laura mercier global makeup artist benjamin ruiz

Benjamin Ruiz, Laura Mercier’s Global Makeup Artist, whose pet makeup peeve is seeing women with foundation that looks too thick, believes that everyone should choose makeup that enhances their natural beauty.

With a few tips from this expert you can easily enhance your natural beauty with a natural and flawless finish that doesn’t take too much time to create. We learnt from Benjamin that with some practice, you can achieve the “Laura Mercier flawless face” in less than five minutes with just four steps. Here’s how:













Get makeup ready in under 5 minutes with Laura Mercier
1. Foundation Primer (Oil-Free), $52; 2. Tinted Moisturiser SPF20, $68; 3. Secret Camouflage, $46; 4. Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $56.

Prime the skin in 30 seconds

“Every woman should own Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Oil-Free) because it gives your makeup longevity and that’s so important, especially with Singapore’s high humidity levels”, says Benjamin.

Primers help create an even skin surface so your skin texture appears smoother. It also ensures that makeup stays fresher and lasts longer throughout the day.

Apply tinted moisturiser in one minute
Using your fingers or a sponge, apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser with SPF20 for sheer coverage. It’s fuss-free, evens out your skin tone and even keeps your skin hydrated.

Conceal in one-and-a-half minutes
Take time to hide blemishes, discolouration and dark-eye circles with a concealer. Laura Mercier has a selection of concealers, most of which you can custom-blend to match your skin tone. To conceal dark-eye circles, try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage.

Set your makeup with powder in 30 seconds
Extend the wear of your makeup by setting your makeup with powder. Using the right powder will also give your makeup a natural, velvety finish. It’s important to use the right tools and Benjamin recommends applying powder with a puff using a “press and roll” action.

If you have five more minutes to spare, add some colour to your look with these Laura Mercier goodies:


Get makeup ready in under 5 minutes with Laura Mercier
1. Eye Basics, $39; 2. Caviar Stick Eye Colour, $39; 3.  Faux Lash Mascara, $40; 4. Crème Smooth Lip Colour, $38; 5.Crème Cheek Colour, $39.


Prime the eyelids in less than 30 seconds
Applying an eye primer, such as Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics helps camouflage any eye imperfections and enhances the durability of your eye makeup.

Give your eyes colour in a minute
Save time with Laura Mercier’s new Caviar Stick Eye Colour that can be used as eyeliner or eyeshadow. These Caviar Stick Eye Colours are Benjamin’s current favourite because “they last all day long and can create any look from soft to bold.”
Great for enhancing a smokey eye look, simply swipe some colour on your lids with a Carviar Stick Eye Colour and blend with a ponytail brush.

Define your eyes in a minute
Open up your peepers and give your eyes more definition by first curling your lashes before swiping on two coats of Laura Mercier’s Faux Lash Mascara.

Paint your pout in 30 seconds
Give your lips some colour with Laura Mercier’s new Crème Smooth Lip Colour. Smooth in texture and nourishing to the lips, you’ll be able to envelop your lips in rich colour in just one swipe.

Give your cheeks a rosy hue in less than 30 seconds
Harmonise your entire makeup look by swiping on some blusher on the apples of your cheeks. Try Laura Mercier’s Crème Cheek Colour for long-lasting and natural cheek colour.
Laura Mercier skincare and cosmetics are available from Tangs Beauty, Tangs Orchard and all Sephora Singapore outlets.