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Photographed by Justin Borbely; Styled by Sasha Kelly; Hair by Nathan Rosenkranz at Honey Artists; Makeup by Fumiaki Nakagawa at The Wall Group; Nails by Holly Falcone at Kate Ryan Inc. ; Modeled by Liz Kennedy at Fusion Models
First things first — a flawless face starts with a hydrated base. If you've got time to spare, Nakagawa suggests prepping your skin with a five-minute mask. If you don't, a blend of moisturizer (with SPF!) and primer will help create a smooth and dewy base for foundation.
Helmut Lang dress, Aesa rings, stylist's own earrings, Maison Martin Margiela shoes.
Start by dabbing foundation on five points of your face: your forehead, cheekbones, nose bridge, and chin. With a large angled brush, blend the foundation in circular motions all over.
Nakagawa prefers this method over using your fingers because it buffs the product into the skin for a perfect, poreless-looking finish.
Then, blend a foundation two shades darker than your natural skin tone with a flat brush from the sides of your forehead to your temples and underneath your cheekbones. This'll give you a realistic and subtle did-you-or-did-you-not contour that's appropriate for a board meeting and happy hour. Here, we used COVERGIRL truBLEND Liquid Makeup in Classic Ivory all over and Golden Beige to contour.
Counter any under-eye circles (work hard, play hard, right?) with concealer, like COVERGIRL + Olay The De-Puffer, from the inner corner all the way to the temples. Blend well by patting — not rubbing — the product onto your skin.