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Ace your base: 4 flawless foundation looks

Smokey eyes and ombre lips aren’t the only makeup trends around. This season, skin is officially in, and there are plenty of ways to enhance it. Whether you’re all about a luminous glow, or honing a nearly-nude finish, we’ve got you covered with four easy tutorials that get your complexion looking flawless.                       

Fresh Faced

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This is the look you want for ditching that oily t-zone. It gets skin smooth and balanced with lightweight bases you can barely feel on your face. Really.  

Start with the Fix & Protect Primer, £6.99, which comes with an in-built pollution shield, so you’re protecting your pores, while prepping your skin for makeup.

Once that’s on, opt for a foundation that evens tone with a featherweight feel. Fresher Skin Foundation, £7.49, ticks both of those boxes thanks to its light-as-air liquid texture. Smooth it on with your fingers and, if you need any extra coverage, dot Hide the Blemish Concealer, £3.99, over spots to erase them instantly.  

Finally, top that fresh-faced look with a healthy, outdoorsy flush. We love Royal Blush in Majestic Pink, £5.49, for that ‘just been running and I still look flawless’ effect.

Instant Glow

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Getting a glow is easy when you’re smoothing on light-reflecting makeup, and a radiance-boosting base like Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99, will give you the look in seconds flat. It’s packed with illuminating pearls that help to blur away dullness, while the hydrating formula blends like a dream on even dehydrated skin.

Once you’ve got your foundation on, target dark circles with Wake Me Up Concealer, £5.49. It comes with a wand applicator, so you have plenty of control over where it goes. To disguise under-eye shadows, draw it on in a triangle shape, with the base sitting at your lash line and the point on your cheek. This ensures you brighten the whole eye area.

Then define and blush. The Kate Sculpting Palette, £6.99, holds all you need for on-point contouring: a shading powder, a pink blusher and a shimmering highlighter. Use the deepest shade in the low points of your face – beneath cheekbones, temples, jawline – then highlight and blush your way to a subtly sun-kissed face.

Natural Look

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Pin down that ‘I woke up like this’ face with second-skin makeup textures. Think seamless pigments and blendable bases that play up the natural beauty of your complexion. Start with an invisible-looking foundation, like Match Perfection Foundation, £7.99, which mimics the tone of your skin to give the impression that you’re not wearing any makeup.

Pair it with the Match Perfection Concealer, £5.99, a light-reflecting liquid in a tube, which has a brush on the end that allows you to sweep it over dull patches. Once you’ve used it to disguise dark circles in the most imperceptible way, move on to perking up your complexion with a touch of golden warmth.

Go for a matte bronzer for the most natural finish, like Natural Bronzer, £5.99, and use a big fluffy brush to apply it where the sun would naturally hit. By sticking to the top of your forehead, your cheekbones and along your jawline, no one will know you didn’t get that glow from basking on a beach.

Long Lasting

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Put your face on lockdown with long-lasting makeup, starting with the Lasting Finish Primer, £6.99. This lightweight lotion is transparent, and acts like an anchor for your foundation. Next, apply Lasting Finish Foundation, £7.99, for all-day flawlessness, and this genius base will hang around for up to 25 hours, while a comfort serum will keep pores feeling soft and supple.

The foundation offers high coverage, but if you want to double up on under-eyes and redness, dab on the Lasting Finish Concealer, £5.49. The creamy cover-up comes in a pot that you can tap your brush into, and works as well at disguising breakouts as it does at hiding all those big nights out.

Want more pore-perfecting tricks? Check out our guide to getting the dewiest skin.