“It’s so hard to find that perfect blend of cool and alabaster,” says Gucci, talking about the inspiration behind Atelier N—a brand new shade of Vital Skin that launches on Westman-Atelier.com today. Created with clients like Julianne Moore and Anne Hathaway in mind, “it’s for very fair girls with that milky complexion who want a true neutral undertone—no rose or ruddiness.” And, she adds, it’s especially great in the colder months when pale skin tends to look pinkish or, on the flip side, go ghostly dull. “It’s so creamy, it just evens everything out and it also gives life and radiant freshness to the skin,” she explains, adding that the soothing plant-based actives and antioxidants in her formula help protect against long-term irritation, too.

Here, Gucci sits down with Swedish model Sara Blomqvist at home for a quick tutorial on the heels of New York Fashion Week. Watch as they talk fair skin issues (see flushing and t-zone flare-ups), application tricks, and why a pre-foundation exfoliation is key.

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