Beauty Picks

All about that base: The latest makeup must-haves for a flawless complexion

We just want our makeup to look like our skin – without the redness, scars, under-eye circles and dark spots – and these base makeup essentials are just right for getting your complexion to look flawless all day long
 

Set a perfect base

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder, $61, and Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder, $68

Touch up your foundation with a pressed powder as “it keeps your makeup flawless-looking without adding significant product to your skin or messing up your foundation,” says makeup artist Larry Yeo. Available in various shades, these new powders are so fine and sheer, they disappear on skin and feel extremely smooth.

 

Keep skin moisturised

Foundations that help skin retain moisture make your complexion look flawless. But if you find that they tend to give you an oily sheen, then the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation ($68) could be your best bet. It creates a natural-looking, part-matte, part-radiant base with fine mineral pigments and soft radiance diffusers. In 11 shades.

 

For a radiant finish: Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups

The Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Stick Foundation ($130) hydrates with microscopic water particles. When you glide it over your face, the stick foundation softens into a liquid texture for easy blending. It feels weightless and creates a smooth surface for light to better reflect off.

 

Glow from within 

If you don’t like how regular foundations look and feel on you, but covet a complexion with a soft glow, try YSL Beauty Top Secrets CC Creme SPF35/PA+++ ($90). The feather-light formula blends to an ultra-smooth finish that makes it hard to tell skin from makeup. In three colour-correcting tones: Rose, Apricot, and Lavender.

 

Get moisture, coverage and SPF

Protect your skin against UV and infrared rays with SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion SPF30/PA+++ ($99). This lightweight face moisturiser and sunscreen evens out skin tone and strengthens the skin barrier with niacinamide, opuntia plant extract and Pitera.

 

This story was originally published in the April 2017 issue of Her World.

READ MORE: Our top makeup picks for keeping oily skin looking fabulous all day (and night) and Calling all sleeping beauties: Here’s how to wake up with better skin tomorrow

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