Warm weather makeup secrets from red carpet makeup artist, Fiona Stiles.
Written By LEXY LEBSACK
Beyond the endless sunshine and delightful flings of summer, the season has its darker, undesirable side: heat and humidity. Soaring temperatures will challenge even the most skilled makeup application. To maintain a fresh face through surf, sun, and sand, VIOLET GREY consulted Fiona Stiles. The esteemed makeup artist calls Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Chastain clients and friends. Stiles is also trusted on set by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Ellen von Unwerth for her impeccable work, no matter the climate. Herewith are the artist’s answers to evading melting makeup and heat-ravaged skin.
ANSWER: “Creamy bronzers like Nars’ Multiple is great because they’re super pigmented, which mean they don’t get streaky on fair skin. If you’re very pale, apply a pressed powder or foundation that’s darker than your skin, to act as bronzer. You can trick the eye into thinking your skin is warmer than it is by applying golden highlighter on your cheeks and décolletage.”
— FIONA STILES, MAKEUP ARTIST
ANSWER: “The trick is to blot the sweat! Do not rub, it will undo all your hard work. Oil absorbing papers are great for this.”
—FIONA STILES, MAKEUP ARTIST
ANSWER: “This is all about picking the right formula that will last, like gels or stains. Use a gel bronzer or blush and a cheek or lip stain, curl your lashes, and apply waterproof mascara. You don’t want to look made up, but these will give your face a little color and definition. My best advice is to tint your eyelashes at the beginning of summer. It’s the only thing guaranteed not to run in the water.”