How to look good naked

On your face, that is. A (nearly) naked complexion is trending at the moment, and we review the latest makeup launches that can help you bare it better.

M.A.C Next To Nothing
M.A.C Next To Nothing
04 Jul 2017

M.A.C Next To Nothing

The latest foundation collection launch from M.A.C had us hooked just going by its very promising name. ‘Next To Nothing’ is exactly the effect that we hope to get from our natural-finish makeup, both in the feel and look. The Next To Nothing Face Colour is an unusual texture for a foundation – its balmy, silky texture feels more like a tinted primer than a foundation, and requires some skillful stippling with the recommended fan brush to settle nicely onto the skin without balling. Its extremely sheer coverage means that you should either have pretty good skin already, or be prepared to load on the concealer onto blemishes. But when topped up with the airy Next To Nothing Pressed Powder, our skin looked like we’d put an Instagram filter on it – but in real life.

M.A.C Next To Nothing Face Colour, $58
M.A.C Next To Nothing Pressed Powder, $46

Shu Uemura Petal Fluid Foundation
Shu Uemura Petal Fluid Foundation
04 Jul 2017

Shu Uemura Petal Fluid Foundation

Quite a few liquid foundations promise medium coverage and poreless perfection with a barely-there finish, but few deliver it like Shu Uemura’s latest foundation does. The mineral-fine pigments boast a high affinity with skin, while the soft radiance diffusers and signature Depsea water keeps skin hydrated and dewy. Combination and normal skin types will love the soft-matte effect, although those with oilier skin might need a finishing powder on top to keep the shine at bay. The Petal 55 Foundation Brush (sold separately) is recommended for a smoother, streak-free finish, but we found that a good foundation brush worked just as well.

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation, $68
Shu Uemura Petal 55 Foundation Brush, $80

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
04 Jul 2017

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

Trust Chanel to up the ante on cushion foundations. Chic compact aside, the new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation is a makeup marvel. Boasting a refreshingly cool aqua-gel texture that melts imperceptibly into the skin, it actually also contains a special Healthy Glow Booster Complex that manipulates natural light to make your skin appear rosier and more radiant. The formula is also 56 per cent water, which is combined with a hyaluronic acid derivative and kalanchoe extract to keep skin moisturised and perfectly protected from free radicals. The Retractable Foundation Brush delivers a more sophisticated finish so that you can even wear this to the office. Consider us addicted.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25/PA+++, $88
Chanel Retractable Foundation Brush, $80

Nars x Charlotte Gainsborough Hydrating Glow Tint
Nars x Charlotte Gainsborough Hydrating Glow Tint
04 Jul 2017

Nars x Charlotte Gainsborough Hydrating Glow Tint

This lightweight gel-crème with a slight, sheer tint is made for casual weekends and people blessed with good skin (like Mademoiselle Gainsborough herself) but who just need a little bit of evening out and added radiance to their complexion. The coverage is slightly buildable, and the soft mousse-like texture means that it doesn’t cake even with two layers on. You’ll need to use a concealer on blemishes, pigmentation and dark circles, but the flattering, glowy effect it lends to dull skin is worth the extra effort.

Nars x Charlotte Gainsborough Hydrating Glow Tint, $55
    

Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Seaside
Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Seaside
04 Jul 2017

Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Seaside

This bronzing powder can be swept over the skin as an ultra-sheer base, as its pigments are coated in Translucent Spherical Powders that works with your skin to enhance its natural colour. Plus, its soft-blurring technology creates a sexy, sunkissed glow to the skin. Pick a shade that’s the closest to the colour of the skin on the neck area, and use a large powder brush on well-hydrated skin to make sure it stays on without caking.

Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Seaside, $65

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder
04 Jul 2017

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown’s newest bronzing powders from its latest summer collection are more like gorgeously glowy blushers than bronzers. The three new shades – Maui, Antigua and Santa Barbara – are all gold-inflected shades of pink and peach for an ultra-flattering flush on the cheeks that made us look like we’ve just been hitting the yoga mat. Layer it onto skin with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact lightly applied onto the skin for the kind of dewy, I-just-woke-up-like-this complexion of your dreams. The ultra-hydrating gel-crème is non-oily and refreshingly cool to the touch. Plus, it also contains soothing botanicals to calm reddened, over-heated skin.

Bobbi Brown limited-edition Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua, Maui and Santa Barbara, price unavailable
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF50/PA+++, $75 

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