How To Have Fun With Makeup Again


"Don't overthink it." That's makeup artist Nick Barose's advice when we ask him what the secret is to wearing bold color all over your face—and pulling it off as seamlessly (Gracefully?) as Grace Bol. "The drama is already there, so keep the application simple and spontaneous. Nothing too precise, so it feels fresher and quirkier." Everything else involves beautiful, fresh skin, pared-down brows, and the pervasive spirit of resistance. It's Fashion Week all over again!

Rebelling against a pre-conditioned norm is as easy as starting a makeup story with a jarring quote: You just have to commit to what you're doing and take it from there. Editors—ahem, sorry—society be damned. "There are too many 'Beauty Rules' which keep people from trying fun things," says Nick. "You see people changing their outfits, bags, shoes, everything, but who won't change their lipstick." Now more than ever is the time to be expressive, and Nick is ready to show us how it's done. Magenta eyeshadow seems like a good starting place.

The Vivid Smoky Eye

What makeup technique looks a smoky eye, applies like a smoky eye, but feels infinitely fresher than a smoky eye? Some Make Up For Ever Red Aqua Cream pressed all the way up to the brow and powdered with Poppy Aqua Shadow. Sure, the execution is all the same, but the result is more lacquer than rocker.
Cheeks are MAC Mineralize Blush in Film Noir. Lips are Lancôme Le Metallique Lip Lacquer in Purple Onyx. Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde used throughout. Grace wears an M Missoni sweater and Closer by WWAKE earrings.

The Technopop Lip

Eyes on lips. What you see here is the gorgeous, pigmented, singular MAC Liptensity in Hellebore. These sticks are bold from the bullet, with a sheeny finish just because.
Eyes are Sisley Eyetwist in Havana. Cheeks are Surratt Artistique Blush in Se Pomponner. Grace wears an APC sweater and Erickson Beamon earrings.

The Iridescent Layered Lid

Or: How matching your eye color to your dress is actually a considered beauty look and not a lazy styling trick. Nick started with a base of Armani Eye Tint in Onyx, a pale, mossy, and very glossy shade, and layered Lancôme Gold Deluxe over that for a shade that all but jumps from the lid.
Cheeks are MAC Film Noir and lips are Marc Jacobs Lip Cream in Mahogany. Grace wears a Maryam Nassir Zadeh dress and Jennifer Fisher earrings.

The Tonal Red Eye + Lip

Look closer. Closer. Hit command-plus on your keyboard. See the differences in the eye and lip? Both are pop-red, but the eyes skew pink and the lips hint orange. The difference in shade is both slight and striking. It's that mismatched color that hearkens back to Nick's original sentiment—there's always beauty in the little risks.
Lips are Nars Lipstick in Heatwave and eyes are Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liner in Fireball. Cheeks are Glossier Haloscope in Topaz. Grace wears an M Missoni top and Eddie Borgo earrings.

Grace Bol photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Nick Barose. Styled by Rachel Gilman.

Next up: How to rock bubblegum pink lipstick like Josephine Skriver or an intense copper eye like Slick Woods.