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Beauty Secrets We Learned From Nina Park

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As far as we know, there’s almost no such thing as effortless beauty. From facial treatments that leave your complexion dewy and luminous to the perfect winged eyeliner, experts reveal their most-trusted, insider hacks for CR‘s series, Beauty Secrets.

Nina Park’s clean and classic approach to beauty is what makes the Chanel makeup artist a go-to for starlets including Zoë Kravitz, Lily-Rose Depp, Laura Harrier, and more. Although red carpets have been on hold amidst the coronavirus, that hasn’t kept Park from dreaming up bold beauty looks. She and hair stylist Bryce Scarlett have embarked on a new project, titled Adjoining Rooms, in which they get to flex their skills during quarantine while giving followers a glimpse into their creative process. Eager to get back to work, Park shares the inside scoop on their collaboration with CR, along with her pro-tips for a multi-layered approach to creating a flawless face and how to enhance a nude lip.

How did you and Bryce come up with the concept for Adjoining Rooms?
“We’ve been talking about the things that we missed the most about working, and it was really about these creative conversations that we have about designing a look–hair, makeup, the references, why that would work, and why it wouldn’t work. It’s been like a little passion project of ours. We get a stylist, they present us with a full look for an event, and we talk about what approach we take for hair and makeup and why.”

You have mastered the fresh-faced no-makeup makeup look. What’s your strategy?
“That’s my favorite type of makeup to do. To create any no-makeup makeup and make it clean and fresh, the most important step is prepping with skincare. The no-makeup makeup look is difficult to achieve without proper exfoliation or moisturized skin. So a big emphasis on skincare, and the second part would be the placement of foundation and concealer are extremely important. I like to use a very sheer tinted moisturizer to even out the canvas first, and then only in spots that need a little more additional coverage I’ll go in with a cream foundation or a concealer if it needs more coverage. Doing that, the texture of the overall skin looks fresh and feels natural at the same time.”

You mentioned the importance of skin prep–what techniques do you use?
“I like to use a liquid exfoliator. Chanel makes one that I love. It’s the Sublimage La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante. It’s a gentle exfoliator and I use it with a cotton pad. It instantly boosts radiation, but it doesn’t leave any redness or any tingling behind so I can do this prepping for a client for a red carpet look and it wouldn’t affect the makeup at all. For moisturizers, I like something very rich. I let it soak in and then pat off the excess. A heavier, hydrating moisturizer works it in and then when you do makeup, it’s easy to take the shine down and at least the skin will be really well conditioned.”

Do you have any tips for creating a perfect nude lip?
“The perfect nude color is one that looks the most natural and effortless. I like to layer lip liners and lip pencils to sculpt into a final lip. Use one shade slightly darker than your natural lip color on the outside parts and then blend using what I call a lippy tone, which is basically like your true lip tone. It’s never just one or two products, it’s a lot of layering to create the depth and the look that you’re going for. It’s funny talking about no-makeup, makeup–surprisingly, creating a really clean and natural face takes just as long. It’s deceptively clean and natural looking.”

Do you have a favorite look you’ve done?
“I did Zoe Kravitz for the BAFTA this year. I really love the look so much. I just remember how many attempts it took for me to get the lipstick color to perfectly match the earrings.”

What’s your daily makeup look?
“I like to keep so minimal on myself. I say this a lot actually, but it’s mostly because I’m really terrible at touching myself up. I’m constantly touching up everyone else and by the time I look in the mirror, I’m like, ‘Oh, wow, I really should have looked in the mirror sooner.’ So I like to keep it simple and clean and go with a really wearable look that’s practical.”

Any personal favorite products?
“I’m loving the Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint. It’s really dewy and beautiful, because it looks the most like skin to me. It’s perfect for any look and is great to wear when you are just running out. I’m really biased because I really do wear and love Chanel products so much, like the Blush Sticks are amazing. I wear them all the time. It’s an easy convertible color for your cheeks, mouth, and I just love having a multi-use product like that, not just in my life but in my kit. I really love these tinted lip balms by Innisfree, it’s a Korean brand, called My Lip Balm. It gives a really soft sense of color, but gives off like ‘my lips but better’ effect and it’s more of a matte finish. I take a lot of time into skincare as well, so for a daily exfoliation the Sublimage La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante is great for day and night, and then for weekly exfoliation I really love Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate. I keep it in the shower, and for deeper exfoliation I’ll massage a thin layer and let it sit for a few minutes in the steam.”

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