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The Best Make-up to Make Your Complexion Glow

A change in the season can unfortunately, leave once-radiant skin lacklustre and dehydrated. While a thorough skincare routine – packed with nourishing hydrating ingredients – is crucial to keeping skin luminous all-year-round, next-generation foundation formulations and highlighters can help get skin glowing in no time below. We’ve rounded up the best newcomers to the beauty world that will help you get glowing right now.

The Best Foundations for Glowing Skin

The arrival of a new season is the ideal time to rethink your go-to foundation and Guerlain L’Essential Natural Glow Foundation ($102) has been created with 97 per cent natural-origin ingredients to provide skin with radiance for up to 16 hours. Skincare and make-up go hand in hand so Giorgio Armani has combined the best of both worlds with My Armani To Go Tone Up Cushion ($116). Packed with youth-restoring ingredients and anti-pollution protection, this clever little compact does much more than providing skin with a bright and dewy glow. YSL Touche Éclat goes full-coverage with new High Cover Radiant Concealer Pen ($69). It glides on just like the iconic original to create a natural-looking so make sure you pop it in your handbag for on-the-go touch-up.

The Best Highlighters for Glowing Skin

Summer has been and gone but that doesn’t mean your radiant, sun-kissed complexion has to disappear with it. All-in-one NARS Mosaic Glow Blush ($72 from Mecca) features a blush, bronzer and highlighter to get skin glowing in no time at all. Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer in Pink Glow infuses skin with a subtle hint of iridescent pink. Not only will Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer ($129) give your skin a tropical-island-getaway glow, nourishing ingredients including cocoa seed and mango seed nurture skin at the same time.

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Discover the best bronzers to give you sun-kissed skin no matter what season it is.

The Luxurious La Prairie Foundation Collection That Will Change Your Skin

In pursuit of complexion perfection, La Prairie has combined the best of science and make-up artistry to create an offering like no other. We discover the innovation behind the latest additions to the luxurious La Prairie Skin Caviar Complexion Collection.

With a plethora of formulations to choose from, finding the dream foundation can certainly be tricky. A flawless complexion might be the goal for many when investing in a new foundation – however, today we expect much more than a formula that works by simply covering up any imperfections. Instead, we now want formulas that work to enhance the overall health of our skin.

It is this very notion that drives La Prairie’s ever-evolving complexion category. “The complexion category is a bridge between skincare science and make-up artistry,” explains Greg Prodromides, chief marketing officer of La Prairie. Rather than just viewing make-up as a way to hide imperfections to achieve that flawless, even skin tone, Prodromides believes that complexion products such as foundation, concealer and powder should improve skin over time and optimise the benefits of the skincare ritual.

Two exciting new additions to La Prairie’s Complexion Collection, Skin Caviar Loose Powder and Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15, bring this philosophy to life. “These new products are more than just complexion products – they are a sublime blend between La Prairie’s unique caviar science and colour artistry,” says Prodromides. The Newcomers La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15 and Skin Caviar Loose Powder join their Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation – which is often touted as the holy grail of the foundation world – and glow-enhancing Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation, launched last year.

“We decided to extend our Skin Caviar Complexion Collection in order to offer the luxury of choice – not only in terms of skincare and coverage, but also in terms of texture,” Prodromides says. He explains that the Skin Caviar Loose Powder meets the demand for a feather-like powder that makes sure everything stays in place right around the clock. “It’s the final step to set make-up for a flawless finish and long-lasting coverage,” he explains. “It illuminates the complexion and sets make-up for an all-day youthful, natural, shine-free finish.” Some days call for a dewy, radiant finish, while others call for a more matte approach.

So while Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation is perfect for boosting luminosity, the second new addition to the range, Skin Caviar Powder Foundation, has been created for those who prefer a matte finish. “Skin Caviar Powder Foundation is more than a mere make-up product: it is the first powder foundation infused with Caviar Extract for complexion perfection,” Prodromides says. “It offers a smooth, even and homogenous medium coverage, which is buildable. It blends smoothly onto the skin with a very natural matte yet luminous look – giving a smooth and creamy feel to the skin, without any dryness,” says Dr Jacqueline Hill, La Prairie’s director: strategic innovation and science.

The Matte Formulas of the Future

Matte foundation formulas can often weigh down the skin, but Hill explains that the formulation has been expertly crafted to ensure a natural yet perfected complexion. “La Prairie’s art of formulation is about selecting the perfect blend of textures, advanced pigments and active ingredients,” she says. “Thanks to the careful selection of specific oils – including a shea butter derivative – and advanced finely-blended pigments, we created a formula with an easy-to-apply smooth and creamy texture that can be easily distributed and offers long-term coverage.” Once applied, Hill explains that the foundation gives skin a refined look. “Fine lines and wrinkles, redness and pores appear minimised,” she says. Likewise, Skin Caviar Loose Powder is also infused with all the skin-health-enhancing benefits of La Prairie’s renowned Caviar Extract. “It illuminates the complexion and sets make-up for an all-day youthful, natural and shine-free finish,” says Prodromides. To ensure you use the perfect amount of powder, the sleek packaging features a state-of-the-art closing system that prevents powder from coming out of the sieve.

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Balancing the Best of Both Worlds
While both formulations offer the immediacy of a flawless complexion through make-up artistry and unique innovation, Hill explains that the La Prairie team selected ingredients that provided both short- and long-term benefits for users. “We included a blend of amino-acid treated pigments and soft-focus powder to conceal imperfections and even skin tone with a natural look –while offering a hydrating effect,” she says. The formulations also include moisturising hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain water on its surface; shea butter; and La Prairie’s exclusive Cellular Complex.

But it’s the iconic Caviar Extract that’s at the heart of the Complexion Collection. And it’s easy to understand why, given the caviar’s firming benefits. “We introduced caviar into Skin Caviar Powder Foundation and Skin Caviar Loose Powder in view of our desire to enhance the treatment benefits of the products and extend the benefits of caviar into the make-up part of the routine,” says Hill. “The two innovations are hybrid products, offering both complexion and skincare benefits in one. Our Caviar Extract has been shown to support the skin cells’ production of collagen and ceramides – which are known to improve the skin’s resilience and its barrier function.” 

The First Step to Complexion Perfection

Even cutting-edge make-up that uses game-changing skincare technology needs a helping hand – and starting with a prepped, healthy canvas is the best place to start. “There is no perfect skin or perfect complexion without perfect cleansing,” explains Dr Jacqueline Hill, La Prairie’s director: strategic innovation and science. “A perfectly clean skin allows for a smoother and more even application of make-up, as well as a longer-lasting result.” Hill says to avoid damaging the skin’s natural barrier or creating unwanted irritation, gentle cleansing is essential. “It is important to cleanse the face gently every day and remove make-up thoroughly in order to avoid the appearance of imperfections such as blackheads, which can occur due to occlusion.”

La Prairie has recently released two new cleansing creations – the Supreme Balm Cleanser and Crystal Micellar Water – to cater to different skin needs and lifestyles. “The Supreme Balm Cleanser offers an indulgent nightly ritual to help shed the day’s stress, remove make-up and leave skin perfectly clean, whilst the Crystal Micellar Water allows a total cleansing in a single gesture, so there is no need to compromise on a perfect cleansing due to a lack of time,” says Hill.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Powder Foundation SPF15 ($315) and Skin Caviar Loose Powder ($315) are available now from Smith & Caughey’s