“The makeup reference at Simone Rocha was punky, Victorian, a little bit religious and a little bit royal,” said MAC’s Sam Bryant. Skin was prepped with BB cream, followed by a flush of putty pink in Casual Colour, Have a Lovely Day on the cheeks, and a smudge of Whirl lip pencil on the mouth.

She said she wanted the gold leaf on models’ faces to be “really conceptual and ‘off.’” The leaf was applied on the forehead with water-based glue to create shapes ranging from “gold sweat beads” to a more full-on effect. Bryant said the leaf is so delicate that no one can breathe on it, and if the girl’s skin is too hot it won’t stay.

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