Kind people sometimes say to me, ‘You’ve got nice skin, it’s kind of glowy.’ Well much as I’d love to smile smugly and soak up the compliment, I’d feel a bit of a fraud. If my skin looks good it’s all down to layers of various moisturisers topped with a good make-up base.
One such base that I swear by is Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation. There are a couple of qualities that make this foundation special, as well as a lot of clever science behind the formulation. Firstly, the coverage is excellent; natural and light while hiding imperfections and evening out skin tone. Secondly, the formula contains 40 per cent Depsea water, which, translated, means the foundation seems to retain water instead of acting like a magnet for dry skin.
Once I’ve applied this foundation my whole face looks much brighter, more uniform in colour and I hardly need any concealer.
Shu Uemura is available at Harvey Nichols and Space NK, as well as individual boutique shops within London.
Whilst watching Gok Wan’s latest TV offering ‘Miss Naked Beauty’ a few weeks ago I found myself stunned by the contestants gorgeous skin. When I found out that they had B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Cream Foundation in their minimal make-up arsenal I knew I had to try it out.
Well, now I have and there’s one word which sums it up… ‘wow’.
The foundation is quite thick and very creamy when it comes out the pretty bottle (which looks great on my dressing table by the way) but when applied to the skin it feels very light and gentle.
This is probably the best foundation I have tried – and trust me I’ve been through a lot in an attempt to find my perfect formula. It offers fantastic coverage without being cakey and that’s what makes the cream foundation so wonderful – all my little flaws are hidden but the glow of my cheeks and my natural colouring still shines through.
When I wear this my complexion looks bright, healthy and clear. I can see this make-up marvel staying with me for a long time to come. I’m so impressed I’m even going to show you how it looks on me – now I’m not wearing any other make-up here, just the cream foundation in ‘Binky’, so be kind!
Yesterday I rediscovered a great foundation, hiding in my make-up drawer.
L’Oreal True Match is wonderful for people who struggle at getting their base make-up right as the shade adjusts to your skin town, making it easy to blend to a flawless finish. The coverage is exactly what I need; completely hiding uneven tone, redness and marks. I need a lot less concealer after using it, yet my complexion doesn’t feel or look overloaded with layers of makeup. My skin looks natural but perfect and, because the formula matches your skin tone it is the perfect seasonal transition foundation.
Yesterday, I was raving about Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Today, I’m raving about Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser!
I don’t much like foundation, it makes my skin feel a bit grimey and slick – I probably just haven’t found the right one for me yet, but I’m just not a fan. So, a tinted moisturiser is always a promising notion.
I’ve tried a few tinted moisturisers in my time but they’ve always been too hard to blend before they sink in, slipping all over the place or terribly unflattering shades. I must have heard a thousand good things about Laura Mercier’s option and I was desperate for it to live up to the hype.
Thankfully, it did.
Firstly, the forumula is SPF 20 which is a big plus. The colour, porcelain, matched my pale skin like it was made for me, combined with the easy to blend consistency this moisturiser is a winner. You’d hardly even know I was wearing make-up.
The light coverage can also be layered, so if you need a bit more help in certain areas you can build up the amount of coverage you need without too much hassle.
Combined with my Secret Camouflage, I have finally found my perfect base… Which is no mean feat!
Laura Mercier Tinted Foundation costs £32.00 and is available from Space NK stores nationwide and online.