Change the Base

Beauty’s editorial highway has been dominated by the benefits of high-performance,
ingredient-driven skincare – customised cleansers, powerhouse serums, potent actives,
everything you need, and everything you don’t. Educational content fuelled by the
expertise of in-the-know editors, skincare professionals (such as dermatologists), and
beauty influencers, has enlightened consumers about creating and maintaining a healthy,
radiant-looking complexion. The restoration of the skin barrier function and skin microbiome is no longer a mystery. The conversation has also expanded beyond topical skincare products to embrace nutraceuticals, (including bioactive collagen supplements), to promote healthy skin from the inside out. Our considered skincare arsenal is no longer restricted to the products we house in our treasured bathroom cabinets. The
investment – topical + ingestible products – from a research and dollar perspective is substantial. Skin is in! Summer beckons. It’s time to celebrate the realisation of our skincare goals and rethink coverage. Multi-benefit, tinted moisturisers (including BB and CC creams), infused with skin-loving ingredients and a modest amount of pigment, are designed to cover, correct, and blur imperfections with a lightweight, confidence-boosting veil. Teamed with a clever concealer tailored to your specific concerns, a naturally flawless, ‘barely-there’ makeup look is not only attainable, but it can be achieved in minutes. Discover the ‘tried and tested’ products, and noteworthy tips + tricks, as recommended by leading makeup artists.

Rae Morris

“With regards to creating a flawless, natural-looking base, I’m obsessed with It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ With SPF 50.”
Developed with dermatologists and plastic surgeons, this best-selling, cult skincare product provides anti-ageing,
colour-correcting, and substantial coverage benefits with SPF50 broad spectrum protection. Infused with antioxidants, hydrolysed collagen, peptides and vitamins, it’s clinically proven to increase hydration, and minimise the look of pores and wrinkles.

“Its ability to reduce the appearance of dark circles and camouflage redness is
unsurpassed. I’m also a fan of Nars Pure Tinted Moisturiser (available at MECCA), as it offers an impressive range of shades to match every undertone. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer showcases a caring, waterproof formula to provide buildable coverage that won’t crease or crack. I suggest applying the hydrating, creamy formula with my Jishaku #20 Concealer Brush – its super-soft, non-absorbent contoured bristles minimise product wastage, and maximise distribution for a seamless finish. This versatile brush can also be used to apply liquid or grease-based eye shadows for an alluring after-dark, wet runway-inspired look.” @raemorrismakeup @vivienscreative

Max May

“My go-to products to create sheer coverage are Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous \Tinted Serum, and Ciaté London Dewy Skin Glass Glow Skin Tint (both available at MECCA). The Rose Inc Tinted Serum is formulated with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid to visibly plump and smooth the appearance of fine lines. I love the microencapsulated tech – upon application the suspended pigmented beads burst onto the skin to blur imperfections with a weightless, long-wearing, radiance-boosting finish. Ciaté London’s Skin Tint is formulated with brightening Vitamin C + firming Hyaluronic Acid – the
balmy texture delivers semi-sheer coverage, with a sublime glass-inspired glow.

“I always prep skin with a moisturising product prior to makeup application – if your skin is combination/oily, I recommend applying a lightweight, hydrating serum or gel-cream prior to your tinted moisturiser. My favoured concealer is Armani Luminous Silk Lightweight Liquid Concealer infused with Glycerine to attract and retain moisture, and Caffeine + Vitamin E to reduce the appearance of dark circles. The silky formula provides light-to-medium coverage, blends seamlessly, and is ideal for brightening the
under-eye contour, and highlighting skin. @maxmade @dlm_au

Nicole Thompson

Dark circles present a common concern for many consumers – our pursuit for a brighter-looking eye contour is relentless. The darkness can be attributed to a range of
factors including anatomy, ageing, genetics, hyperpigmentation, fatigue, and poor lifestyle habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. “My eye contour makeup arsenal consists of both colour correctors and concealers. If your key goal is to diminish the look of dark circles, opt for a peach-inspired colour corrector to combat the unsightly bluish undertones,
follow with your preferred tinted facial moisturiser, and finish with a
concealer. Right now, my favourite corrector is Bobbi Brown Skin Corrector Stick – its creamy, humidity-resistant, buildable formula
blends on contact, camouflages darkness, and visibly brightens the
eye contour. Infused with Korean Salicornia Extract, this innovative
double-duty product also acts to boost skin hydration.

“MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer provides medium-to-full coverage with a never dry or cakey, matte finish. It’s a reliable, non-creasing, long-wear formula, and I love the delicate sponge-tip applicator that enables a targeted application. Be sure to choose a shade that matches, but also subtly brightens your skin tone. My priority concealer rule – ‘less is always more’ – the skin in the eye contour is fragile and suspectable to accumulated micro-movements. Gently tap the product into the skin, allow it settle, and layer
accordingly to achieve further coverage.” @pinkiiieee @dlm_au

Nikita’s last word

For sensitive, oily, blemish-prone skin, I recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant Tinted Anti-Acne Moisturiser. Available in two forgiving, unifying shades, this innovative formula contains exfoliating Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide to reduce irritation, Zinc PCA to regulate sebum production, and skin-identical Glycerine to moisturise. The fast-absorbing formula delivers sheer tinted coverage, and all-day hydration with a matte finish. I layer this over an efficacious Hyaluronic Acid serum (applied to damp skin), and complete my discreet camouflage routine with YSL Touche Éclat Illuminating Highlighter Pen (also available in a High Cover Concealer Pen format), in Shade 3 – Luminous Peach – to effectively minimise the look of dark circles in my under-eye area. The iconic, silky formula provides illuminating, light-to-medium coverage, and melts into the skin with a flawless, crease-free finish. Golden! Words of wisdom – if you’re using a tinted moisturiser that doesn’t integrate very high SPF broad spectrum protection, apply a dermatologist-approved SPF50+ sunscreen as the last step in your daytime (year-round) skincare routine, prior to your tinted moisturiser. It’s estimated that 90% of ageing results from harmful (cancer-causing) UV exposure. Save face, change the base, veil don’t smother, and get set to glow with a multi-benefit, ‘barely-there’, natural-looking makeup look. Love the skin you’re in! Here comes the sun.

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