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SK-II Color Clear Beauty Care & Control Cream, $88.

There are various causes for skin discoloration like dullness, sallowness or redness.

Dr Yanni Xu, physician at The DRX Clinic, says that lacklustre or yellowish skin can be caused by environmental factors like constant sun exposure or lifestyle habits like smoking.

Failure to exfoliate regularly can also cause your complexion to look “muddy” as dead skin cells pile up and prevent light from bouncing off your skin. If your face always looks red or blotchy, it could also be a sign of a skin condition known as rosacea, which can be diagnosed by a dermatologist.

But if all you need is a quick fix for uneven or patchy skin tone, try the new SK-II Color Clear Beauty Care & Control Cream makeup base, which has pink, orange and green pigments. Why these colours? Apparently, the colours work in unison to correct skin discoloration by brightening the complexion and evening out skin tone.

This is the Japanese brand’s first makeup base and it is available in just one universal shade. The lightweight cream looks white fresh out of the tube, but spreads into a clear finish and leaves a barely noticeable sheen on skin. The formula helped to even out skin tone and helped foundation glide on more smoothly.

The bonus: You supposedly get skincare benefits with continuous use, thanks to the linseed extract and yeast-derived pitera in the formula. The former protects skin from pollution and UV rays, while the latter reportedly has hydrating, brightening and anti-ageing benefits.

This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine April 2014.

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