Another irresistible film from Nowness.com, this time by the Belgian directors, Lernert & Sander. Here, over the space of 9 hours, make-up artist/fashion editor, Ferry van der Nat applied the equivalent of 365 days worth of make-up (seven bottles of foundation, three of blusher… from the esoterically beautiful, make-up line by designer, Ellis Faas – all colours are designed to suit all skin tones and are blended only to be those found in the human body – so don’t expect bottle green glitter) to a very patient model. Funny how subtle shading (note the airbrushing – touch ironic) becomes the thick impasto of a painting. A model becomes a portrait of herself, pushing the idea of make-up as camouflage to its limit? Perhaps.
It also shows quite well that moment most of us feel, when we’ve put on too much foundation or blusher and it only makes us look older than we are – less youthfully dewy. Here are a few tricks to solve the problem when you don’t have time to start again. To soften down heavy looking blusher, dust with loose powder. If your foundation has gone on too heavy, dilute on your skin by smoothing a little moisturiser on top (blending in well). And if skin looks dollish, dull and old? Try Miracle Glo. It’s a clear, creamy gel, which feels slightly oily, but doesn’t block pores. Blend a little over cheeks with a finger or a fine, synthetic brush and it lends a fresh, dewy glow which takes years off. I was sceptical at first, but now I’ve tried it think it’s a great little tool.