Proving blue is the warmest colour, photographer Alina Gross invites us on a journey through an imagined sea teeming with otherworldly creatures. Deep dive with us into this summer’s most escapist beauty looks below…
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Evoke the facets of an oceanic jewel by layering enchanting lapis and royal azure around your eyes. Achieve the look with Byredo’s Colour Sticks, then perfect with an added pop of pearl-like luminosity using Gucci’s Stylo Contour Des Yeux Eyeliner Pencil in Céleste on the inner corners.
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For lush lips that gleam and glow, the first step is caring for your pout. Reach for Tatcha’s The Kissu Lip Mask, a leave-on jelly-like balm infused with Japanese peaches that boosts hydration and offers plumping and smoothing properties.
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Soak in the Wonder
Let your bathtub be the portal to a world of ease and deep relaxation. Soak your cares away with Pursoma’s Resurrection Bath Soak, available from Net-a-Porter with wild harvested Atlantic kelp and hydrating organic green algae. Lavish care on your Y-zone with Dr Barbara Sturm’s specifically formulated V Wash.
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Consider your body as the ultimate canvas and paint outside the lines with Make Up For Ever’s Flash Color Multi-use Palette. Lose yourself in the beautiful and bizarre with vibrant pigments and saturated hues while rediscovering the lost childhood joys of body paint.
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Need to drench your skin in moisture? Rationale’s The Hydragel with Ceramic Shield technology works to simultaneously hydrate and protect the skin from environmental pollution. As a finishing touch, opt for Hermès’s your-skin-but-better Le Plein Air Complexion Balm. Its formula includes hyaluronic acid, evening primrose oil and Baikal skullcap that serve to hydrate and shield the skin.
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Borrow cues for your next night out from the phosphorescent glow of creatures from the deep. Awaken a magnetic radiance with Sunday Riley’s Fairy Godmother Shimmering Oil Gel and Dear Dahlia’s Paradise ShineEye Sequins.
Photography and art direction: Alina Gross
Body painter: Vanessa Hitzfield
Make-up: Aurelie Dehecq
Make-up assistant: Faustine Duchesne
Photographer’s assistant: Sebastian Ciupke
Models: Emma Declercq and Carlie Schäfer
Retouching: Lydia Tzirkova
Words: Alli Sim and Dominique Yohanes