Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Naoko Scintu came up with cover-worthy summer skin
When we shot Freida Pinto for the August cover of Marie Claire earlier this year, the UK was experiencing its first heat waves of the year. As temperatures soared, Pinto kept her cool in front of the camera as she transitioned from McQueen dresses to Victoria Beckham updos and everything in between.
While fashion (and flowers) spin, Slumdog Millionaire the star could be sure her makeup stayed intact, all thanks to Naoko Scintu and her Guerlain collection. Here we take you through the products, tools and techniques that went into creating the perfect Pinto effect…
Step 1: Prepare the skin
The star arrived on set (Chelsea Physic Garden, FYI) with clean, toned and blemish-free skin, so Naoko had to finish off her prep with two highly effective formulations.
First, a professional makeup artist applied two new Guerlain pumps Abeille Royale Double R Advanced Serum, £156. Thanks to active AHAs, PHAs and poly-fermented honey, the rich serum instantly gave Freida’s face a glow and lift.
To double down on hydration and reduce shine (something to avoid when sitting in front of the camera), Naoko used Matte Day Cream, £109. She concentrated more of this product on her T-zone and chin to protect the look from the heat. Also from Guerlain’s Abeille Royale range, the moisturizer protects against shine without losing the honey glow.
Step 2: Create the base
Skipping the primer, Naoko immediately entered the Parure Gold Gold Radiance Foundation, £65 in shades Medium golden and Medium beige color. After combining the two on the hand, Freida’s foundation was covered with warm fingers to create a barely visible blend.
Pro tip: If you’ve applied your best foundation with your hands, apply the foundation once with a damp beauty sponge. This will smooth everything out without damaging the natural coating.
After perfecting Pinto’s complexion, he used Scintu Precious Light Rejuvenating Effect Illuminator, £39 to brighten her under eyes, around her nose and chin.
Step 3: Set the look
Naoko then expertly used two palettes of Guerlain’s Terracotta Powder to tone down the corrections. Below, Violette Serrat, Guerlain’s creative makeup director, shows how she uses the products:
Back to Freida, Naoko used first Terracotta Light Glow Powder, £40 for the entire setting. While the product is traditionally used for pin bronzing, Scintu opted for a lighter shade and applied the product over the entire look with a large fluffy brush. The mix of mattes, blushes, bronzers and brightening shades in the product brought out Freida’s golden glow even more.
Then Terracotta Flowering Bee, 40 lbs was applied to make the basis final. Naoko piled the pink blush (from the center of the pan) onto the more precise tool and swept the product onto Freida’s cheeks.
Step 4: Enhance the eyes
Freida’s eyes and lips were fixed in five minutes. Using the same palette as her blush, Naoko blended a matte bronze powder into Freida’s crease to enhance her brow. She then patted the luminous color on the inner corner of the lids to define and widen the eyes.
After that, Naoko applied a dark brown shade from Guerlain’s Ombre’s G Eyeshadow Quad, £62 Metal Butterfly to the upper and lower waterline to add volume to the lashes.
The eyes were not left there. After all, what’s without what Violette calls “the little black dress of your beauty collection.” Naoko used a brand new formula, Noir G 24 Hour Intense Volume Curl Mascara, £31complete the look.
Finally, Naoko quickly swiped the soon-to-be-iconic Guerlain Kiss Kiss Shine Bloom Lipstick, £32 in the shade Fresh Coral, then patted it on with her fingers.
Step 5: Spritz!
Thanks to a last-minute spray, Freida became one with the flower garden Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Vetiver ETD, £83. Combining figs, vetiver, basil and neroli for a woody floral scent that is whimsical yet powerful, perfect for a Pinto.