The notion of kaleidoscopic skin first jumped on our radar after seeing the look Francelle Daly created for the 3.1 Phillip Lim models, when she applied layers of reflective makeup to create a finish she called the “Monochromatic Techno Glow.” Yes, please. The effect was subtly futuristic because the products used were all slightly pearlescent, almost holographic (and aren't holograms always emblematic of the future?). Note that Daly didn't confine the iridescence to just a hint of highlighter at the eyes or cheekbones—the whole face can get in on the action. Here's how:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Use Daly's universally flattering, pastel pink shimmer stick, Nars The Multiple in Luxoron the high planes of your face, or anywhere you want to draw attention (Amanda Lepore has a good method: highlighting the tops of the cheeks, the tip and bridge of the nose, and the whole forehead—like a prismatic version of Marilyn Monroe's heart-shaped face). And to tip the scale toward the otherworldly, catch extra light by emphasizing all those same places with a bit of the Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Iceland (ivory and ice-green).
*Dab a spot of Bobbi Brown Pink Lilac Brightening Gloss to the center of your mouth over your lipstick, creating an extra dimension of sheer pink and purple prisms. Or, wear it on bare lips for a pink pearlescence that says, “It's the Millennium: the future is now.”
*No, Holographic Bordeaux (E305) is not a beverage unfortunately. It is the color of an Ellis Faas Light Pen we are currently very into. When the smoky-maroon cream shadow finds the light and explodes into shades of blue, everyone will think you’re a mermaid. Or, go for a subtler approach and try the Lilac (E304) version, a sheer violet shadow with facets of Easter-egg pink.
Photos by Mathea Millman.