As '80s excess gave way to '90s minimalism, makeup put the focus on the skin, not color. Markey's technique for a flawless complexion: Use concealer to hide discoloration or redness under the eyes, on the lids, and around the nose.
Even out the whole complexion with a thin layer of foundation (the best new ones have a sheer, dewy finish), then set everything (including the concealer on the lids) with a translucent loose powder. To bring out the eyes, blend a taupe shadow on the lids and then line the lower lashes with the same shadow, using an eyeliner brush; apply one coat of black mascara.
You want your brows to be strong but not harsh—a brow powder about two shades lighter than your natural brow color will softly fill them out. A peachy blush stays true to the neutral palette but ensures you won't look washed out; a beigy pink lip pencil applied over a waxy balm leaves lips silky and subtly defined.
Shirt, Marc Jacobs. Jeans, Helmut Lang.