When eco-conscious skincare alchemist Sunday Riley (above) set out to create her new collection of perfectly pigmented cosmetics, she looked to such traditional American botanicals as aloe and orchid. “I wanted breathable formulas that give a luminous, polished look,” she explains. Makeup artist Diane Kendal, who first met Riley at Jason Wu’s fall 2011 show and has also masterminded runway beauty looks for Proenza Schouler and Thakoon, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on the makeup line. The foundation, available this month in 12 shades (more are slated for the future), is loaded with pore-saving ingredients such as detoxifying green tea and hydrating cucumber seed extract. Riley’s Modern Classic Lipstick, meanwhile, comes in three different finishes—matte, shimmery, and sheer. Her favorite of the 25 shades is a yet-to-be-named raisin tone that Riley says complements any skin tone, including her own fair complexion. “It makes my cheeks look rosier and really alive,” she says. “And it just has that edgy, cool, city feel.” Available at Barneys New York.
Two selections from Riley’s new makeup collection.
Riley: Victoria Will; stills: Pamela Cook