Why "Salting" Is the New Makeup Technique You Need To Know About
I'm backstage at By Johnny and Maybelline makeup director Nigel Stanislaus is talking me through "salting". Surprisingly, we're not discussing lunch. (Although, I wish we were. Food is scarce backstage.) The topic of conversation is actually the show's sparkle-flecked skin, and why it's wearable IRL.
The festival-inspired look in question revolves around clean skin, groomed brows and wine-tinted lips and cheeks. It's beautiful. Then, be still my beating heart, Stanislaus dusts the entire face from above with gold glitter, a technique he terms "salting". The effect in person is subtle—not something you'd wear to work, but it'd certainly work on a night out. I make a mental note to invest in gilded sparkles.
I'm told flawless skin is key, as is a light hand. For most of the models on the show, Stanislaus applies a pore-refining primer and nothing else. (He suggests using a dewy finish foundation like Fit Me!, $20, if you need extra coverage.) Brows are brushed upwards and into place with a clear gel, and custom-blended blush is blended downwards from underneath the apples (trend alert—more on this to come) for a youthful look. All in all, it's understated and beautiful. The perfect look for a sultry summer night. Just have to get through winter first.
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