Barefaced Chic

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The perfect daytime look for a spring or summer wedding; MAC Senior Make-up Artist Lynsey Alexander gives a master class in faking the natural look. "The key to this look is that it is drenched in moisture, not sparkle and glitter. Everything is hydrated and creamy-looking. What makes it modern and fresh is that all the textures are translucent, so you don't have that shimmer, whereas this is a grown-up take on a natural, fresh-faced look."

Photography: Sudhir Pithwa
Model: Dasha at Next Models - New Faces

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    Step 1

    “The key is to achieve a luminous glow, so make sure the skin is hydrated.” Prep skin with MAC Fixture Hydration Spritzer to create a lovely, dewy complexion. Then apply a water-based foundation, and highlight the brow and cheekbones with MAC Cream Coloured Base “otherwise the face can look flat.” Finish by grooming brows.

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    Step 2

    Pat MAC Vanilla Pigment on the eyes, then take a dark brown pencil and line the upper and lower lashes, smudging with a small brush. “This diffuses the edge so you get a soft smoky line,” says Lindsay. Curl lashes and add brown mascara to give definition. “Avoid black mascara,” says Lindsay, “It’s too harsh, whereas brown gives a softer finish.”

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    Step 3

    “Using a brush - it’s much better than fingers - blend a cream-based blusher. Smile, and apply it to apples of cheek and back for a ‘from within’ blush.”

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    Step 4

    “I took a cream-coloured base in Fabulush, which is orangey gold, and patted it over the lips, then slick lips in a gloss called Flicked Pink in MAC lip cherry - a very translucent, peachy-sheer colour.”