A Christmas Compact For Every Style

These highlighter compacts are pretty – both on your skin and on your dresser.

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These highlighter compacts are pretty – both on your skin and on your dresser. For punk-rock chic: Nars High Voltage Highlighting Palette ($75, far left), with its studs and distorted logo (because, rock). Inside are three intense highlighters for a beaming glow.

For something timeless and feminine: Chantecaille Moonlit Perle Glow Powder ($200, left), made for the holidays and the brand’s 20th anniversary. Each compact is individually hand-encrusted with "pearls", so no two are the same. The highlighter melts into the skin for a soft, glow-from-within sheen.

For those who love the bright, bold and beautiful: By Terry Trio Compact Gem Glow ($95, top left) is wrapped in a technicolor jewel print. The luminous glow is inspired by how light reflects off precious stones . – CT
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The Two Must-haves for Skin Are…

… serum and sunscreen. You already double-cleanse, tone and moisturise. But for great skin, serum and sunscreen are non-negotiable.

Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum ($79.90) is for parched skin. It’s lightweight, but delivers an intense shot of moisture and helps to soothe and calm while imparting a healthy-looking sheen.

For oily complexions, Avene Cleanance Skin Refining Serum ($59.90) helps to control sebum production, and firms skin so pores seem smaller. The watery serum has a soft matte finish.

Avene Very High Protection SPF50+ Fluid ($49.90) sunscreen feels weightless n feels weiei ightless as it is quickly absorbed. Its soft-matte finish isn’t sticky or greasy, has no white cast and is water- resistant. Suitable for all skin types. – CT

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The Cushion Foundation That Is Both Skincare and Makeup

What it is: Su:m37’s Secret Essence Cushion is a cushion foundation infused with the Korean brand’s best-selling Secret Essence, an antioxidant serum that protects and intensely hydrates skin. The serum transforms the foundation into skincare, delivering hydration all day. Over time, the brand says, you’ll see an improvement in skin quality, as well as more radiance and suppleness.

Verdict: “The foundation sets to a soft matte finish with a hint of radiance. I didn’t feel its hydrating effect immediately, but I could tell it was keeping my skin moisturised. My complexion looked supple for more than 12 hours. I didn’t have to set it with powder, and it didn’t crease, flake or settle into fine lines. I also didn’t have to rehydrate my skin throughout the day with mists – which I usually can’t live without. Another plus: The sponge didn’t absorb much product, so just a little went a long, long way. Two taps covered my entire face. The cushion foundation costs $77 and is available in two shades.” – CT