The red lipstick. The dark winged eyeliner. There’s no doubt the high impact products in your cosmetic case hog all the limelight. But here’s the rub: Near-invisible predatory and setting makeup products are the ones doing all the hard yards. Clever prep and setting products balance the skin so you don’t have to be heavy-handed with visible makeup.
When was the last time someone said, “That’s a nice primer you’re wearing.”? Never? The thing about primer is, it’s virtually undetectable on the skin. So why bother? Let’s take the analogy of painting a wall. To get the best finish, there are things you should do before applying that final coat – and the same goes for your makeup. Starting your routine with a primer allows your foundation to smooth easily over skin, and also helps the rest of your makeup to last longer. Within the primer spectrum are a range of options – from colour correcting, hydration, oil control to smoothing out pores.
Those who have oily skin would love the Boscia Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer, $57 (40 ml), which contains white charcoal to soak up excess sebum. Enhance skin’s natural glow with the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, $52 (30 ml); it also corrects skin imperfections. Spritz on the Urban Decay Rebound Collagen-infused Prep Priming Spray, $50 (118 ml), to instantly refresh skin and help it look more plump.
#2 Correcting Concealer
At first glance, a green concealer looks like it’s something out of a witch’s vanity table. However, on application it disappears evenly into skin, while correcting any redness in the process.
To understand how coloured concealers work, you’ll need to hark back to colour theory you learnt in school. Green counteracts redness, which occurs due to broken capillaries, rosacea or pimples. Lilac neutralises dull, yellowish skin while peach can correct blueness often seen around the under-eye area. For an invisible finish, warm up a tiny bit between your fingertips and dab it on the affected area, until the product disappears.
Use the LANEIGE Two Tone Correcting Bar in 04 Mint Lemon, $38, to neutralise redness and inflammation so skin appears more even and luminous. The signature Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer in Almond, $105, melts onto skin to mask imperfections without feeling cakey. A little goes a long way when it comes to the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer, $49. Cover up pimples, under-eye circles and redness with this lightweight concealer.
By now, most of us know our ABCs when it comes to BB and CC creams. Falling under the tinted moisturiser umbrella, these lightweight creams are applied like regular moisturiser and offer an almost undetectable layer of coverage as well as a plethora of other skin benefits – the topmost on the list being hydration.Within the category is a variety of formulations – everything from anti-ageing to sun protecting or even packing ultra-nourishing ingredients. No matter what BB, CC or DD route you take, the hallmark is a sheer and barely visible finish perfect for use during the weekend.
The classic It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 40, $62 (32 ml), now comes in an oil-free version which leaves a matte finish – perfect for those with oily skin. Need a touch of coverage and don’t want to feel like you’re wearing makeup? The Pixi H2O SkinTint in No 2 Nude, $36 (35 ml), lends skin a luminous, watery glow. The Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin Tinted Gel Cream, $56 (30 ml), feels practically weightless on skin while giving it a natural, radiant appearance.
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Setting Powders and Sprays
Fast forward to the final stage of your makeup routine and setting products will perform some more invisible makeup mastery. A translucent setting powder is an oldie but a goodie, keeping foundation in place. The technology has also vastly improved, with finely-milled powders that are virtually untraceable on skin, leaving only a velvety-looking finish that looks like real skin.
A fixing spray is the final imperceptible step in your makeup routine. Available in both matte and dewy finish, simply spritz over skin to hold makeup in place. If you need to refresh it in the day, try re-misting to give your skin a surge of hydration.
#4 SETTING SPRAYS
Containing cucumber extracts which hydrate and soothe skin, the Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist, $40 (120 ml), holds makeup in place for up to 24 hours. The Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray, $49 (100 ml), is an all-in-one facial mist that can be used to prime and set makeup. Dispensing as an ultra-fine mist, the Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Top Secrets Makeup Setting Spray, $65 (100 ml), seals in makeup and ensures that it stays on all day.
A print version of this article can be found in the April 2019 issue of The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
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