Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
When we heard that beauty guru Troy Surratt was overseeing the makeup direction at Ulla Johnson’s first fashion week presentation for Spring ’15, we knew to expect no less than pretty perfection. We didn’t expect it to be so easy to achieve. The backstage vibe, the friendly excitement—it all just flowed. Even the models seemed most cheery and relaxed in their cool Ulla Johnson threads and fresh faces courtesy of Surratt.
Describing Johnson’s collection, Surratt remarked, “It fully captured the spirit and beauty of Ulla herself. It was the epitome of her style and sensibility: warm, inviting and comfortable. There was nothing intimidating or pretentious about it, but at the same time, it was effortlessly chic and elegant.”
To capture the vibe of the collection, the cosmetics palette played off that effortless modernity. Lighter fabrications and fewer clothing layers translated to makeup light on the skin, sheer textures, and transparent washes of color. “I think summer makeup should be as carefree and comfortable as your favorite sandals and t-shirt,” added Troy.
“When I first posted about this look on my Instagram, I coined the phrase ‘peaches and gleam’ because it’s all about gleaming, dewy-looking skin highlighted by peachy nude shades. The blush combo I used, Cantaloupe and Duchesse, literally looks like the skin of a ripe peach. Cantaloupe has a bit of yellow in it, and Duchesse is the perfect powdery-soft peach shade. Mixed together, they create a gorgeous peaches and cream effect.”
Best of all, the “peaches and gleam” look is universally flattering for all skin tones. “For lighter skin, it’s more of a creamy color with a bit of flush on the cheeks, like a really gorgeous Irish girl,” advises Troy. “And on darker skin, peach shades on the apples of the cheeks can be really beautiful and add the perfect pop of color.” Peach proved to be universally flattering, giving all the models in the Ulla Johnson Spring ’15 show a warm, healthy look without going into that fake-bake zone. To achieve the pretty look on your own, we’ve culled all the products used by Troy Surratt at the show. Click on the images to check out all the action backstage—from the Surratt beauty looks you can steal now, to the Ulla Johnson collection that’s already scored a spot on our Spring 2015 wish lists.