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Foundation Finishes


Foundation is arguably the staple of most makeup bags but hands up who’s yet to find the one? The latest formulas combine hard-working skincare ingredients with super-fine pigments to deliver seamless coverage. Take a targeted approach to finding the right finish and you’ll hit your beauty base ambitions every time.

Plumped and Poreless

Office air-con and the switch in seasons sucking the life out of your skin and leaving you with more pronounced lines? Select formulas infused with plumping actives that smooth as they create a uniform canvas. Look for hyaluronic acid; a firming saviour that supports the skin’s collagen network to reveal younger-looking skin, and opt for a serum or ultra fluid formulation. A failsafe bet which harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid is By Terry Cover-Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation SPF15. This high-tech fluid fuses this with intelligent “skin mimetic multi-corrective pigments, an advanced mineral correction complex that adds a youthful radiance and camouflages wrinkles and fine lines,” explains Albane Laloy, the brand’s Head of Artistry.

Put peptides on your ingredients wish-list too, go for matrixyl, a complex which stimulates collagen synthesis for longer-lasting results. Try Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup which packs in a clinical level of this potent peptide.

Airbrushed and Flawless

The new airbrushed is less reality-celebrity inspired and more sumptuous, second-skin, matte. (yet full-coverage). Look for matte formulations that are water, humidity and transfer-resistant to really go the distance. Satin-finishes often look too dewy so won’t deliver the airbrushed effect you’re after; Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation Makeup has got all these bases covered and more, it’s flawless long-wear in a weightless finish. Makeup maestro Mary Greenwell explains, “it can be built up for a flawless full coverage, or used minimally to even out skin tone.” If you want airbrushed and flawless in portable form Nars new Velvet Matte Foundation Stick ticks all the boxes. Anna Priadka, Global Artist at Nars recommends applying it “outwards from the centre of the face, then using fingers to blend.

On areas where you need higher coverage use the touch-up blender and stipple into skin.” She advocates prepping skin scrupulously pre base, “face oils applied pre foundation allow it to glide on effortlessly,” she advises.

Radiant and Rested

Catch up on your full eight hours with products that fake those extra zzzz’s. Look for light diffusing particles; essentially micronized mineral particles and pearl extracts that adhere to the skin and refract light from darker areas. Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation contains acrylic coated red pearl pigments to reflect light and minimize shadows, plus pearl powder to diffuse light and brighten. As well as helping you look fresher, luminous skin is a catwalk staple. “Lightweight textures and radiant, fresh-looking skin are a key trend on the runways for autumn/winter,” says Viviana Martin Director of Global Pro Artistry at Kevyn Aucoin. She recommends “buffing The Etherealist into skin with a brush for an even finish.” Lightness in general is the holy grail when it comes to nailing this finish.

Besides light-diffusing pigments you want a light texture and to go easy on application. Choose a buildable, weightless formula with integrated application tools so you don’t overload skin. The inbuilt dropper in Becca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is base savvy; it dispenses just the right amount so all you see is that coveted soft-focus glow (not an excess of product).

Super Sheer

Always opted for tinted moisturiser because you love a breathable texture? Gel-based foundations infused with sophisticated skincare are your best bet, just use sparingly. Opt for oil-free formulas that won’t clog skin and that harness the power of brightening antioxidants such as Vitamin C to reduce inflammation and irregular pigmentation. Natural actives will also help soothe congested, sensitive skin. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation is a luxurious oil-free gel that contains 60% charged water, aloe and camomile for a bare-but-better finish that keeps skin balanced, while Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation uses alpha lipoic acid to resurface skin and impart antioxidant protection.

Vitamin C Ester corrects skin undertones and optical diffusers counteract red, yellow and blue tones to look like you’ve got nothing on your quasi perfect skin.

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