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Soothe and calm hot-and-bothered skin without disturbing your makeup.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Midday Makeup Refresher | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey

— PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE STUDIO WITH VIOLET GREY

It’s perhaps the opposite of afternoon delight: that point in a warm day when, after rushing to pick up lunch and drop off the dry cleaning, even the most carefully applied makeup is can be overcome by an oily, uninvited shine.
And because the goal is to look polished, not shiny, VIOLET GREY makeup artist Merrady Wickes has perfected a targeted three-step process for cooling down the complexion. Here’s her two-minute tip sheet for an instantly refreshed face.

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First step: Relieve your face of excess oil. Wickes favors Tatcha’s blotting papers for their double-duty composition (you can use both sides of each sheet). And most important, she says, “They are made from hammered abaca leaves, so there’s no wood pulp which can irritate the skin.” Lightly dab onto the face to wick away shine elegantly.

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This French spray—a cold drink of water for the skin—is infused with energizing mint, orange, and rosemary. “The balm mint and peppermint instantly refresh, and it’s hydrating without being sticky,” says Wickes. Mist over the face, chest, and even legs for an instant cool.

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“This is amazing for touch-ups,” says Wickes, who prizes this foundation pen for its ability to remedy redness and melted makeup. “You can have ten layers of makeup covered by two layers of sweat, oil, and grease, but this pen makes everything perfect again.” Bonus points for the anti-inflammatory date seed extract and moisture-binding sodium hyaluronate in this calming formula.

IN POLITE
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In polite society, the true purpose of an afternoon DELIGHT is to eliminate the NEED for blush.
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