New York Fashion Week debuted with a major glow-up this season.
“I use the C.E.O. Glow Oil every day. I can’t live without it,” exclaimed Isabeli Fontana, a Brazilian supermodel who opened and closed out the Fall/Winter PatBO show during New York Fashion Week. Prior to getting their makeup done for the show, all 35 models received skin prep from Sunday Riley, the skincare sponsor for the designer show (and others like Alice + Olivia, Dion Lee, and Eckhaus Latta) this season.
Fontana spent ample time raving about the brand alongside her friend and Sunday Riley artist, Erica Monteiro. “I’m almost 40, and it’s been helping provide my skin with a glow,” said the model. “I’ve had an issue with dark spots ever since I had my kids, and it’s been helping to soothe those, and that’s very important for me.”
With only a few hours left until the runway show starts, and each model shuffling between hair, nails, and makeup, the chance to lean back and enjoy a quick facial disguised as skin prep is a godsend. Using an array of Sunday Riley products, the routine helps achieve a dewy look, which features lots of moisturizer, and best prepares the models’ skin for makeup.
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The mini facial started with a spritz of the Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence, a peptide-rich spray that resurfaces and balances the skin. As someone who thought exfoliating was exclusive to nighttime, I was surprised Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment immediately followed suit. But one of the facialists explained how exfoliating before makeup allows the product to sit better while also balancing the skin. Then comes the ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream — the penultimate step in this runway-ready skincare routine — which boasts hyaluronic acid, vitamin F, and coconut to help protect and deeply hydrate the skin. The multi-step routine ends with the application of Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream. The eye cream brightens and depuffs, as the name says, and provides the under-eye area with a pearlescent finish that can be used instead of concealer.
Ahead of the show, Sunday Riley worked alongside the makeup team to test out how the skin prep would best serve the makeup look, which they do for each show they work backstage on. Speaking with Janell Geason, the Global Artistic Director of Aveda Makeup and head makeup artist working on PatBO, she explained that the “really dewy” look they were striving to achieve began with the skincare. “There is a sheen to the skin, and we wanted to make sure that when we went in there with makeup, it would remain,” she said. “Think: Kate Moss in a nightclub.”
Model Mili Boskovic described the prep as “feeling clean,” and Marcela Ohio, another model, exclaimed that she “couldn’t wait to take these home,” referencing the vegan leather pouch full of goodies that all the models received after their mini-facial.
She says this all while leaning back in her chair and speaking with one of Sunday Riley’s facialists as he massages the ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream into her already glowing complexion before Ohio hops up to get her makeup done and walk in a New York Fashion Show.
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