Buro 24/7 Exclusive: NARS makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo’s tips on natural beauty

A clean slate


By Cai Mei Khoo

Buro 24/7 Exclusive: NARS makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo’s tips on natural beauty

What inspired you to create the look for the J.W. Anderson AW16 show?

The look is all about honest, clean, perfect individualistic beauty. The collection definitely played a great role in inspiring it. There is a lot going on with textures, silhouettes, metallics and the likes, so we wanted to make the beauty look more about the girls, as they already looked great in the clothes.


We actually used skincare—applying moisturiser and foundation, then powder. The eyebrows were brushed without product, not filled in, and curled eyelashes were left clean. It’s all about a clean, matte complexion. I love the idea of matte skin, that’s like the big stroke of makeup. Beautiful moisturised lips are also key here—we’re going to wipe off the lip gloss before they hit the runway, and leave them to their own texture.

Do you think going natural will be the trend for Autumn/Winter?

Natural is always a conversation, so is no-makeup makeup. This is a version of no-makeup makeup, but we took it really personal to each girl. You could call it the ultimate minimalist no-makeup makeup look


What are some key trends that you foresee for Autumn/Winter?

I definitely see matte to drier skin textures being big. I’m also playing with a flushed cheek that is more seamless and not as contoured—that is one trend I’m really feeling. And I’m looking forward to the return of ‘real makeup’. For a while we were really afraid of colours, but I think people are starting to embrace makeup as a beauty statement and it will be nice to have fun with colours again.

Any tips for creating nice, matte skin?

Most importantly, take good care of your skin. And buy some really good powder brushes—it makes a difference. 


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