Backstage at Michael Kors's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show, makeup artist Dick Page described the beauty look as a "flush, like after a morning of skiing." If Kors's look, as well as the faces at Rodarte, Mulberry and Temperley London, is any indication, ski-bunny cheeks will be a go-to technique in the colder months to come. Here is how to create a rosy effect that makes you appear as if you just stepped off the slopes.
Step 1: While there is no denying that a vivid flash of color on the cheeks takes center stage in this look, it's the understated eyes and ruby red lips that play up the complexion, as well. To start, give peepers a transparent, shimmery treatment. Fill in brows, custom-mixing cream eye shadows to match your hair color. Try: Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H Crease-Free Luminous Eye Shadow. Then sweep a mix of luminous white and gold on your lids. Try: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905).
Step 2: For lips, begin by muting your own natural lip color with your foundation of choice. Then apply a lacquered red, like Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400-The Red, to your lips. Finally blot your lips with a tissue and reapply color to ensure the pigment stays.
Step 3: For those showstopping cheeks, prep by first moisturizing your face. Then apply a perfecting foundation, such as Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Next mix a concentrated lipstick, like Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama, with just a hint of foundation in the palm of your hand. Using two fingers, create the chevron-shaped flush by blending the lipstick all along your cheekbones, onto the apples of your cheeks and all the way down from the apples to the jaw. Blend in accordingly, and you are done.
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