How’s your skin lately?
Whether you’re battling mask-ne breakouts (chin spots caused by wearing a mask for prolonged periods) or dry patches courtesy of the freezing-to-mild temperature changes outside, chances are the ‘new normal’ is having an impact on your complexion.
Of course, the lack of social interaction means there’s precious little point in applying a full beat of make-up these days, but a dab of foundation and a sweep of blush can make you feel a little more alive during the long days at home.
And if there are some added benefits to putting on a happy face, all the better.
Here are three new smart formulas to try now:
This water-light formula is a revelation if you’re looking to switch from full coverage foundation to something a little more natural. The effect is instant – pores are minimised and skin looks rested and radiant – but there’s more; the formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E and B5 and hepes acid so it works to refine the skin underneath while you’re wearing it.
We gave this a three-week trial and it does what it promises; expect a glowy complexion all day and smoother, clearer bare skin when you remove it.
2. COVERAGE THAT GOES THE DISTANCE
Clarins Everlasting Foundation (€35) and Everlasting Concealer (€26): Clarins.ie
Designed to resist life’s daily challenges, Clarins new Everlasting Foundation and Everlasting Concealer simply do not budge, no matter how many times you switch masks during the day.
It’s all down to a “hold” polymer made with organic oat sugars known for their ability to increase the adherence of colour pigments on the skin. Impressively, Clarins have combined 24-hour hydrating wear, full coverage and a natural-looking matte finish with a host of skincare benefits. For instance, sweep on the concealer in the morning to blur those dark circles instantly and the formula, which features escin from horse chestnut, will continue to act on microcirculation all day. Result.
3. A €12 FIND THAT WON’T BUDGE
Rimmel London Lasting Matte Foundation: €11.99 in pharmacies
This mousse-to-powder formula offers lightweight matte coverage that doesn’t feel cakey. Best suited to oily and combination skin, it contains Triple Balance powder technology that absorbs up to twice its weight in oil to leave a smooth, velvet finish that lasts for up to 12 hours.
Use a foundation brush to apply it and this is a bargain buy that will cover redness and balance the complexion like nobody’s business.