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Foundation is one of the most important steps in your makeup routine because when your complexion looks flawless – smooth, fresh and luminous — everything else looks better too. You want it to look like you’re wearing nothing at all, yet most woman still need adequate coverage. I’m happy to report that Shiseido’s eagerly awaited makeup launch is here, and you’re going to love looking glowy.
Shiseido’s new Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF20 ($85) contains brightening ingredients plus the brand’s exclusive Skingenecell 1P, an amino acid derivative that decreases Serpin B3 (a protein found in damaged skin) for smoother, more hydrated skin. Its new light technology diffuses and reflects akin to a camera’s softening filter effect. What does this mean for you? Upon application, your fine lines and wrinkles, visible pores, uneven skin tone and slack skin will all but disappear.
Shiseido’s Future Solution LX Total Radiance Loose Powder ($60) is formulated with Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid to increase and maintain optimal moisture levels, which is particularly important this time of year. It is silky, smooth to the touch, creates translucent radiance, and gives a beautiful finish. You can wear it alone or together with the foundation to look more polished and have your makeup last all day.
5 TIPS TO FIX YOUR FOUNDATION:
- Shop for foundation with a clean face to get a true reading of what the shades actually look like on your skin.
- Don’t test foundation on the back of your hand — apply it to your jawline instead and check it in natural light. The right shade will blend seamlessly with no lines of demarcation.
- Apply moisturizer and give it 5 minutes to “sink in” before applying your foundation. Use a tissue to gently blot any excess product before applying your makeup.
- You don’t have to apply foundation everywhere, like a mask. For the freshest finish, start in the center of your face where there’s usually more redness around the nose area, and work your way out from there.
- A foundation brush will give you the most precise application. Simply stroke it on in sweeping motions and continue to blend into the skin until it vanishes. If you want a sheerer look, use a damp sponge. After wetting and squeezing out excess water, dip into the foundation and lightly press into skin in a blotting motion, until desired coverage is achieved.
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The Acne Solutions Powder Makeup ($31), which launched in September, is an oil-control foundation accompanied by a square-shaped applicator sponge that is chemically pretreated to avoid bacterial contamination. The purposes of this compact are several: acne and oil control portability, mattifying the skin, and providing buildable coverage that will eventually eliminate zits and even redness. It’s obviously easy to stash this in your purse for a quick touch up — anywhere — which is the primary reason why one should buy such a compact.
Of course, layering this with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($27) is the goal for a flawless coverage, but I’ve used this on a standalone basis to great results, as a foundation that is. It also comes in several shades for all skin types — Fair, Ivory, Neutral, Honey, Beige, Vanilla, Sand, Deep Neutral, Cream Caramel, Ginger, Golden, and Clove.
Although Clinique isn’t the first to have a powder foundation, only a few are acne-specific. The supply of acne-related compacts is still on the thin side, and I’m glad Clinique is filling this void, if anything, to show that acne control doesn’t have to be an at-home-looking-at-the-medicine-cabinet kind of ritual. You can do it at the airport, on the subway, and even in the movie theater if you want. I’ll definitely be stocking up.
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L’Occitane, one of my all-time favorite French beauty brands, just gave me many more reasons to love it. Besides the fact that they’ve always maintained a conscientious awareness of their environmental impact — they use natural and/or organic ingredients, use low emission transportation, and utilize eco-design and recycling — their already stellar existing lines welcome some new products into the mix.
Check out their new Fall 2014 launches:
Immortelle Precious Cream ($62) is an anti-aging godsend! It takes L’Occitane’s best-selling Precious Cream to the next level with anti-aging extracts and an even higher concentration of active molecules from the heart of the Immortelle flower to diminish wrinkles, boost firmness, even skin tone, and relieve puffiness.
Aromachologie Relaxing & Revitalizing Body Collection ($12 – $58) is the much needed solution to a long, exhausting work day. The Relaxing products will help you de-stress and wind-down, and the Revitalizing ones will invigorate and recharge your body and mind.
Divine Youth Oil ($96) is a light, silky, non-oily oil, formulated to boost moisture, firmness, and radiance. Use morning and evening to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin’s tone and texture.
Bonne Mere Collection ($7 – $42.50) has some new additions including the emblematic Marseille Cube Soap ($14), a Marseille Liquid Soap ($20), and stackable Shower Gels ($14) in five scrumptious scents — Peach, Honey, Lemon, Rosemary, and Olive. All are hypoallergenic and pH-neutral.