The Make-Up Basics We Need Now & Forever
When was the last time you took a look at your make-up basics? As summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to assess your current line-up. That said, 2021’s make-up basics are anything but basic, with modern formulas aplenty leaving you thinking “wow, this really works”. Foundation feeling a little heavy? Try switching to an innovative Japanese formula, which is renowned for being lightweight while providing great coverage. Lashes looking lacklustre? Gucci’s mascara has earned its cult status for a reason.
It’s worth remembering too that products have a shelf live – many of them, maximum a year. So while your pre-pandemic products may not smell “off”, they can harbour bacteria that can upset our skin. An eye infection from an eyeliner that’s been left a little too long? No, thank you. Here are the latest wonders of the beauty world for the simple, yet effective, beauty life.
Foundation technology is always evolving with new ways to target common woes such as the perfect shade match and ‘flawless’ finish. Some of the most advanced base-tech comes from Japan and Korea, with brands such as Clé de Peau Beauté and Shiseido offering full-coverage foundations with feather-light formulas. Similarly, Givenchy's latest base, the Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation puts skincare at the forefront, with a hydrating formula containing 97 per cent natural ingredients. It’s no replacement for skincare, but for those with skin troubles, it helps knowing your make-up is also doing good for your skin.
Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation$48
Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation$48
Clé de Peau Beauté
Radiant Fluid Foundation Matte$132
L'Essentiel High Perfection Foundation 24Hr Wear - SPF 15$53
Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation$58
Vital Skin Foundation Stick$75
Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation$49
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Think of a primer as both the last step of your skincare regime (post-SPF) and first step of make-up. Colour correcting primers – such as Cle de Peau Beauté’s – are a little like magic in unifying skin texture, cocooning skin and providing a hydrated, smooth base for make-up. You may even find you don’t need to follow with extra coverage.
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Fed up of concealer formulas settling in fine lines or sliding off before sunset? Try a serum concealer. Not only are they formulated with good-for-skin ingredients, the high-coverage, creamy finish that’s glowy but not oily makes it a firm favourite for all skin types. Bobbi Brown’s is brilliant under eyes and around the nose with its handy wand.
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Powders have come a long way in recent years. Take By Terry’s hyaluronic hydra powder, which hydrates at the same time as it zaps oil, sets make-up and blurs – just like an Instagram filter (sounds counterintuitive, works like a dream). The hyaluronic microspheres absorb moisture from the air to blur any lines or creases.
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For a colour lift, eyeshadow sticks are great tools. They can be used as a liner – drawn around the entire eye to make it ‘pop’, swept across the lid or mix’n’matched with different colours to create a dramatic eye look. The clue’s in the name: scribble straight onto lids and blend with a finger or brush.
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Gucci Beauty has become synonymous with multi-use make-up that stands on par with some of the best in the business. Mascara L’Obscur is no different – the curve-shaped wand and jet-black colour work with whatever your mascara mood. Use sparingly to lengthen and define or layer up for punk-style lashes.
The feeling of wearing a coloured lip – be it bright red or deep berry – and the power it has to lift our moods or imbue confidence should not be underestimated. In 2021, there are, of course, traditional lipstick bullets, but also shapes and formulas that adapt to modern life. There are balms that impart a wash of colour, lip oils to temporarily stain and double-use lipsticks whose angled edges also work as a liner.
The Lip Liquid Velvet$25
Liquid Lip Lion Cap$11
La Bouche Rouge
The Universal Reds Red Lipstick Set$142
Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain$23
Rouge Hermès Satin Lipstick$75
Bond No. 9
Dolce & Gabbana
Shinissimo High Shine Lip Lacquer$43
Blush & Bronze
The modern way to contour? Liquid formulas are your NBF – mousse-like blushers or those that come from a pipette or tube are typically responsible for the most natural-looking flushes as they’re easy to apply with a finger and blend.
And then there are the products that do it all. CHANEL’s Pallette Essentielle contains three colours to conceal, highlight and colour – the latter in an ultra-flattering shade for each palette’s skin tone match to use on both eyes and cheeks – and Kevyn Aucoin’s contour book is just as effective on cheeks as it is eyes.