s no lighting crew, no photoshop magic and no hair and makeup artist at the ready for touch ups. It’s a case of what you see is what you get. And 99.9% of the time, it’s pretty ah-may-sing. Case in point: this shot of near-bare-faced beauty, Clemence Poesy snapped up at an outdoor fashion show somewhere in the sunny South of France…
Clemence Poesy looking like a modern hippie, only better, with her highlighted-in-all-the-right-places skin, slick of mascara and perfectly messy hair.
If you’re keen to try Ms Clemence’s A-la-Naturale style on for size, here’s how:
1. Go for Gold: If you’re thinking of skipping wearing foundation, it’s best to stick with neutral tones, like gold, taupe and beige, that won’t exaggerate any red undertones in the skin. For a foolproof option, dust a hint of bronzer on the spots where the light naturally hits the skin, like across the cheekbones, above the brown bone and jawline, before blending any excess powder across the decolletage.
2. Conceal like you mean it: Regardless of whether you decide to wear foundation or not, concealer, like underwear, is a must. Liquid concealers are great for evening out larger areas, are also brilliantly buildable and easy to blend on the go. It’s sister on the other hand, creamy concealer, is far more concentrated and best kept for covering up problem spots, like a blemish or bruise.
3. Like a Girl Scout, be prepared: If you only have room for one product in your clutch, make it a mattifying powder. You want dewy, not shiny, so try buffing a powder along the t-zone throughout the day to keep unwanted shine at bay. Once you’ve got the trouble spots under control, there’s no rule that says you can’t play up the rest of your skin, like above the brow bone, the centre of the nose, top of the cheekbones and cupids bow, with a shimmery highlighter.
4. Remember the forgotten territory: Hot showers and too many hours in air-con can leave our skin feeling dry and flaky. To keep your arms and legs looking silky smooth, make friends with a nourishing body lotion, like Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, $9.99. Its clever, non-greasy formula means you can slather it on all year round, without it ever feeling oily or sticky. Plus, it’s fragrance free, so you can practically bathe in the stuff, without it overpowering your perfume.
Weird, but wonderful fact: Did you know slathering on a body moisturiser before you put on your winter tights stops your clothes from getting that annoying static cling?
Do you love Clemence Poesy as much as we do?
Are you a natural in front of the camera?
Do you like a-la-naturale-looking makeup?
Words: Eliza Ashe. Pics: Getty.
Posted by: Eliza Ashe