For most women the pursuit of perfect skin is a never ending chase. Thankfully, supermodel IMAN’s cosmetic line is here to help . IMAN, who’s known for having skin second to none, has
spent years creating products that work for radiant complexions of color. With the “in” on all things skin, the CFDA Fashion Icon reveals to us how she keeps her face flawless.
By Qianna Smith
FASHIONQAND.COM: As someone who is
always jet-setting, what beauty products do
you take with you on the plane and in your
suitcase, and how did you keep your skin
looking flawless after a long flight?
IMAN: My All Day Moisture Complex ($14.99,
ulta.com), because it has an SPF 15, vitamins,
and botanicals to protect my skin no matter
what climate I’m flying into. Second to None
Cover Cream ($12.99 drugstore.com),
because it’s the perfect camouflage to give
that refreshed look right after a long flight, and
Afterglow Sheer Bronzing Powder ($14.99,
drugstore.com). It’s an all-in-one product that I
can brush on eyes and cheeks and just go.
Q+A: Valente Frazier for IMAN Cosmetics created the look for the ARISE African Collective Part III runway show at Mercedes-Benz
New York Fashion Week (MBFW). Fashion Q&A was backstage and we loved the radiant look of the models’ skin. Tell us about
your new Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup Foundation that debuted at MBFW? Why are you so passionate about this product?
IMAN: I first decided to create a collection of mineral-enriched products for women with skin of color because the mineral products on
the market looked dreadful on our complexions. The pigments and tones were all wrong for us. So I started with a mineral-enriched
powder, then launched a Cover Cream with minerals, and then decided it was time for a foundation. Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup
($15, drugstore.com) has an antioxidant and botanical complex of Acai, Magnolia, Vitamin E and a blend of pearlized mineral pigments
that care for the skin and give a beautiful finish that looks natural and radiant. Other mineral foundations look ashy and silver on skin of
color, while this one looks luminescent and warm. The makeup artists raved about working with it, the models looked fabulous in it,
and I know everyday women will absolutely love how they look in it. It’s very luxurious. Not your grandma’s liquid makeup!
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Q+A: You are frequently referred to as an ageless
beauty. What’s your skin-care regiment? What
type of moisturizers and/or cleaners do you use in
the spring/summer months? What’s your secret
for keeping fine lines at bay?
IMAN: Women with skin of color often have a
misconception that they can use harsh products on
their skin or not protect their skin from sun damage.
That is absolutely not true. That’s why my products
are formulated to really care for the skin with active
botanicals. I cleanse with Liquid Assets Gentle
Foaming Cleanser ($13.99, ulta.com), which has no
alcohol. I’m a strong believer in sun protection in my
moisturizer and my Eye Defense Cream ($14.99,
drugstore.com); it is the secret for addressing fine
Q+A: How do you balance health and beauty? Do
you have a spring/summer fitness routine? If so
please share how you stay in shape.
IMAN: Exercise, especially jogging, makes your skin
look healthy and dewy, so it’s an important part of
any beauty regimen. I regularly jog and go to the
IntenSati class at Equinox, which is a combination of
yoga and aerobics.
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Q+A: You have worked with some of the world’s most talented makeup artists. What’s the most valuable piece of information a makeup artist has ever shared with you?
IMAN: Make sure that my foundation actually matches my skin tone! When I started modeling, if you weren’t fair-skinned, the foundation options were terrible. They looked gray, pink, ashy.
Fortunately one or two makeup artists learned how to blend until they got it right. But that’s why I started experimenting with blending my own. Now, I’m committed to offering a shade range
that really matches skin of color.