Boys in Blush and Other Things Our Cover Shoot with Jason Dhakal Left Us Thinking About
Here’s what you need to achieve that covetable pop of coral
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I can’t resist putting color on a beautiful face. As luck would have it, our cover stars have all been their own iterations of pretty and feisty and cherub-like, but one of my favorite faces to have worked with thus far might just be July cover guy Jason Dhakal’s.
Jason is a wildly talented musician, one who takes it upon himself to produce and write his own music. As it happens, he also used to be a model––and believe us when we say he’s got the bone structure and mastery of expressions to show for it. It’s this face, equal parts snarky and angular and enigmatic, that carried the beauty direction of our cover shoot without a hitch. See it for yourself:
But hey, what’s the fun in just seeing, right? Since we’ve shown you a look worth trying yourself, it’s only fair that we show you how to achieve it. Ahead, we do just that with a breakdown of the actual products makeup artist Jia Achacruz of The Visual Club used to create the look.
BIOTHERM Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion
THEBALM BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer, P1525
MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte Foundation, P399
When it comes to achieving that covetable glassy finish, skin prep is crucial. In order to nail that flawless finish, Jia didn’t scrimp on giving Jason’s skin all the prepping and priming it needed. She used a combination of two products––Biotherm’s Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in the shade Champagne Pop––to kick the look off with a lit-from-within glow. She then went in with a concoction of skin makeup, made out of TheBalm’s BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer and a touch of Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, for her base.
Blush and Contour
COLOURETTE COSMETICS Coloursnap in Milk, P249
COLOURETTE COSMETICS Colourtint in Jordyn, P249
CARELINE Contour Stick, P205
Jason’s cover look is clearly hinged on the saturated coral-toned blush that looks like it was created by the universe itself to rest right on the guy’s cheekbones. To nail the look, Jia turned to an assortment of proudly locally made products. She used Colourette Cosmetics’ Coloursnap blusher in the shade Milk, then used the brand’s Colourtint in Jordyn for a little extra contour. “I like using this because it’s a good color between a contour and a bronzer: not too warm or cool toned,” shares Jia. She used the same product along with Careline’s handy Contour Stick to create the faux freckles to match the look, applying the two in rotation with a fine brush.
J.CAT BEAUTY Fantasy Dreamland Palette, P799
H&M BEAUTY Showstopper Gloss in All Clear
WUNDER2 Wunderbrow in Brunette, P1600
COLOURETTE COSMETICS Supramatte in Como, P349
With the main attraction of the look all set, it’s important to finish just as strong with the brows, eyes and lips. Jia turned to her trusty J.Cat Fantasy Dreamland Palette and reached for the shades Genie and Wanderlust for the eyes, before topping them off with a layer of H&M Beauty’s Showstopper Gloss. She then brushed up his natural brows with Wunder2’s cult fave tinted brow gel, layered Colourette’s Supramatte in Como and H&M gloss on his lips and called it a day.
If you just chanced upon this piece without having read through Jason’s cover story, do yourself a favor and get with the program. Click through to read Jason Dhakal’s Wonder cover story.
Photography Kris Villano
Art and Art Direction Alexandra Lara
Beauty Direction Cessi Treñas
Hair and Grooming Jia Achacruz
Location Creativx Studio
Production Wonder x The Visual Club