My distaste of Instagram brows and ‘flawless’, matte-finish foundation can be traced to my early-90s initiation into beauty rituals. Although it was the decade of Kevyn Aucoin and his haute supermodels, it also saw the parallel (and arguably more influential) rise of Bridget Hall’s outdoorsy glow and Annie Morton’s morning-after-the-night before undereye shadow. See also: Peter Lindbergh’s women. Did you ever see a more expressive, soulful take on beauty? Slightly red-eyed, poetically vulnerable (but always in a power suit – even on the beach!), it speaks of emotion and individuality, always letting the natural skin shine through.
For this reason I like my foundation quite sheer, my undereye shadows not completely erased, and I really don’t mind the odd spot. Lips – just bitten please. Or if using a proper lipstick, I like the gently-worn-off stain effect.
Bon magazine asked me to elaborate on my imperfect beauty ideals for its current issue, which you can read here. Suffice to say, I’m more than happy that alongside today’s crop of contour palettes and ultra matte liquid lipsticks, there are also enough illuminating primers and barely there brow gels to keep a no make-up make-up diehard sane.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl; Kristen McMenemy by Peter Lindbergh; Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh for Italian Vogue
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