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August 20 2014

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“Fresh Matte:” Spring’s Favorite Skin Finish—And How to Get It

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As previously mentioned (on multiple occasions), minimalist beauty was one of Spring’s big, overarching trends, as clean complexions, sculpted contours, and, in a lot of cases, no mascara at all became the norm from New York to Paris. But within this new world of less-is-more makeup, a preference emerged for a particular skin finish that looks to have some staying power off the runway. Gone was the dewiness that typically comes with spring’s warmer clime; in its place, a bright, velvety texture that never verged on chalky. “Fresh matte” is how Pat McGrath described it backstage at Valentino, where she was channeling Dutch stunner Maud Welzen’s soft peaches-and-cream complexion. “A lot of people don’t want shiny faces anymore,” McGrath pointed out—and by “people,” she was referring to the laundry list of big-name designers and magazines that entrust her with face-painting duty each and every season. “When you’ve got HD cameras and sweaty faces, it just doesn’t work,” she rightly pointed out. The secret to achieving the kind of matte skin that still looks breathable and bright? Pulling out your powder compact after you’ve applied everything else, according to McGrath. That’s right—the makeup maestro actually blended in her blush, contours, eyes, and lips, and then swept on a veil of fine pressed powder.

We realize this sounds relatively crazy—especially to those of you for whom powder never even factors in to the equation (we’re with you). But the right powder just might make a believer out of you yet. Hitting shelves this month are two great options, from Hourglass and Make Up For Ever, that put a new spin on more traditional mattifying compacts. MUFE’s Pro Finish multiuse palette can be applied wet for a sheer satin effect or dry for a fuller matte finish that still reflects light, thanks to a formula bolstered by the minerals silica and sericite, as well as ximenia oil and aloe vera to ensure a smooth application. Hourglass’ new Ambient Lighting Powder filters out harsh, unflattering rays as well, using color-correcting particles in six different shades to reveal super-fresh, shine-free skin. Dust on liberally.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri/ Gorunway.com; Courtesy of

Beauty Throwdown: Battle Liquid Lipsticks

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Over the past few years of increased lip-color love, pout perfecters have graduated beyond their original, solid bullet format. There are now glosses of the shimmering and matte varieties; thick, nubby colored pencils; subtly tinted pots of balm; jars of watery tint; and markers soaked with bright pigment. But the latest medium on everyone’s mind is liquid. Thicker and shinier than a traditional tint, with the dense pigmentation of a lipstick and the immovable grip of a pencil, they are designed to be lighter-weight with a lacquered finish that is extra impactful. How best to go about choosing from the spate of new offerings to just hit the market? A quick read through our guide below should do the trick.

The Contenders: Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait, $48, www.neimanmarcus.com; Shiseido Lacquer Rouge, $25, www.shiseido.com; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28, www.sephora.com; Bite Honey Lip Lacquer, $24, www.sephora.com

In Corner 1: Guerlain
While we may have plenty of experience with the French brand’s luxurious but complex packaging, we’re still apparently learning: It took us far too long to figure out how to unlock this sleek silver case to make that adorable mirror click open. Once we did manage to reveal the formula inside, we were pleased to discover that it has the signature, feminine scent that runs throughout the entire line. As for the spongy foam-tip applicator, it has just the right amount of slant so that the guggul-resin-infused product glides on, imparting dense color and a ridiculous velvety finish. After trying M27 (a lusty brick red), we found that while the color remains vibrant on the lips, it does have the tendency to transfer—onto glasses, fruit, and boyfriends’ shirts mid-hug (oops).

In Corner 2: Shiseido
We were feeling color indecisive with Shiseido, so we tested three of its new Lacquer Rouges, which debuted at Narciso Rodriguez’s Fall show: Drama (a deep crimson), Disco (a hot bluish pink), and Portrait (a nude rose). It has a similar, smartly shaped foam applicator as Guerlain, and an appealing creamy sheen with a lustrous finish (the product was inspired by Japanese lacquerware). Also, Shiseido gets major points for its easy, portable packaging.

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Cherry Bomb

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CHERRY PIT OIL / (cher-ree pit oy-uhl) / n. / 1. A rich elixir derived from the pressed kernel of the Prunus avium, or wild cherry tree; / n. / 2. An oleic and linoleic acid-rich fluid that was frequently ground with its seed, pounded into a meal, and used as a base for soup or made into tortillas or tamales by North American Indian tribes; / n. / 3. A natural defense against UV rays when applied topically; / n. / 4. A liquid that boasts moisturizing capabilities useful for combination skin that is both dry and oily, e.g., “slather on cherry seed oil for super-supple, non-greasy hydration.”


Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum with Cherry Pit Oil, $65, www.sephora.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Hourglass