If you are currently watching Amazon Prime’s Nine Perfect Strangers, you’ll be familiar with the mystery that is Masha Dmitrichenko. Played by Nicole Kidman, Masha is the enigmatic founder of boutique health and wellness resort, Tranquillum House.
Not much is known about Masha, apart from the fact that she has perfect hair, flawless skin and seems to glow from within. It’s the same for all of the staff working at Tranquillum. In fact, as the series unfolds, and many secrets are uncovered, most of the guests staying at the resort also seem to acquire that knowing wellness glow. Maybe it’s from those smoothies they drink, or from spending all that time outdoors. Or, perhaps, it’s the glow of enlightenment as they unburden themselves of their past traumas. On second thoughts, it’s probably the psilocybin that Masha has been secretly lacing their drinks with.
Though morally dubious, it seems to have done the job; the guests look and feel great. Unfortunately, magic mushrooms are illegal. The good news? You can recreate the Tranquillum glow at home – and without having to resort to Class A drugs. Below, Nine Perfect Strangers’s leading hair and make-up artist, Nikki Gooley, shows how.
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Less is more
“My whole make-up premise is less is more. I always love the way people at day spas and beauty salons have an impeccable glow. I wanted Nicole (Kidman) and the others to look almost soothing, peaceful, healthy, and radiant, while, at the same time, having a no-fuss feel.”
A good moisturiser is key
“More often than not we used moisturizer or sunscreen mixed with a little foundation just to even the tone. I was mixing foundations like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF15 with Eminence Bamboo Firming Moisturiser, for a sheer glow.”
Blend in some darker tones
“The guests had their healthy make-up moment as their healing started to kick in, so I had their skin tones slightly tanned by mixing a darker foundation with moisturizer or tinted sunscreen. We used MAC Studio Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation to give a smooth effect, which we blended in with a touch of golden bronze, either Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector or Nars Laguna, which we subtly buffed across their brow bones, nose, cheeks, and chin, as if they had caught some sun.”
Liven the skin with spray sunscreen
Give your cheeks a healthy flush
“Give your cheeks a healthy glow with the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint. Apply this with fingers and buff onto the apples of your cheeks. You can also add it up onto the brow bone and down the bridge of the nose for that sun-kissed look.”
Keep the lips fresh and dewy
“Finger the lips with a touch of colour similar to that on the cheeks. We used RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint again. And slap on some balm to give your lips that fresh dewiness. We used one by Mecca Cosmetica in Nude, and Chanel Les Beiges Lip Balm in Deep.”
Set the look
“To set the look, tone, and hydrate the skin, use a nice spritz of Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist.”