With all due respect to Alicia Keys, it’s hard to imagine the no-makeup look gaining much traction under the unforgiving scrutiny of the cameras this awards season. Still, maybe some starlets will be inspired to go easier on the face paint. Here, a few pointers:
Foundation? Moi? With its clever combination of oils and pigments, Giorgio Armani’s supremely blendable Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation ($64, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) means never suffering pancake face.
Prep it: For a camera-ready complexion, invest in La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo ($350, laprairie.com), a day-and-night regimen that targets crow’s-feet and wrinkles.
Your lips, only better: Zelens Extreme Velvet ($48, barneys.com) feels like a regular old lip balm but is infused with long-lasting color.
Instant cheekbones: The only thing more magical than the bouncy texture of Givenchy Mémoire de Forme Highlighter ($45, neimanmarcus .com) is how it imparts the loveliest glow anywhere you could use a little bit of shine.
Smudge and go: Skip the eye shadow and just line lids with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner ($10, lorealparisusa.com), smudged ever so gently up from the lash line with the tip of your finger.
On your toes: Deborah Lippmann Brand New Day ($20, sephora.com), a barely there hint of color, adds just the right amount of polish.
Conceal where needed: I’m gaga over Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30, narscosmetics.com), which manages to cover under-eye circles without over-highlighting the area. Plus, it’s available in 16 shades.
Plump it: The day of, dab skin with Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream ($48, clarins.com), a nourishing whipped formula loaded with botanicals.
Flyaways, not frizz: A spritz of StriVectin Hair All Smooth Frizz Control Mist ($26, sephora.com) keeps hair from going all Brillo when you’re sweating it out under the klieg lights.
In the Mood for… No Makeup
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