Quick, sheer foundations you can apply with your fingers 

Want a quick skin pick-me-up you can apply with your fingers?

With the advent of working from home and more casual social get-togethers when we do meet up with friends, demand has boomed for makeup that’s easy and low-key, and crucially, takes only a few seconds to apply.

Beauty brands have well and truly come to the (non-existent, COVID-compliant) party with sheer foundations and tinted moisturisers that can be applied in the five minutes warning you often get that a Zoom call is imminent, or your friend is popping by.

That or the fact you’d rather get outside and enjoy the fresh air on a weekend morning than labour over a finely-tuned makeup routine. 

Fresh, radiant skin looks more modern anyway, and these new foundation alternatives deliver in a big way. They each give a touch of coverage that can be smoothed on evenly with fingers, a sponge or a brush, many have beneficial skincare ingredients that improve the condition of your skin while you’re wearing them and one even has crucial SPF included, key whether you’re spending time outdoors or even working inside. 

Huda Beauty GloWish Multi Dew Skin Tint, $64

If you are a fan of GLOW all of your wishes will have come true when you try Huda’s new skin tint! Loaded with Damascus Rose Oil, Red Bell Pepper Extract and Plant-Derived Squalane there’s plenty to nourish and hydrate your skin but it’s the shimmer-free, yet intensely dewy finish that has us hooked. It works well mixed in to a more full coverage option too.


MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation, $64

Long a favourite of makeup artists for its multitasking, suits-everyone real-skin finish, MAC’s original lightweight Face & Body Foundation has recently been renamed and extended in shade range. Easy to work with, sheer, buildable and with a naturally radiant (not shimmery) finish that complements, rather than completely camouflages skin.


Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, $81

This new arrival is an exceptionally high-performing all-rounder that gives a fresh, modern finish, enough coverage to even-out redness and imperfections and has skincare wonder ingredient Niacinamide to smooth skin’s texture, as well as hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and squalane to lock in that hydration. All that, and it also has a respectable dose of SPF to protect skin from UV damage and premature aging.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation , $52 

Light coverage that skims over pores for a beautiful, even result that’s sweat and transfer-resistant. It you do want a bit more coverage it can be built up slightly in the areas that need it.

Dior Forever Natural Nude Lightweight Foundation, $109

When you want skin to look great but not like you’re wearing a mask, this is an exceptional performer that’s luminous and natural looking. With a high concentration of water, it leaves skin looking fresh and plump but still lasts well throughout the day. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Oil-Free,$80

Known for its iconic and hugely popular tinted moisturiser that’s easy and comfortable to wear with a super natural-looking finish, Laura Mercier has just released an oil-free version with an extended shade line up. It’s now easier to match your skin colour to this hydrating wonder.

How to Make Your Own Lip Scrub at Home

A lip scrub will help keep your lips smooth and hydrated. Here’s how to make one at home.

The change in seasons can often wreak havoc on our skin and our lips are no exception. As autumn and winter arrive and the air humidity drops and we crank our air conditioning and indoor heating, our skin – and our lips in particular – can become a little dehydrated.

While a great lip balm will help, adding a lip scrub to your routine will help you slough away dry skin leaving lips smooth and kissable.

Although various beauty brands make lip scrubs, they’re incredibly easy to make a home. Kourtney Kardashian is a self-confessed DIY lip scrub aficionado and has shared her go-to recipe on her own website POOSH and with Vogue.

Creating Kourtney’s must-have lip scrub is easy and only takes a few pantry staples. Just mix equal parts honey, coconut oil – best at room temperature – and organic raw sugar.  “I just keep these products in my bathroom so that I can make them anytime,” Kourtney told Vogue. 

To make an all-natural DIY lip scrub you need:

  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of raw sugar

Combine all the ingredients together and your lip scrub is good to go. If you prefer a lighter scrub, you can experiment with the amount of sugar you use. You can store the scrub for up to two weeks in an air-tight container.

To use, take a small amount on your ring finger and gently massage across your bottom lip and then the top. with the residue press and rub your lips together. As it’s all natural, don’t worry if some gets in your mouth, but you can wipe the sugar residue away with a soft muslin or face cloth if you prefer.

Not keen to DIY? Here are three of the best options available to purchase:

MAC Lip Scrubtious, $36; Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Smoothing Sugar Scrub, $60; Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub, $16

Still have continually dry lips? Give the lipstick a miss and try one of these Top Eight Tinted Lip Balms instead.