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Alice Lane for Vogue Studio: Natural Beauty By A Natural Beauty

 

Alice Lane is a tall, slim, strikingly beautiful, red-headed Brit with long naturally wavy hair who could easily be confused for a model backstage at a photo shoot. I met Alice at Industria Superstudio in New York this past June. She was the makeup artist for a photo shoot which will be used in 6-month ad campaign in which I will be featured for a luxury beauty brand. This campaign will run in Vogue, Glamour, Allure, and possibly W magazines.

I have to say, that after a month of using The September Issue as a workout video inspiring me to look my best for the photo shoot, Alice reminds me of a young Grace Coddington – not just in her appearance, or British accent, but in her personality. She was so kind, funny, and down-to-earth. I really enjoyed getting her perspective on beauty, and learning professional makeup techniques. She’s all about natural beauty rather than “full makeup,” which was perfect for the photo shoot I participated in as we were supposed to look like we had just gotten out of the shower — fresh, clean beauty.

Alice started by moisturizing my skin with Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. It’s made in France, and somewhat hard to find in the United States. Apparently, many professional makeup artists swear by this miracle cream. I had a bit of dryness on my face and for that Alice used Homeoplasmine, another French product which professional makeup artists and top models keep on hand. It’s great for dry, cracked skin, sunburn and lips. Makeup artists love it because it gives skin a smooth, silky look, and isn’t greasy.

After my skin was prepped, Alice used a palette of about 10 or 12 shades of NARS concealer on my face. She says that it’s a much better way to do makeup, as concealer is thinner than many foundations so it shows more of the skin and gives a more natural look. She did my face in what I described in a previous post as “pixel by pixel”. She used a brush similar to Trish McEvoy’s #29 Tapered Blending Brush to push the color into the skin. She selected various shades to slightly sculpt my face using a lighter shade on the cheek bone, and barely using any on my cheeks where she said I didn’t need makeup.

If you don’t know the story of The Multiple, here it is:

In 1996 Harper’s Bazaar did a story featuring six of the top makeup artists of the time. The direction for each was to pick their favorite model, pick their favorite look and the magazine would credit every product used. Carolyn Murphy was the choice of François Nars. François was inspired to showcase beautiful, translucent looking skin – a departure from the heavily matted skin in fashion at the time. François choose to use a single lipstick on eyes, cheeks and lips to add a touch of color and a healthy glow. Nothing else was added.NARS was credited with exactly the one product. The caption read: “NARS Brown Out – Tangier Lipstick on eyes, face and lips”
Soon customers started buying lipstick for eyes, face and lips to re-create the beautiful skin they’d seen in Harper’s Bazaar, but we all know that lipstick is not the best for face and eyes. This led François to create a universal texture – The Multiple was born. A revolutionary stick for the entire face in a cream-to-powder formula that was oil-free.

To add some natural color to my face, Alice used NARS Multiple Tint Cheek & Lip Color in Cadaques. It looks fuchsia in the stick, but blends very nicely to give you a warm glow that looks like it’s coming from your skin — not from blush. She then used The Multiple in Copacabana to highlight my cheek bones and under my brow.

She added Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder under my eyes. This sets the concealer and brightens the under eye area. It’s super light and won’t settle into lines. It has reflective properties to diminish the appearance of dark circles. I had always heard that YSL’s Touche Eclat Concealer was a makeup artist favorite, and sure enough it was! Alice had that shiny gold stick in hand to touch me up during breaks in the photo shoot.

One thing everyone skincare and beauty professional will tell you — wear sunscreen every day! Alice told me she is a fan of La Roche-Posay sunscreen. My readers know that I’m a fan of Neutrogena sunscreen and wear it every day — day or night, rain, shine or snow. I was using Neutrogena’s Age Shield Sunblock FACE SPF 90+ and have recently started using Neutrogena’s Spectrum + Advanced Sunblock Lotion SPF 100+. This sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays, contains antioxidants and won’t clog your pores.

Dolly Parton once said, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!” Well, it took a lot of beauty products to make me look like I wasn’t wearing makeup! This is the truth behind advertising, Ladies. I think it’s great that Dove’s Evolution of Beauty video is great! It shows what goes into a beauty ad campaign. Some may take this as well, I’ll just give up on looking good, because even real models don’t look good in real life. While it’s true nobody is perfect, I think the Serenity Prayer can be applied to beauty —

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change; Courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.

We can all make changes and look better with the right makeup products and application, skincare, and cosmetic procedures. At the same time, we should accept those things we can’t change. We all know the  swagger we have on a good hair day, and how empowering that sort of inner glow can be.

– Miss A

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