If you’ve been captivated by the “blushing” and “flushing” of Anastasia Steele in EL James hit book, 50 Shades of Grey, then you’re not alone. Besides pondering the sad realization that American’s are sex starved, the “50 Shades” phenomenon got me wondering, what does sex look like? Not the actual act of love making, more like the post-coitol look on one’s complexion. “Flushed” cheeks as EL James has so promptly pointed out on numerous occasions, a bitten lip (also pointed out time and time again – more as a turn on than as an effect of a good lay), and steely eyes? I asked celebrity makeup artist Denika Bedrossian to think up two looks for any woman wanting to channel her inner Anastasia Steele.
Up first, 50 shades of flushed…
“For this look, I’d recommend Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer to not only create a natural even skin tone but also protect it with moisturizers and SPF. Adding a Tarte Cheek Stain in Light Pink for fair skin and Deep Berry for darker tones or Elizabeth Arden Cream Blush in Nectar for fair skin and Plum for Darker tones on the apples of the cheeks will give a dewy, sun kissed face. Stains and creams create a flirty pinched cheek appearance as described by EL James when writing of Anastasia’s constant “blushing apples.”
Next, try using MAC clear or tinted Brow Gel to keep fine eye brow hairs in place. Placing a light coat of Black or Brown Mascara on your curled lashes is a must. Try Tarte Eye Lash Curler, followed by there MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Waterproof Mascara. For all those steamy baths and showers with Mr.Grey, you’ll need a good waterproof lash!
For a 50 Shades of Grey eye (think: flirty, sexy, irresistable), Bedrossian recommends: