A London makeup artist’s secrets for flawless skin

The genius thing about Naoku Scintu‘s makeup is that it seems like it naturally belongs on the face. Pulling off such a feat is challenging enough when a look “just” involves a radiant complexion or neutral eye; it’s infinitely more difficult with a painterly swipe of cobalt. And yet, the London-based makeup artist always makes famous faces—including those of Karlie Kloss, Emily Ratajkowski, and Laura Harrier—seem as though they were born to wear, say, a glossy eggplant lip. Here, she shares her tools of the trade and passes along some of her best advice.

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OKAY, NAOKO, WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

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1. TOM FORD SHADE & ILLUMINATE CHEEKS

“The god of all palettes. Makes a gray face sun-kissed and glowing.”

 

2. SUQQU FRAMING EYEBROW LIQUID PEN

“Mimics brow hair with its super-fine nib and a light touch of color for a totally natural-looking brow.”

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3. IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE CONCEALER

“The texture is to die for and covers brilliantly. It’s waterproof, too.”

 

4. SUQQU W FOUNDATION BRUSH

“I love this brush to buff in foundation. It leaves the skin looking flawless.”

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5. NEAL’S YARD ORGANIC DEFENCE HAND SPRAY

“Smells incredible, is organic, kills 99.9% of bacteria, and is English to the bone.”

 

6. OMOROVICZA PERFECTING LIP BALM

“The perfect lip balm: super-conditioning and tastes amazing.”

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7. SUQQU NUDE WEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION

“Glides on and melts into the skin. Obsessed!”

 

8. SUQQU MOISTURE RICH LIPSTICK

“Leaves the lips juicy and full. It’s my absolute favorite lipstick in life!”

 

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KEEP SPILLING…

TO ME, MODERN BEAUTY IS

appreciating and loving what you already have—and making the very best of these qualities.

MAKEUP EXCITES ME BECAUSE

it enables joyful and positive transformation.

I’M KNOWN FOR MY

healthy, dewy skin. I’ve been told by many that this is my signature.

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I WISH EVERYONE WOULD TRY

Sun Chlorella A. It’s a freshwater single-cell green algae. I don’t have any gray hair because I’ve been taking this for years. It’s a really easy way to add more greens to your diet. I swear by this brand.

THE LAST BEAUTY PRODUCT I BOUGHT WAS

Ling Drying Lotion for spots and acne. It’s really easy to use as it has a pipet/dropper, which you use directly on the spots.

MY MAKEUP BAG ISN’T COMPLETE WITHOUT

my Sisley Youth Protector SPF 30.

MY SKINCARE SECRET

Regular visits to PfefferSal in London. My favorite facial is called Correct, Prevent, and Perfect. It’s for acneic, oily skin like mine.

MY MAKEUP M.O.

Less is more.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME

Perfectionist, punctual, Londoner.

IF I COULD HAVE ONLY ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT, IT WOULD BE

Concealer with built-in SPF.

"My mum, Ayako Tanaka, inspires me because she's a medical herbalist and uses herbs for natural healing."

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF MY CAREER HAS BEEN

Learning how to manage my repetitive strain injury in my left hand. (yes, I’m a lefty!) Acupuncture is the key!

EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW _______ ON INSTAGRAM

@thewallgroup.

TO ME, MAKEUP IS

confidence and a whole lot of fun.

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