Applying foundation can help when you need to look pristine. But thicker layers of make-up isn't ideal for your skin if you wear it day-in, day-out. There are other ways to brighten and freshen up your complexion, so you can minimise the make-up and still look radiant.
Invest in your skincare regime Any skin expert will tell you about the importance of your skincare regime. Using the right products for your skin type and routinely cleansing, toning and moisturising are the basis for glowing skin. The first step is finding out what your true skin type is. Then you can get hold of the best products for you. Healthy, cared-for, nourished skin will always require less make-up to look great.
Perfect with primers
If you want your make-up to last longer, a good primer is a must-have. Used after your moisturiser, they'll smooth out your complexion as well as giving your foundation or BB cream staying power. A top tip is to use a brush, like a foundation brush to smooth it onto your face. Depending on your skin and budget, you can find lovely products like W7's Porefection Face Primer, to Dermalogica's lush Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer.
Get a great BB cream Using a BB cream instead of a foundation may seem like a bold move for foundation lovers. But, there are so many great products out there, you're sure to find the perfect one for you. There's a big reason why the beauty world has fallen in love with BB creams. These multi-tasking products do everything from moisturising, to protecting against UV rays, adding a layer of foundation and priming. For best results, using a moisturiser and a primer before your BB cream will make it go on smoother and last all day. Try Yves Rocher BB Cream SPF for starters, or Garnier's best-selling Skin Naturals BB Cream Miracle Skin.
Clever dabs of concealer A good concealer is the ultimate secret weapon. Depending on whether you need to even out parts of your complexion, brighten tired eyes, or hide blemishes, there's the perfect concealer for the job. Apply right after your BB cream to tidy up those last imperfections. Popular products include W7's Go Concealer Pot, CK Mousse Concealer, and Maybelline's Better Skin Concealer.