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With the Summer Olympics around the corner, makeup artists scored flawless complexions with gold medal highlights. Terry Barber, director of makeup artistry for M.A.C, used a satin-finish foundation to create what he calls “streamlined Olympian” skin at Giambattista Valli. “The idea is to create a ‘real’ face that captures light,” he explains. “The new generation of perfect-skin foundation lets skin appear three- dimensional, rather than flat.” Contouring has given way to shaping, using cream highlighters instead of the dark powders of the past. Barber used a pinkish-beige tone on paler skin and a copper tone on darker skin to “corset the cheekbone.” At Roland Mouret, Val Garland, consulting for M.A.C, wanted skin to feel natural to fit the “pretty but not too perfect” direction handed down by the designer. Garland brushed a mineral baked powder directly over moisturizer to achieve coverage without thick- ness, then highlighted cheekbones—sans shimmer—to create “perfect, holographic skin.” To avoid any unnatural sparkle, Garland relied on Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream instead of cosmetic illuminators.
FLARE picks: M.A.C Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, $37. M.A.C Cream Colour Base in Shell, $21.