Let’s Get Sensual


In 1987, Kevyn Aucoin warned the New York Times, “If you don’t want to spend time to look good, fine. [But] nothing great is easy.” Well, it's now 2013 (in case you'd forgotten), and Aucoin’s own posthumous line has done the seemingly impossible, creating exacting, simple, and time-saving tools like The Curling Mascara, our beloved Sensual Skin Enhancer, and, most recently, Sensual Skin Tinted Balm, which takes about sixty seconds to give a glow on par with Liv Tyler in Lord of the Rings.

But let's be clear: Sensual Skin Tinted balm is not you-can’t-see-my-blemish-but-you-can-see-my-makeup makeup. This is for skin so even and hydrated that bartenders will card you. It's that kind of coverage (anecdote based on a actual events; California licenses are a little funky, what can we do). In addition to providing a pore-smoothing, ever-so-slightly dewy (not shiny or sparkly) finish usually reserved for $700 facials, SSTB's peptide-filled and paraben-free formula works to protect your face, too, preserving cells, soothing skin, and adding an additional UV barrier, with what the company calls "theoretic SPF 20." Hmm...

Anyway!  We say take Aucoin’s advice and start by matching any one of the six tones—two shades were added this month, which is great, because color is everything when it comes to good face makeup—to your neck, not your cheek (helps you avoid the 'makeup mask' look). Then, after moisturizing and priming, squeeze a dollop out of the tube and blend a thin layer over your entire face. Use your fingers or a brush/blender of your choice. Depending on your technique and how much you use, coverage can range from tone-evening tinted moisturizer to medium-weight foundation. Either way, your makeup will be basically imperceptible and you will still look like yourself—just a little more...sensual.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • CarolinaG

    I loved it!!!!!!!

    I'm posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:


  • Chantel

    Nice post.

  • murt

    hmmm this looks very interesting - I'm a big MAC Face and Body fan, but lately I've been finding it too drying for my skin. I was looking at Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm instead, but this looks even better - thanks!

  • Parisian To Be

    I've been wanting to try this recently! I'm slightly afraid, though, of its mineral-oil base.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

    • PradaStole

      There's also talc in it. I've been looking for anything to replace my Laura Mercier Oil Free tinted moisturizer, it clogs my pores so much but I guess this won't do the trick.

      • Parisian To Be

        Have you tried the Clinique CC Cream. It's really good - lightweight, natural looking, dewy, yet has good coverage without looking like a mask. Check it out! I've also got the Laura Mercier, but I prefer this one more.

        • PradaStole

          Thanks that one is on my list to try :)

  • Michelle

    will the "theoretical" SPF cause flashback in pics?? im not even sure what that means. still, sounds amaaaaazing!

  • kelly ☾

    great link drop to that nice 1987 nytimes article written by linda wells..'nothing great is easy'

  • Ana

    This sounds perfect! I need it!



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