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Fresh faced vs. sculpted: how to wear the best base trends

It’s all about that base this season. While eye and lipstick trends are still going strong, it’s time to turn your attention to the way you enhance your skin. There are two looks you need to know about – the fresh face and the sculpted face – and both of them are about to get you perfect for autumn, stat.  

Read on for our guide to getting the looks. Then experiment with the two for your most on trend complexion yet. If you want to share your favourite look, make sure to tag@BootsUKand@RimmelLondonUKwith #FaceOff and either #FreshFaced or #Sculpted to be in with a chance to win a great prize. Check outBoots.comto find out more...

Fresh Faced

how to wear the best base trends

Think of the way your skin looks when you’ve just got back from holiday – all glowy, dewy, fresh and rested with a hint of sun-kissed warmth. That’s what the fresher face is, and you can easily nail it with the right products. All you need is the balancing act ofFresher Skin Foundation, £7.49, andRoyal Blush, £4.49.

Start by applying Fresher Skin Foundation from the centre of your face, and blend it outwards using a makeup sponge, a buffing brush or your fingers. The sheer coverage will even tone and dial down redness in the most natural-looking way, while mineral powders will absorb oil for a finish that’s smooth, yet ultra-glowy and breathable.

Next, grab the creamy Royal Blush, which acts liked a tinted balm for cheeks. You can dab it on with fingers and blend for a soft, outdoorsy flush. Choose from the pinky glow of the Majestic Pink shade, the peachy hue of Peach Jewel, or the warmer tone of Coral Queen. They flatter everyone.

Finish with a swipe of nude on the lips, thanks to Kate 15 Lasting Finish Lipstick in My Nude, £6.49, then brush up your brows with Brow This Way Gel, £3.99, for the finishing, fresh-faced touch.


how to wear the best base trends

Get your cheekbones looking major with some on-point contouring. Makeup artists love this look, because it plays up your features with clever light and shading. To hone it, you need a sculpting powder, a blusher and a highlighter – and theKate Sculpting Palette, £6.99, holds all three of those in one insanely handy kit.

Prep skin first with the Match Perfection Foundation, £7.99, which gets skin extra flawless. It offers medium coverage that’s buildable, so you can add a little more where you need it. Best of all, its pore-blurring action makes a great canvas for a contoured look, as it gives you that photo-filter finish that’s all over your Insta feed.

Once you’ve got your base down, grab the Kate Sculpting Palette and start shading. Use the darkest powder and an angled brush to work below your cheekbones, on the centre of your chin, down the sides of your nose, and gently along your jaw and hairline. 

Top off with an equally dramatic eye using Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara, £6.99, which loads your lashes with intense volume from corner to corner. Then, etch a little Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner, £3.99, along the lash line, and gently smudge to get a sooty, sultry effect that really sets off that sculpting.

Want to know if you’re more of a fresh faced fan or a sculpting queen? Click here for our quiz