I am looking for foundation and powder that will blur skin imperfections, but not leave my face looking like it is sporting mask of makeup. A foundation needs to be hydrating with pore reducing benefits - I like foundation to feel like a skin serum but delivers a tint of colour to blend away fine lines and the uneven colour from dark spots. So in a new how to series I apply Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation SPF20, $70 with Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator the way I like to wear it for everyday.
Here's how to use it.
Step 1: To begin, press a moisturiser and sunscreen into skin, and then add two pumps of foundation to the back of your hand. Applying foundation from your hand, using a brush, helps warm the product and provides a seamless finish. It also stops you being heavy handed preventing a mask-like result.
Step 2: Start the application on the nose and blend outward from the centre of the face. The colour correcting, light-reflecting pigments help to bring luminosity to skin and give my complexion a fresh-looking glow. I hate the look of heavy makeup, I think it makes women look older, exaggerating fine lines, so I always finish by buffing skin with a clean fluffy brush to complete the application.
Step 3: To add a natural-looking contour, I buffed on the combination of honey, peach and caramel bronze of the highlighter. This helps define and sculpt the cheek area. Follow with a dusting of the other section, in lavender pink and white. This is a highlight that leaves a pearly glow just above the cheekbones where the sun would naturally hit skin.
Step 4: To make sure you don't have any lines where the illuminator starts and finishes, buff a combination of all seven shades over the middle section of the face to blend the foundation and highlighter together.
Top tips: The honey, peach and bronze shades contour cheeks and give your complexion a healthy-looking glow, they also double as an eyeshadow. While the white, yellow, lavender and pink shades brighten dull-looking skin. Used together you can buff all seven shades over the high points of the face to balance an uneven looking skin tone and knock back shine.
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