Beauty expert Jo Glanville-Blackburn rounds up some of the best tips on how foundation can help you look young.
Learn to prime
Be clever with concealer: Okay, so no one wants an extra step in their make-up regime, but smoothing on a primer is definitely worth it! These lightweight gel creams, applied all over your skin after moisturising, can help to fill pores, absorb shine and perfect the surface of the skin, so that you need less of anything you put on top. Our favourites are:
– Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, R340;
– YSL Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush, R555; and
– MAC Prep + Prime Skin, R225.
Start right: The right concealer – peach or yellow-toned, such as Benefit Lemon Aid concealer, R255 – will neutralise dark under-eye circles. Press into place with a brush; never rub on or it will come straight off.
Find the right blend for you
Take time: Always take your time when choosing a new foundation. Match the shade to the skin on your jawline, where the right one should disappear. For texture, think of your skin type: drier skin suits a cream or mousse formula applied over the T-zone (mineral foundations and powders are drying, so use sparingly); oilier skin suits long-lasting oil-free formulas and speedy compact foundations for touch-ups.
Keep it light: Your make-up base should always make your skin look and feel like velvet. The trick is to prepare your skin well, so that you can apply less foundation to cover any blemishes and minimise pores. We’ve just tried the new Estée Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral foundation, R345, and we love it. It blends effortlessly, evens out the skin without covering it up, and adds a youthful gleam that mature skin needs to look fresh.
Layer up: Foundation shouldn’t cover up completely,” says MAC’s Gordon Espinet. “Apply base in light layers using a MAC 190 Foundation Brush, R325, just where you need it.”