Looking beautiful doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Here’s how to simplify your daily regime and look doubly fabulous. BY ANNIE TAN
Top Foundation Picks
These easy-blending babies will help you achieve perfect-looking skin in no time.
1 For a lasting, lustrous finish: Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Film Liquid UV, $70.
2 For a creamy finish on dry and fair skin: SK-II Artisan Brush Foundation (Moist), $119.
3 For the perfect natural finish: Urbay Decay Naked Skin One & Done, $50.
4 For medium coverage and soft luminosity: Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cream Foundation SPF 24, $180.
HOW TO FAKE PERFECT SKIN
Makeup artist Larry Yeo helps you pave the way to flawless-looking skin in four quick steps.
Step 1: Always prime your skin. After cleansing, use your hands to pat some toner on and then apply a serum followed by a moisturising sunscreen. If you have dry skin, you may want to use moisturiser on your cheeks prior to sunscreen.
Step 2: Starting from the centre of your face, apply foundation in outward motions. A liquid formula is usually easier to apply quickly than a powder one. It needs less blending and is unlikely to look patchy and mask-like. For best results, use a sculpting brush with broad sides, like the 13rushes Flat Top Sculpting brush, $19.80, to spread foundation.
Step 3: If you have dark circles, dot and blend a light-reflecting concealer on the inner and outer corners of the under-eye area. A lightweight formula with a warm undertone, like Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer, $50, neutralises greyness.
Step 4: To hide imperfections, warm up concealer on the back of your hand before using a synthetic brush or your fingers to dot it on blemishes, then blend lightly. Try a high-coverage one such as M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer, $36. Layer it on a bit at a time. Use too much and it’ll emphasise your flaws.
TIME-SAVING FOUNDATION TRICKS
10-Second Perfection. If you don’t have time to apply foundation with a brush, slather it on like a moisturiser. Larry says: “Simply pump some onto your palms, apply it directly on your skin, and even out patchy areas with your fingers. This method works best with sheer liquid foundations and tinted moisturisers that don’t require such precise application.”
Useful Shortcuts. A good moisturising sunscreen can double as a primer, so makeup glides on flawlessly. You can also skip loose powder if you’re in a hurry as most foundations and concealers today will set without a powder.