Perfect skin is something on everyone’s wish list, but thanks to makeup artist Pat McGrath’s tricks (via Allure Magazine) on the fall runways (such as at the Louis Vuitton show, above), a new, insanely flawless complexion is not only the trend for fall—it’s attainable by everyone. Try it with these tips that McGrath shared with Allure (for more, see the September issue, on newsstands now):
Prep. Exfoliate and moisturize before you even look at your foundation—massaging moisturizer into your skin will help get the blood flowing.
Get the right base. During the Fall 2010, makeup artist Pat McGrath used only liquid and cream foundations. We recommend Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation for complete coverage. Before you apply it to your face, put the foundation in your hands to warm it up and swipe over any discolorations—including any redness on your ears.
Conceal. Less is more here. McGrath recommends a matte concealer under the eyes and around the nose, and a creamy one (we like Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer) on drier skin—both applied in little dots on each spot with a pointed brush and then blended with fingers.
Highlight. For ultra-glowing skin, apply highlighter that matches the color of your skin in nine places (yes, nine!) with your fingers and blended softly: cheekbones, bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes, Cupid’s bow, and the chin.
Mattify. To ensure skin glows rather than reflects light like a disco ball, gently dab the entire face with a tissue, and dust powder over the t-zone.