G. LABEL Elise Chambray Button Down, goop, $195
Dear Jean, I want to look like I’m wearing no makeup, but I also want to look my best in as little time as possible! If you were going to recommend just one thing (rather than a whole routine), what should I get? —Violet S.
Dear Violet, I used to think that a “natural” (aka nonintense) color was the most natural-looking. But after years of watching makeup artists, particularly the brilliant Dick Page, I know that it’s less a matter of the color’s intensity and more a matter of its texture. And something I’ve learned less from watching makeup artists and more from watching people try makeup on—a little hot pink makes just about every skin tone on earth look instantly prettier.