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Chloé Fall/Winter 2013

As temperatures drop, women bid adieu to patio cocktails, colourful maxi dresses and sun-kissed skin and start to invest in winter articles which consist primarily of dark, intense palettes. Where a fashion of deep plums and warm blues are the norm and maroon stained lips do the talking, the essential beauty must is skin with minimal shine.

Matte skin has dominated the runways this season. At Balmain, models bared it all. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux focused mainly on nurturing the skin with an anti oxidant moisturizer and a pore minimizing refinisher for a dewy complexion. He then finished the look with a concealer where only it is needed and dusted powder to keep shine off.

At Chloe, head makeup artist Diane Kendal envisioned nuanced beauty and creating a strong impact with practically nothing. The Fall 2013 collection was inspired by the 60’s and 70’s collegiate which implied intellect and modesty making the final makeup look neat, natural and refined.

The polished face has given way to creating four looks at Lanvin: intense brows, deep matte lip, smokey eyes and graphic eyes created by makeup artist Pat McGrath. It is obvious that one uniformed look was not enough for the 1940’s downtown vibe of the collection which shows that the matte face is a perfect canvas for creativity and endless possibilities.

To get the look, cleanse and exfoliate the skin and prep with an oil-free moisturizer or primer. If your skin is a bit on the drier side, massage a beauty oil to nourish the skin. I use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Dry Oil on clients. And if you’re not a big fan of scented moisturizers, there is 100% Pure Argan Oil by Josie Maran. Depending on the coverage, make sure to use a foundation or pressed powder free of luminizers. There are also mattifying foundations on the market that you can use. Or if you dare to bare, just cover imperfections with a concealer, blend in and finish with a loose powder. Add warmth and dimension to the face with a blush and bronzer.

Matte skin is great whether you want to create a healthy glow or produce a clean canvas to play up colours for the coming chilly months. So embrace the adventure, whip up that makeup brush and put your best face forward.

Gracie Andoque, Fashion Intern – NICHE magazine



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