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Pollinating Your Skin Is In

A perfectly pollinated face at Collina Strada Fall 2020. Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Last season, at Collina Strada’s sustainable spring 2020 show, makeup artist Allie Smith decorated models’ faces with crisp, local produce. Yesterday, for fall 2020, she showed us how to properly fertilize a face in the first place to ensure it’ll grow something similarly fun all on its own.

“It’s glowy, sun-smooched, and pollinated,” Smith said of the beauty look, which was comprised of bright, marigold splotches of color around the eyes and skin that looked dewy — as in, covered in the literal dew you find outside. “It’s healthy, I’ve-been-working-in-garden-and-have-amazing-skin.”

How does a gardener get her skin so good? With a lineup of products from sustainable beauty brand Mad Hippie, (including the , , and ) and Smith’s bespoke pollination, which requires zero bees. To properly pollinate a face, though, you will need a few household items, including a step-stool and sifter.

“You can send me your chiropractor bill later,” Smith assured model as she hovered above her, sifter in hand before instructing her to close her eyes and tilt her head alllll the way back. A natural pigment (made by Smith herself) was then poured into the sifter, causing the glorious “pollen” to snow all over the upper half of Natanne’s face. Smith used a shadow brush to guide the pigment through the sifter, creating her desired abstract shape.

“Bring your head back down and give me your best fake sneeze,” she directed. Two more impressively convincing achoo’s later, Natanne opened her eyes and was left with the perfect wash of pollination. “Amazing. And that’s how you pollinate a girl for Collina Strada.”

“Sponsored by Benadryl,” Natanne casually added as she headed over to get some real-life twigs and moss rolled into her hair by hairstylist .

Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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Pollinating Your Skin Is In