The Perfect Match

Michelle Williams always has glowing skin.

Michelle Williams always has glowing skin. Photo: Gregg DeGuire

Foundation, it’s the hero product in any makeup look but when applied incorrectly, it can leave the skin looking aged and dull. Whether you’re hitting up the office for a day of back-to-back meetings or planning a late night out, we’ve got you covered. 

Work wear

The situation: Harsh office lighting, such as down lights and fluorescent bulbs, have a knack for exaggerating skin imperfections such as blemishes and pigmentation and can drain the skin of colour.

The solution: A long-lasting, liquid foundation that you can apply with your hands. The skin-to-skin contact melts the product for easier blending, without it looking like you’re wearing a mask or the wrong shade. When it comes to multi-tasking formulas, our vote goes to Clinique Even Better Foundation SPF15, from $50 (30ml), It conceals discolourations, stays put for hours and contains the same kind of technology you’d expect to find in a treatment serum to help prevent future pigmentation.



Weekend Wear

The situation: The same way we put our 9-to-5 wardrobe on the back-burner over the weekend, it makes sense to overhaul your beauty routine with lightweight, easy to apply products for a change of pace.

The solution: Enter the BB Cream (Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm). Part skincare, part makeup, the convenient blend of light-reflecting pigments, sun protection and active ingredients work overtime to moisturise, conceal, treat and protect the skin with a bonus dewy-looking finish. Try: Bobbi Brown BB Cream, SPF 35, $60.

Night Works

The situation: Before you even think about applying your base, it’s important to consider the lighting. Soft, dim lights work wonders at downplaying imperfections so if you’re heading out for a romantic dinner, a sheer veil of liquid foundation is all it takes to boost a tired or dull complexion. On the flipside, for coverage that will outlast you on the dance-floor and stay looking fresh in photos, the key is to opt for a mix of matte and hydrating foundations that work together to keep the skin on the right side of shiny.

 The solution: For photo-friendly coverage, limit the dewy formulas to the cheeks and décolletage and stick with a mattifying foundation that you can concentrate along the t-zone to nix excess shine without causing the rest of your makeup to look flat. Unlike a messy loose powder, Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact, $55, is perfect for reapplying on the go and won’t hog vital space in your clutch.