Watch: A glowy and golden look for all ages with stylist Violet Ballato

There’s no better feeling than finding a go-to makeup look that makes you look and feel totally yourself, and fashion stylist Violet Ballato knows the feeling all too well. Enter her dewy, bronzed, signature look—a fool-proof look that’s flattering on all skin ages. This makeup look uses luxurious cream products that don’t sit inside fine lines and wrinkles, making it the perfect for routine for more mature skin.

Ballato’s routine starts with prepping her skin—she uses the Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum to nourish and hydrate while priming. She describes this product as “liquid gold”.

Next, she creates a natural fully eyebrow look with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in ‘Dark Brunette’, brushing her brow hairs out before outlining them. She then reaches for the Chantecaille Full Body Perfecting Gel in ‘Clear’ to set her brows into place.

Ballato’s look is continued with the RMS Un-Cover-Up Concealer in ’22.5’, applied under her eyes to cover any darkness, around her nose where she has some broken capillaries, and atop any imperfections. She takes whatever is left of the weightless formula on her brush, sweeping it over her eyelids and brow bone to act as a light base She blends this in with the Hourglass Double-Ended Complexion Brush.

Then, the stylist takes the foundation brush side of her Hourglass Double-Ended Complexion Brush and uses this to blend out Hourglass’ Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in ‘Golden’. This is Ballato’s foundation of choice as it is has SPF, is spiked with potent anti-agers and, delivers on a glowing, natural-looking complexion.

To add colour and warmth into her skin, she reaches for NARS’ Liquid Laguna Bronzer, using her fingers to tap it onto the places where the sun naturally hits. Ballato sweeps the excess across her lids for a harmonious bronzed look – and because she doesn’t want to waste a single drop of the bronze liquid.

Like many of us at MECCA HQ, Ballato covets the Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo in ‘Blossom’,tapping the cream into her cheeks for a soft flush. To apply the illuminator she uses the Hourglass All Over Eye Shadow Brush to dab it into the top of her browbone, to the inner corners of her eyes, and to her cheekbones.

To give natural definition to her lashes, the stylist swipes the By Terry Mascara Terrybly in ‘Moka’ (a beautiful brown shade) across her lashes, finishing the look with a slick of the ILIA Balmy Gloss Tinted Oil in ‘Tahiti’ on her lips—the perfect pink gloss.


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