Three Ways to Apply Flawless Foundation

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How to apply the perfect base

Three of Australia’s most beautiful faces show exactly how to get the best out of your base.

Rozalia Russian is next-level natural

This golden style features a natural, dewy complexion and sculpted cheeks. The key? Laying the right foundation. Rozalia shows us how (pictured top). 

Step 1
An illuminated style starts with well-hydrated skin. A rich, antioxidant-packed serum like Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum will leave skin soft and silky, without that slippery feeling.

Step 2
Want your foundation to last all day? Then primer is essential. Gently press the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer into skin using fingertips to create the perfect canvas for your base. 

Step 3
A sheer and fresh base like Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation is perfect for women who like their skin to look natural, but with added glow. Apply with a soft make-up tool such as Natio Complexion Perfection Foundation Sponge which intensifes coverage while still letting freckles shine through.

Step 4
Brighten up dark circles and hide any blemishes with a hard-working concealer that’s both creamy and long-wearing like La Mer The Concealer.  

Step 5
Define cheeks with a contour combo palette. The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Limited Edition palette combines a rich cream bronzer with a bright, reflective highlighter to sculpt under the cheekbones and add light-bouncing shine, too.

Step 6
Curling lashes immediately makes eyes look bigger and brighter. With the Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler, you’ll look wide awake in seconds.

Step 7
The final step is to set your expertly applied make-up – and a little more glow can’t hurt. The MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ in Goldlite not only fixes your foundation in place, but leaves a fine mist of gold particles over skin.

Laura Henshaw has a rose-gold glow

You’ve got to love a classic. With a satin-finish foundation topped with a bronzed cheeks and rosy lips, this is effortless beauty at its best. Laura reveals what you need to do to get this radiant look.

How to apply the perfect base

Step 1
Give your skin a dose of vitamins with a nourishing serum like Endota Organics Radiance Boost Serum. Massage it into skin while you’re still in a steamy bathroom so it sinks in fast.

Step 2
A mousse primer will smooth over imperfections so foundation sits beautifully and lasts longer. The Shu Uemura UV Under Base Poreraser Mousse includes SPF 35+ and hides pores too.

Step 3
The stage has been set – it’s time to let your foundation steal the spotlight. The ultra-silky Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup comes with its own applicator so you can apply it on-the-go, and the just-right medium coverage can easily take you from day to night. Skin looks lit from within and radiant. 

Step 4
Adding a matte powder formula like Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation to oilier areas of the skin will take your base from natural to refined. Target your T-zone and you won’t have to worry for the rest of the day.

Step 5
A lightweight concealer like the iconic YSL Touche Éclat will brighten any sallow spots and the light-reflecting particles in the formula make it especially handy for under eyes.

Step 6
Ideal for adding definition as well as highlighting, the trio of shades in the Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio Bronzing Contouring Palette are as flattering as they are easy to use. Brush over the tops of cheeks and all the way around the hairline for that sun-kissed faux glow.  

Step 7
Choose a mascara that builds with every coat like Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara. For a subtle look opt for one coat or for power lashes, go for two.

Step 8
A multi-tasking mist like Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3-in-1 Setting Spray can sit under or over make-up. Lightly mist over your entire finished face to keep it looking fresh from 9 til 5. 

Jessica Gomes looks Friday night flawless

If you want to glow all night long, go all-out with a full-coverage foundation that will anchor the rest of this modern beauty look. Jessica Gomes takes us through the steps.

 How to apply the perfect base

Step 1
Massage in a moisturising serum like Equal Beauty Super Serum after cleansing. You’ll not only create a silky base for make-up, but also stimulate circulation for a healthy glow.

Step 2
A primer with skincare benefits, gently smooth Sisley Instant Éclat primer over your skin and leave for a few seconds to set before applying your foundation. 

Step 3
Choose a luxurious base with full coverage for the most flawless finish ever. Dior’s Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation will create a beautifully even complexion and boasts 24-hour hold. The silky texture glides on as you work the sponge over skin for a natural-matte finish. 

Step 4
To make eyes pop, press concealer all the way into the inner corner, smoothing out dark circles. Try Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer for a crease-free finish.

Step 5
Adding a classic bronzer over your cheeks and nose creates that gorgeous sun-kissed glow. Tom Ford’s Bronzing Powder leaves just the right amount of pigment for a healthy hue.

Step 6
A hint of shimmer over your contouring shade takes make-up from 1D to 3D. A flush of Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in Rose Glow adds sexiness to a classic make-up style.

Step 7
A long-wear formula like Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara will take you from day to night and still look fresh. The brush will separate and extend lashes without leaving any smudges as the hours tick on.

Step 8
Make Up For Ever Artist Lip Blush ultra-creamy lip crayon in Rosy Coral is so easy to apply, you can do it in the back of a cab on the way to drinks. Slick it on, press lips together then add another coat for more intense colour.

Step 9
Lastly, the quickest press of a sheer setting powder like La Prairie Cellular Treatment Loose Powder in Translucent 2 over oily zones will hold make-up in place, dull unflattering shine and create a polished finish.

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