<b>1.</b> Ultra HD Skin Booster, $61, Make Up For Ever
<b>2.</b> Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme SPF 50/ PA++++ and Brightening Balm in Awakening Glow, $92, Estée Lauder
<b>3.</b> Le Blanc Whitening Compact Foundation, $100, Chanel
<b>4.</b> Météorites Happy Glow Pearls of Powder, $115, Guerlain
<b>5.</b> 7 Lights Powder Illuminator, $76, Shiseido
<b>6.</b> Petal Skin Fluid Foundation, $68, Shu Uemura
As the late Shu Uemura used to say, “Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin.” But skincare takes time—usually an average of four weeks, or one skin cycle—to produce results. For those seeking instant results, these colour-correcting and skin-fixing products will smooth and brighten your complexion in the blink of an eye. For starters, Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Skin Booster (1) takes a skincare-like approach and plumps skin surface to boost luminosity. A favourite among makeup artists, simply mix a few drops into your foundation or primer to transform a tired and parched complexion to one that’s radiant and enviable.
Those looking for a fuss-free fix can try Estée Lauder’s two-in-one Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme SPF 50/PA++++ and Brightening Balm in Awakening Glow (2) as the last step in their daytime skincare routine. The BB Creme evens out skin discolouration and masks imperfections while skincare ingredients work to reduce the appearance of pigmentation. For an added sheen, pat on the Brightening Balm to highlight where needed. For fuller coverage, Shu Uemura’s Petal Skin Fluid Foundation (6) helps you create the perfect canvas and allows skin’s natural glow to show through, thanks to its blend of ultra-fine mineral pigments and soft radiance diffusers. Or try Chanel’s Le Blanc Whitening Compact Foundation (3) for weather- proof perfection so your skin looks flawless in the sweltering heat or freezing cold.
Finally, as the last step, dust a colour-correcting powder like Shiseido’s 7 Lights Powder Illuminator (5) all over to counter any discolouration. As its name suggests, it is made up of seven sheer, coloured powders to enhance skin’s reflection of light for unparalleled radiance. If you’re more concerned with sallowness, sweep on Guerlain’s Météorites Happy Glow Pearls of Powder (4), which contains pink, peach and lavender pearls to brighten your complexion in a soft-matte finish.