SøBeauty Director: Astrid Kearney
SøCreative Director: Chris Saint Sims
SøFashion Director: Savannah Barthorpe
In the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare, the concept of Cloud Skin has taken the forefront, captivating beauty enthusiasts with its ethereal and radiant appeal. Cloud Skin, characterized by its dreamy,, hydrated, and plumped appearance, has become the holy grail for those seeking a complexion that radiates health and luminosity. The key to achieving this heavenly look lies in the meticulous care taken during pre-skincare rituals, emphasizing hydration, plumping, and an incredible prep to create the perfect canvas.
MakeUp/Hair/Photography : Astrid Kearney
Model: Magnolia Quin
The Importance of skin prep
The foundation of Cloud Skin lies in the meticulous preparation of the skin before makeup application. Pre-skincare involves a series of steps aimed at nourishing, hydrating, and revitalizing the skin, ensuring it is at its optimal condition. One of the crucial aspects is thorough cleansing to remove impurities with a great drainage massage and create a clean canvas. If you prefer a wash Clarins Foaming wash Following this, exfoliation helps in sloughing off dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover and ensuring a smoother texture.
Hydration and Plumping
Hydration is the key to achieving that coveted Cloud Skin appearance. Well-moisturized skin not only looks healthier but also provides the perfect base for makeup application. Incorporating hydrating serums, like Aesop LightweightSerum with ylang ylang and Tata Hydrating Floral essence,and lightweight moisturizers such as Beauty Pie’s Super Healthy Skin into the skincare routine helps lock in moisture, giving the skin a plump and supple feel.
In addition to hydration, plumping up the skin is equally essential. This can be achieved through the use of products containing hyaluronic acid, a powerhouse ingredient known for its ability to attract and retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid such such the one by The Ordinary helps soften fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a smooth and lifted appearance, a crucial step in the pursuit of Cloud Skin to add to the lightweight layering system
Incredible Prep makes way for a Lighter Foundation Application
The next step in the Cloud Skin journey is an incredible prep that sets the stage for a lighter application of foundation. Instead of heavy layers, the focus is on achieving a natural and luminous finish like Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere.Use fingertips or a blender brush such as MyKitCo Smoothing Foundation Brush Applying a primer with hydrating properties helps create a smooth surface for foundation application, ensuring it adheres seamlessly to the skin.Top lips with a luminous lip gel from Huda Beauty or a Lip Perfector by Clarins.Cheek and lash can be left minimal with a pop of bounce on the lid with Chantecaille in Cheetah.
Light and Angelic: The Role of Anti-Shine Gels
To maintain the ethereal glow of Cloud Skin, traditional powder products may be replaced with anti-shine gels. These gels not only control excess shine but also contribute to the overall hydration of the skin. Unlike powders that can sometimes leave a matte finish, anti-shine gels allow the skin to remain moist, fresh, and light.I particularily love and use Face International Anti shine gel and mattifier by Revolution.
Cloud Skin represents the epitome of radiant and healthy-looking complexion, and achieving this ethereal glow involves a comprehensive approach to skincare and makeup application. The importance of pre-skincare rituals, emphasizing hydration, and plumping cannot be overstated. By incorporating incredible prep and opting for anti-shine gels instead of powders, individuals can revel in the beauty of Cloud Skin—a complexion that is not only light and angelic but also a testament to the meticulous care taken in nurturing and enhancing the skin's natural radiance.
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