Finding The Perfect Foundation


No beauty routine is complete without the perfect foundation. And, thankfully, today there’s a fancy new innovative formulation out there to suit all skin types, all skin shades and all makeup lovers. Whether it’s serious coverage you’re after, a formulation that stays put around the clock or a lightweight foundation that simply enhances your natural skin, there is no shortage of options that get the job done.

Feeling stuck? Try our beauty rules for choosing and using foundation:

  • Work out your skin type: chat to a beauty consultant if unsure. Foundations tend to include skincare benefits, too, so opt for something that aligns with your skin concerns.
  • Find your perfect shade: swipe foundation along your jawline. Pick the shade that seems to disappear into your skin. Always test foundation in natural light and invest in a new shade each season.
  • More is less: not many of us need to apply foundation to the entire face. Study your face and only apply to the areas that need it.
  • Preparation is key: cleanse, apply serum and moisturiser, and if you really want to ensure your foundation lasts the distance, use a primer, too.

Here are three of our must-try favourite foundations right now. Long-time favourite Lancôme Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation ($73) gets a makeover this year with an updated formula and luxurious new packaging. Lighter and more hydrating than ever before, new Teint Miracle ensures your complexion is naturally flawless.The right skincare and lifestyle choices ensure radiant skin at all times, but a glow-enhancing foundation can make all the difference; keep L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow ($37.99) close by. The promise of a long-lasting foundation tends to mean full coverage that can weigh skin down and mask your natural complexion. However, Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation ($86) is as light as feather and glides on to hide imperfections while letting your natural complexion glow. 

The Perfect Skincare Ritual


Consider yourself serious about skincare? Then you need all the bells and whistles. While we don’t all have the time – or the budget – for a Korean-inspired 15-step routine, some steps are non-negotiable where healthy, radiant skin is concerned. Not all moisturisers are created equal, and as for whether you can just use a moisturiser instead of an eye cream or a serum, it’s important to realise that each step in well-thought-out beauty plays a unique role.

Clockwise (from top left): The cleanser: Shiseido Waso Quick Gentle Cleanser ($50); The eye cream: Estée Lauder DayWear Eye Cooling Anti-Oxidant Moisture GelCreme ($135); The serum: Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control Concentrate ($170); The primer: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($110); The youth-restoring cream: Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Creme ($190); The serious hydrator: Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($75).