Summer may be in the rearview mirror, but don’t despair. Keep it going with Stone Fox Bride Creative Director Molly Guy’s sunset-inspired makeup look. A little berry lip color, some dewy skin, and flushed cheeks will have you looking sun kissed and refreshed, no matter what the thermometer reads.
The Inspiration: The Golden Hour
“I love that whole ethos of summer. Your hair is wild, and you feel carefree and easy,” says Molly. “When you come in after spending the entire day outside, and you feel touched by the sun and totally relaxed. Just a hint of shimmer—like the personification of sunshine. Whether I’m walking around New York City or down the beach in Montauk, I try to capture that feeling of never-ending summer.”
The Color Palette: The Sunset
“I love a palette of warm apricot, nudes, pale yellow, and dusky pink inspired by sandy, washed-out colors found in nature,” says Molly. “I have this vision of 1979 Laurel Canyon where everything is lush and verdant but also a little bit faded and mellow. I think of an Arizona sunset or the deserts of New Mexico.”
The Technique: Less is More
“It’s all about being radiant and relaxed—not overdone or dramatic,” says Molly. “The more you can see someone’s skin and let their inner beauty shine through, the more beautiful that really is. I know it sounds cheesy, but I believe it to be true.”
“I love that lip color you get after eating cherries and raspberries and blackberries all day in the summertime. It’s so lush,” says Molly. “To create a naturally berry-stained look, press lipstick directly onto the skin with your finger instead of applying it straight from the bullet."
"When I work with models on photo shoots, I always encourage them to get their hands onto the product and put it on their skin. It makes everything look more organic.” Try Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, a universally flattering shade that goes on sheer and merges with your natural lip color to create the perfect stained finish.
“As an alternative to lip gloss, I’m a huge fan of applying a little bit of shimmer on the cupid’s bow right above the lips. I also apply a swipe of shimmer on the upper cheekbones. It’s a really amazing, really easy way to create dimension and sheen,” says Molly. Get the look with Clinique Chubby Sculpting Highlight, which glides on smooth and leaves skin looking naturally dewy, never sparkly.
Create a summertime flush with creamy, mistake-proof blush like Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm. Blend with fingers for a super-natural finish, no mirror necessary.
Photography: Kim Myers Robertson | Words: Hilary Presley | Hair: Kyoungmin Chon | Makeup: Brian Duprey