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Taking A Powder Backstage At The Row

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Reporting the backstage look at The Row takes a certain level of dedication, what with that 6 a.m. start time and all. But Tom Pecheux’s siren call is hard to ignore—especially when he collaborates with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “They want the girls to feel absolutely not made up,” the makeup artist said of the sister duo’s direction, which often results in gorgeous highlights, beautifully natural built-up brows, honey-kissed lips, and for Spring, an impressive English rose complexion. “British garden” is how Pecheux described the inspiration behind the velvet skin finish that was the result of some purposeful prep with Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment and its Juno serum, a precise wash of its sheer Liquid Light Foundation, and a dusting of its Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder. Powder is key to creating this kind of plushness, but it can be hard to wield. “It can cause patchiness,” Pecheux admits of the mattifying agent, which frequently sits on the skin in a heavy, unflattering way if not applied correctly—and there is a correct way to apply it, says Pecheux:

Step 1: Don’t dip your brush into your powder and apply directly to your face.

Step 2: Do spill product into the cap of your powder tub.

Step 3: “Squeeze” your brush into the lid, pressing it down and twisting to ring out excess.

Step 4: Swipe onto the face in long strokes.

Et voilà—skin so fresh no one will be the wiser that you got up before sunrise.

Photo: Courtesy of Sunday Riley

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