Makeup trends come and go, but one 'trend' always remains: having a radiant, glowing complexion. And while we all can't be born with actress Amanda Seyfried's flawless skin, the right base products and techniques can help you look as good as possible, in both pictures and IRL. Think of it as the ultimate optical illusion. Clé de Peau Beauté's latest addition to its arsenal of base care, the Radiant Cream Foundation, not only offers impeccable coverage, but has the same skin-nourishing ingredients as the brand's legendary La Crème.
1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRIMER
Primer is an important step, as it enhances both the finish and longevity of your foundation and can even correct your skin tone and smooth out the skin.
Pro tip: Choose the right formula for your skin concerns. If you want to improve the appearance of visible pores and an uneven skin tone, try the brand's best-selling Correcting Cream Veil. But if dullness and cakeiness caused by excess sebum are your main concern, the lightweight Sheer Fluid Veil will help your foundation's beautiful finish last for hours.
2. ACE YOUR APPLICATION
You can apply the Radiant Cream Foundation using either your fingers, a sponge or a brush, depending on your preference and availability of tools.
Pro tip: If you have pigmentation on the cheeks, it is advisable to select a shade in between your natural skin tone and the pigmentation — going too light will make marks obvious, while going too dark will make the skin look older and duller.
How to: Lack technique? Anyone can do foundation with their fingers. To minimise pores, apply foundation in a circular motion.
Result: Foundation adheres closely to the skin and glides over any unevenness.
How to: Start by folding the sponge diagonally, taking up a small amount of foundation and gently pressing over the center of the cheeks, then blend outwards towards the hair line.
Result: This is the quickest way to apply foundation so it's great when you're in a rush, though the finish is the lightest from the three methods.
How to: If you have a few more minutes to spare, Clé de Peau Beauté has a brilliant Fluid and Cream Foundation Brush. Start by applying five dots on your face and spread the foundation from your cheeks outwards. Hold the brush in a vertical position and glide left to right, and up and down to spread the foundation evenly. If you have extra areas of concern, use a dabbing motion with the brush to add coverage.
Result: Brushes offer the finest adherence to the skin and gives the complexion a more lustrous glow, compared to the other two methods.
3. WHEN TO CONCEAL
Concealer can be applied after cream foundations and before applying loose powder. The reason? You'll end up using less concealer compared to working from a bare face. Hands up if you've ever over-concealed because you thought you looked bad, and ended up with the reverse panda look!
Pro tip: Apply just a light dab of concealer and tap gently with your fingers rather than rubbing it in, so as not to 'erase' your existing foundation. Also, the heat from your fingers will help it blend into the foundation better.
4. POWDER UP
While it sounds like a very 90's makeup technique, it is important to set your makeup well with a good translucent powder. Clé de Peau Beauté's reformulated Translucent Loose Powder is so weightless and ultrafine, it literally feels like nothing on the skin, yet bathes it in a soft-focus glow better than any Instagram filter! A light dusting also keeps foundation in place, gives the complexion a refined and polished look and prevents the horror of oil slick face.
Pro tip: Less is more. When using a puff, do not pick up too much of the powder. Brush off any excess before patting lightly over the entire face, taking care to keep the applied foundation intact. Gently press over the T-zone where makeup tends to crease or run and if you want an even airier application and a dewier finish, opt for a brush instead.