For the last 27 years, A-list celebrities, like Camila Cabello, Gigi Hadid, and Alessandra Ambrosio have put their trust in makeup artist Carolina Gonzalez to give them everything from bold, memorable looks to a healthy-looking glow. We want a glow too! But not just any glow. We want no-makeup makeup that builds on our natural radiance and nourishes our skin at the same time. Enter: Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Neo Nude Collection.
Gonzalez swears by it, because of its water-based formula that infuses your skin with moisture, while perfecting your complexion with just the right amount of coverage. So we asked her to show us her routine for an understated, ultra-hydrated look.
To start, Gonzalez creates a smooth, natural canvas to work on with the Armani Beauty Neo Nude Foundation ($40, available in 24 shades), a weightless formula that’s equal parts buildable coverage and dewy moisture. She recommends using it like tinted moisturizer: First, warm it up in the palms of your hands, then apply it with your finger tips, and rub the excess product from the base of your chin down your neck for a seamless look.
Next up is Gonzalez’s favorite step: Contour. For a natural-looking sculpt, suck your cheeks in, then use the Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Contour ($36, available in two cool browns) doe-foot applicator to paint a line right above both your cheekbones from ear to mid-cheek, and along your hairline and jawline. Once you’re done strategically applying it, buff it out. Buffing is the most important part of contouring, which is why Gonzalez highly recommends using the tips of your fingers to gently melt the product into your skin for a soft sculpt.
Now, it’s time to bring out the color. You won’t need much of the liquid Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Blush ($36, available in eight shades ranging from light to dark pink, through brightening orange) to add a healthy-looking flush. Tap a few dots of the lightweight, water-based blush near your cheekbones, blend it in, and then rub the rest onto your chin, nose, and forehead.
To boost your glow and deepen your contour, use the built-in velvet applicator to sweep the liquid Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Highlight ($36, available in light pink and pale champagne) in a backwards L-motion, from your temples to your cheekbones, and blend it in with your fingertips.
Since the goal is to create that no-makeup makeup look, without the shine, you’ll need to set the look with the skin-perfect Armani Beauty Neo Nude Fusion Powder ($64, available in 12 shades), which uses wet-to-dry technology to transform into a veil-like liquid that becomes one with the skin. (Translation: Ample coverage with a dewy finish; plus no harsh lines or caking halfway through the day.) You can apply the product over your entire face, or focus on oilier areas. Gonzalez likes to mainly focus on her T-zone, using a brush in a rolling motion on her forehead and nose. If you’re prone to combination or oily skin, don’t forget the sides of your nose!
To top off the look, swipe on the Armani Beauty Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm ($34, available in sheer, plum, and rose shades), a sheer, buildable, color-enhancing lip balm that combines the shine of a gloss with the hydrating care of a balm.
Watch the full video tutorial below to hear more of Gonzalez’s expert tips, and visit sephora.com to shop the collection.