This essence foundation is your go-to for glowing skin

This essence foundation is your go-to for glowing skin

Lightbulb moment

Text: Renée Batchelor

The new Lightbulb Essence foundation from Shu Uemura comes with skincare benefits, yet is more lightweight than ever

You know how Thomas Edison once said that genius was 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. Well we feel with great foundation, it's 50 per cent formulation and 50 per cent application. One of the common mistakes that many women make is not blending their foundation well and not blending it beyond their faces — foundation should continue down the neck and even on the décolletage if you're wearing a plunging neckline, for a truly, seamless look. Shu Uemura has several options for blending its new Lightbulb Essence which is described as an Essential Oil-in-Foundation. First up, each bottle comes with a unique Lightbulb sponge that has a rounded end to enhance glow on the cheeks, nose and forehead and a sharper end to blend foundation in the hard-to-reach corners of the nose, eyes and lips. If you prefer a more professional, streak-free application, there's the petal 55 foundation brush. Designed to make foundation aplication an easy, speedy process, this even has a sensorial effect thanks to the super soft bristles.The Lightbulb Essence Foundation

The new Essence formula is enhanced with skincare properties. It contains five botanical oils that gives the foundation a soothing aroma and smooth texture. Each oil also works on your complexion beyond the surface leve — rice nuka oil is a skin moisturiser, while ginger oil has a firming effect. Happily, it works pretty well on the surface level as well. The formula imbues skin with a lasting glow (it has medium coverage) while seamlessly adhering to the skin no matter your facial movements. So yes, you can wear it to the next horror movie you catch and still emerge looking flawless. Bonus points for the fact that it also offers ample protection against pollution and UV rays — the other real life horrors your skin faces.

$88. Available from September 2017 at Shu Uemura stores and counters