BEAUTY THROWING SHADE
Think foundation is the worst type of F-word? Try this one
The perfect coverage for foundation-phobes.
UNLESS THEY’RE STARRING
on Rupaul’s Drag Race, no-one likes to actually admit to wearing foundation – it’s the Spanx of beauty products. But let’s be real, sometimes you need more coverage than a tinted moisturiser. Enter Benefit’s Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation. After three-and-a-half years of development, this sheer-tomedium-coverage base is all the things you want: blendable, lightweight, a bit dewy and available in 12 shades.
“We tested thousands of shades to find the perfect line-up,” says Benefit’s Annie Ford Danielson, who admits that the brand also spent a year on the packaging alone, studying hundreds of Pantone colours to guarantee the shade on the box matches that of the product, thus making colour-matching easier. Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, $49, benefitcosmetics.com
Our favourite tinted balms? Fresh has released a range of treatments using sugar and grapeseed oil to smooth and soften lips while offering a sheer dose of colour. Tatcha’s camellia oil-packed balm creates a rosy sheen with a hint of gold, and Caudalie uses aloe vera to repair, leaving behind a buildable tint (and a sweet scent).