When it comes to perfecting your complexion foundation is your go-to product. But, for a flawless and perfectly polished finish, why not up your base game? To create a totally bespoke finish suited to your skin type, as well as mattify shine, impart radiance, eliminate imperfections and add definition, choose your ideal finish and read on…
Matte Foundation Finish
If your skin is on the oily side and you’re concerned about visible pores or you want to achieve a long-lasting, full coverage makeup look that doesn’t slip or budge, then a matte finish that you can create by layering products is ideal.
Start by prepping cleansed skin with a mattifying primer that not only prepares skin for foundation but also absorbs excess oil, works to minimise the appearance of pores and helps to control shine. Look for an oil-free formula or a lightweight gel texture that doesn’t clog pores, like Cover FX’s newly formulated Mattifying Primer, which glides onto skin to create an ultra-smooth canvas for flawless foundation application, plus it contains 1% salicylic acid to help keep breakouts at bay.
Next, apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic foundation that has been specially formulated to avoid clogging pores. We recommend the new Hourglass Vanish Liquid Foundation because it’s light, non-greasy formula is ideal for oily complexions. Instant full-coverage is delivered through the formula’s innovative coated pigments, which allow for seamless application and long-wearing, second-skin adherence.
Dewy Foundation Finish
A glowing, luminous complexion is one of the most sought-after makeup looks, but is particularly essential if your skin is dry and appears dull and lacklustre.
Prep is everything if you want natural-looking dewy skin and moisture masks are a must. Look for hydrating face masks with hero ingredient hyaluronic acid, a super hydrator which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. We love Emma Hardie Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask, which is rich in hyaluronic acid and works to moisturise and firm skin helping it to appear radiant. Keep it in the fridge and apply to cleansed skin before applying foundation for a plumped-up effect.
A failsafe way to create healthy looking, radiant skin is to apply several light yet buildable layers of skincare. A hydrating primer, serum or lightweight oil will help skin to lock in valuable moisture and form the perfect base for a smooth and radiant foundation finish. Try Becca Skin Love Glow Elixir layered underneath foundation for a lit-from-within look. The Becca Glow Nectar Hydra Brightening Complex sinks easily into skin to offer an essential moisture boost.
Foundations that are enriched with hydrating ingredients and light-reflective optics will help to brighten and even out skin tone and give the appearance of a luminous complexion. Renowned in the industry for its dewy finish, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is great for normal to dry skin. Formulated with Nars’ Complexion Brightening Formula and loaded with potent antioxidants including turmeric, it helps to improve the luminosity and tone of skin while providing long-lasting hydration and a soft, smooth finish.
Airbrushed Foundation Finish
You might want to fake a flawless finish if you’re concerned about imperfections, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles or uneven skin texture.
Treat cleansed skin to a refining face mask. Korean-inspired skincare band Erborian’s BB Shot Mask has an instant skin-perfecting effect. As soon as the mask is removed, its pearly finish helps to blur the appearance of imperfections, smooths and refines skin texture and blurs imperfections.
Look for a foundation designed to minimise scarring, unevenness or blemishes. We recommend By Terry Cover-Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation SPF15 – a complexion-enhancing, featherweight foundation enriched with micro-powders to nurture skin as well as improving its appearance.
Satin Foundation Finish
A satin finish isn’t as flat as a matte finish or as radiant as a dewy finish, but falls somewhere in between. It’s a soft-focus finish that is particularly flattering for more mature skin types, as it helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and disguises imperfections.
For a flawless look and an all-over even skin tone, apply By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer to freshly moisturised skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid micro-filling technology, this creamy mousse primer works to plump up the skin, filling in pores and fine lines and imparting a smooth effect.
Create a luminous, flawless complexion with Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Foundation – a lightweight liquid foundation that builds from medium to full coverage to provide a luxurious, satin finish. Infused with light-reflecting particles and high-definition pearlescent pigments, it helps to create a warm glow on the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to boost lasting hydration and gives more mature skin a brighter and more youthful look.
Finally, opt for a lightly milled setting powder. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is unique in that is smooths and sets makeup but also contains hydrating hero hyaluronic acid to plump up skin and reduce the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles. Silica microbead also provide an invisible matte finish that provides all skin types with a comfortable moisture balance throughout the day giving that gorgeous silky smooth finish.