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Suqqu? We Hardly Know You

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Lisa Eldridge, Matthew Williamson’s go-to face painter, is part makeup artist, part unofficial PR rep. “I’ve been a fan for a long time,” she told us yesterday of Suqqu, the Japanese cosmetics brand that is only sold in Japan—and at Selfridges in London. “Their brushes are like gold dust,” she said, lamenting the fact that the company’s softer-than-soft tools are so precious and rare. “They’re so exclusive, no one can get them.” Eldridge, lucky girl, has a complete set, which she used to mix a custom-blended “mustard rust” gel eyeliner for Williamson’s Spring collection, applying it in a thick, angled flick that extended toward models’ temples. But the real star backstage was skin, which benefited from Suqqu’s beautiful foundation and standouts from its skincare range, which Eldridge brings with her on every job. “We always start with a Gankin facial,” she explained of Suuqu’s massage technique that involves really intense kneading motions to release tension around the jaw line and along cheekbones while boosting circulation. Eldridge performed the treatment using the brand’s Repair Essence, although she’s a big fan of its Musculate Massage Cream, which boasts extracts of green tea, coffee, and geranium root, as well. Then came Suqqu’s Creamy Makeup Base, which applies like a veil of coverage, imparting a dewy, velvety finish unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Adding a slight contour with its Balancing Cheeks in 04, a peachy, tawny powder duo, and a “rusty, beigey” lip with its Lipstick in #13, Eldridge finished the face and left us with one, burning question: When, oh when, will Suuqu touch down in the States? (Barneys, Saks, feel free to comment below.)

Photo: Courtesy of Suuqu

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