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By Patricia Wersinger

At the Monique Péan Presentation at Lincoln Center last Tuesday, I met celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin as he was putting the last touches on the models for the Monique Péan jewelry presentation. I was pleased to see him at work using the exquisite Koh Gen Do make up line that won me over as one of its fan when it was introduced at Barney’s last August.

Monique’s Jewelry Collection was inspired by her recent trip to the French Polynesia. “The look for Monique,” says Daniel Martin, “is to evoke a sun kissed glow and to play up the luminosity of the skin to create the perfect backdrop for the jewelry pieces.” For Daniel Martin, a woman’s best accessory is her makeup. The texture, tone and luminosity of the skin should perfectly compliment and frame the jewelry. To create the ethereal dewiness and translucency of the skin in accordance with the mother-of-pearl jewelry, he uses Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation followed by Koh Gen Do’s Face Cheek Caramel Bronze, which sculpts the cheekbone. A subtle shadow in Sand is merely suggested on the eyelid and a nude lipstick with a touch of Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Juicy Beige Lip Gloss created a pale mouth with a heavy full pout.

At the presentation, the models looked luminous and pearl-like in beige and cream pastel frocks evocative of the Polynesian shells that inspired Monique Péan exquisite new line for spring.

According to Daniel Martin, makeup will be understated next spring, with the luminosity of the skin being the main focus. Forget eyeliners, even mascara, and work at bringing a fresh and healthy glow from within.

Originally published September 2010
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