7 Ways To Get That Health Guru Glow, According To The ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Make-up Artist

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

Top it all off with some spray tan or spray sunscreen to give the skin a beautiful sheen. We used Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water and NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture Suncream Spray.”

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.

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The 5 Secrets To “No Make-Up” Make-Up, According To Lisa Eldridge

There are beauty wonderlands and then there is celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s House of Eldridge, a pop-up in London’s Covent Garden, which takes the definition to new heights. With a lipstick lounge, bedecked in rich velvet fabrics (and a lip-shaped sofa – one for the Pinterest interiors board); a selection of her personal collection of vintage make-up, including thousand-year-old compacts and blushers from the 1920s; all of her eponymous make-up line available to try (along with expert colour matching); her beautiful jewellery collection; and soon, professional talks on all manner of subjects – there is something for everyone in the beauty dream world she has created.

It’s something a bit different from a normal beauty stand in a department store,” she tells Vogue over Zoom. “It’s not merchandised, just an insight into my world. There are over a thousand pieces from my vintage make-up collection, some of which I am selling, and areas with different themes. Plus there is a replica of my studio in the back – it’s exactly like people may have seen on Instagram where I used to film my YouTube videos.

One of Eldridge’s calling cards is effortless, fresh make-up that is so imperceptible, no one would ever know her clients are wearing it. She works with everyone from Dua Lipa and Alexa Chung, to Winnie Harlow and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on their luminous complexions, and is equally glowy-skinned herself. So what are her tips on how we can emulate the look at home?

1. Prep is important

One of her top tips is to start with your skincare routine. “Making sure that your skin is well hydrated and moisturized is important,” she says. “Without that, you can’t get the products to behave the way you want them to.”

2. Work with your real skin

For a no make-up make-up effect, Eldridge advises applying your foundation only in the areas it’s needed – generally in the centre of the face. “For me, it’s around my nose, mouth and chin area and a little bit on the forehead,” she says, name-checking her new Foundation as a great product to try. “It’s not a tinted moisturizer or a full coverage formula, but something in the middle that you can sheer out if you want to. It self sets, so you don’t need to powder on top of it. I really like it because it doesn’t feel like you’ve got any make-up on, but it’s still got good coverage.” She applies with her fingers or a flat brush.

3. Don’t be afraid to mix formulas up

If you’re struggling to achieve the right (lightweight) consistency in your base product, Eldridge suggests adding some moisturizer into it. This trick also helps reduce that cakey finish when certain foundations cling to dry or flaky skin.

4. Highlight

A new wave of highlighters nourish the skin while imparting the ultimate dewy sheen for a look that says “healthy”, rather than overdone. “I always use a highlighter on the high points of the cheeks – a subtle one, that doesn’t have any glitter in it – and I apply it on the nose, in the corners of eyes, and on top of the lip to create a dewy look.

5. Create an outdoorsy flush

A make-up artist essential, cream blush is the best route to go down for a natural flush. Eldridge swears by her own Enlivening Blush – in the shade Pink Soap – which she applies with fingers, building up thin layers to create the right texture and finish.

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