The Naked Truth

                           Model Esther Heesch backstage at the Viktor & Rolf winter '13/'14 show. Photograph by Nina Westervelt.


in a rush? try these time-saving tips on how to achieve the no make-up make-up look (hint: it's all about going back to basics)

The season’s key makeup shades appear whipped liked brulé, which might just be the point to achieving skin like double cream. It was a strong theme at runway shows such as Stella McCartney, Céline and Marni, where models stood out for their fresh, nearly nude faces. But while it may seem minimal, the look requires a cache of primers, tints and moisturisers – and a formula that can defy a day at the office. For Sydney-based hair and makeup artist Allison Boyle, creating creamy flawless-looking skin with just a hint of outdoorsy glow, is her calling card. “I like to bring out the natural beauty that we all have by accentuating different features,” she says. “It’s amazing how a face can really come to life with the right contouring.” 

"I always use a sheer application of foundation first, applying more through the centre of the face to even out skin tone."

allison boyle, hair and makeup artist

  1. Boyle's secrets for keeping her clients' skin looking luminous and dewy:
  3. 1. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (pictured left) is light and airy, and great for contouring. Apply using a soft kabuki brush for a smooth even finish.
  4. 2. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser gives a wonderful sheer glow to the skin with just enough coverage. Use the warmth of your hands to blend.
  5. 3. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is great as a concealer in areas where extra coverage is needed.
  6. 4. NARS Illuminator, in Copacabana, gives subtle illumination. Apply to the high points of the face like cheekbones, brow bones and the inner corners of the eye.
  7. 5. M.A.C Paint Pot eye shadows, in Groundwork and Bare Study, are fantastic alone or as a base to a powder shadow for a longer lasting result.
  9. Which to apply first: foundation or concealer?
  10. I always use a sheer application of foundation first, applying more through the centre of the face to even out skin tone, sometimes that’s all you need. Next, use concealer to brighten.
  12. And to finish?
  13. An eyebrow pencil is essential. Fill in any little gaps and make the brow look polished, use gentle short strokes. Also, apply a tinted balm to enhance your natural lip colour and keep mascara to a minimum, just one light coat.

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Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder — $88

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Paint Pot in Bare Study — $35

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Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser — $68

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Bobbi Brown

Foundation Stick — $72

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