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July 25 2014

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“Sexy, Cool” Isabel Marant Beauty, in Eight Easy Steps

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While watching the magic unfold backstage at the shows is endlessly enthralling, it’s always nice to have a few palate-cleansing moments of real, natural beauty—which can be just as inspiring as a dramatic red lip or a slicked-back, side-parted ponytail. That’s why we look forward to Isabel Marant every season, where you can typically find “sexy, cool girls” like Carmen Kass, Anja Rubik, and Aline Weber congregating en masse. And we’re not the only ones (it’s worth pointing out that backstage beauty reportage is an American and British game. It’s rare to see the French editors in the interview hunt, but you can count on them to turn up for Marant’s presentations). Recognizing that it’s this kind of hair and makeup that is often the most enviable—and user-friendly—we thought we’d provide a how-to courtesy of makeup artist Karim Rahman and hairstylist Stephane Lancien, the latter of whom left us with these indelible words this afternoon: “When you feel comfortable, that’s beautiful.”

1. On a clean, freshly built dewy base, apply “a lot” of bronzer underneath the cheekbones, just below the hairline and under the chin to contour the skin. Rahman likes L’Oréal Glam Bronze, but any matte bronzer (read: sparkle-free) will work.

2. Apply a translucent powder to the T-zone (across the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and on the chin) to manage shine and keep the warmth concentrated to the outline of the face.

3. Curl lashes (skip the mascara) and apply a very thin stroke of black kohl liner along the upper lash line, as close to the lashes as possible, for definition; use an angled brush to diffuse the pigment toward the temple, giving the illusion of an elongated wing without actually drawing one.

4. Brush brows up and fill in slightly if needed.

5. Moisturize lips with a clear balm and then use your finger to press a sheer, brick red lipstick into the center of the mouth, blending outwards. Rahman is a fan of L’Oréal Paris’ new Rouge Caresse Lipstick in no. 602.

6. Spritz sections of hair with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hair Spray.

7. Apply heat, twisting individual sections as you hit them with the blow-dryer for a slightly textured, tousled wave.

8. Part naturally, pair with a new-era Western shirt, et voilà: chic, personified.

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