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April 16 2014

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Pat McGrath Breathes New Life Into a Beauty Classic

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Pressed powder was once considered something only your grandmother would keep in her purse and pull out once she retreated to the ladies’ room, the chalky pigments leaving her skin matte…but also cake-y. Leave it to Pat McGrath and Dolce & Gabbana Beauty to give the concept a thoroughly modern update. The brand’s forthcoming Perfection Veil Pressed Powder leaves behind a velvet finish but doesn’t eliminate radiance, and was used at the designers’ Spring 2014 show to tone down the shine on models’ purposely flushed complexions. The trick to finding your shade is similar to how you would go about choosing a foundation: Swatch both a color that’s darker and lighter than your face along the bottom of your cheek—just above the jawline, explained McGrath. “Always test the shades in a bright light, or daylight if possible, and you will be able to clearly see which shade blends into your skin tone best,” she added. Then swirl a fluffy brush into the product, tap off any excess, and start by buffing the featherweight formula into your T-zone and work out toward your hairline using “circulating strokes.” One layer should suffice, but should you need a touch-up during the day, this gold compact is chic enough to use in public.

Available February 7, $60; saks.com

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