Au­tumn ad­just­ments, says Sarah Ca­den, mean trad­ing in and ton­ing down your Cal­i­for­nia tan make-up base

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - THE PANEL -

Hav­ing cov­ered primers last week, we turn our at­ten­tion now to the main event. There’s no need to go all thick-pan­cake come au­tumn, but in our make-up, as in our clothes, we favour a lit­tle more cov­er­age as the weather turns cold. Again, though, it’s worth re­peat­ing that you don’t want to look thickly caked in the stuff. It’s not an in­su­lat­ing layer; it won’t help keep you warm.

It re­mains the case that Ir­ish women per­sist in wear­ing a shade of foun­da­tion that is darker than their nat­u­ral skin colour. In sum­mer, we can nearly get away with it; but in win­ter, it’s a holy show of tide-mark jaw­lines and white, un-made-up ears. Most Ir­ish peo­ple are pale, and even paler in win­ter, so we need to sea­son­ally ad­just to suit.

Please, we’re beg­ging you. The tan mask is not mak­ing you look more healthy or younger. In fact, if your face matched your neck, you might look less alarm­ing. Seek­ing out a shade of foun­da­tion that suits you will give you that even-toned com­plex­ion that is the very def­i­ni­tion of young-look­ing skin. Test out shades in store — on your face; it’s a dif­fer­ent colour to your hands — and don’t be shy of go­ing out­side to suss out its suit­abil­ity in day­light be­fore you buy.

BEST OVER­ALL Chanel Sublim­age Ul­ti­mate Ra­di­anceGen­er­at­ing Cream Foun­da­tion, €125, Chanel coun­ters na­tion­wide

The very feel of this foun­da­tion tells you im­me­di­ately that it’s aimed at older, dryer skin. The price tag prob­a­bly sug­gests the same. It’s a gor­geously creamy prod­uct with tan­gi­ble mois­tur­is­ing ben­e­fits, but it is not shiny or greasy on the skin. The in­cluded brush buffs it evenly over the face, leav­ing what could be de­scribed as a medium-cov­er­age veil of colour. It’s avail­able in 10 shades. “The brush is beau­ti­fully ef­fec­tive in mak­ing a small amount go a long way, for a very pretty fin­ish,” said one pan­el­list.

BEST TOP TUBE Bour­jois City Ra­di­ance Skin Pro­tect­ing Foun­da­tion SPF 30, €13.99, se­lected phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide

More than a few pan­el­lists, of vary­ing ages, tried out this foun­da­tion and came back with pos­i­tive com­ments. One devo­tee of a high-lux­ury prod­uct said it was re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to her favourite, while oth­ers loved the lightly glow­ing fin­ish. It’s a prod­uct that might re­quire more reg­u­lar re­touches than a more ex­pen­sive va­ri­ety, but it can’t be faulted on the smooth way it ap­plies. It’s avail­able in six shades. “I like the hand­bag-friendly tube, and I like the mod­er­ate amount of min­eral in­gre­di­ents that boost the much-needed ra­di­ance,” a pan­el­list said.

BEST STAY­ING POWER Ur­ban De­cay All Nighter Liq­uid Foun­da­tion, €34, Deben­hams; House of Fraser, Dun­drum Town Cen­tre, D16

The big boast of this foun­da­tion is that you can wear it all night. But they are keen to say that it will last all day, too, and that it’s not specif­i­cally a night­time, highly made-up option. How­ever, the high level of pig­ment — three times what they put in Naked Skin — does cre­ate a su­per-per­fect ef­fect. “This is one for the foun­da­tion fan who likes matt flaw­less­ness,” one pan­el­list said. “Let’s just say it could tempt me away from my [Es­tee Lauder] Dou­ble Wear.”

BEST PRETTY POT Rim­mel Fresher Skin SPF 15, €9.95, avail­able na­tion­wide

Rim­mel de­scribe this as a “bouncy” wa­ter-gel, and as bonkers as that sounds, it sort of makes sense. This foun­da­tion, which is avail­able in six shades, is mousse-like; light and fresh-feel­ing, with good cov­er­age that is nicely nat­u­ral-look­ing. It’s re­sis­tant to sweat and hu­mid­ity, and has good stay­ing power. It’s a nice option for oilier skin types, thanks to oil-ab­sorb­ing in­gre­di­ents. “This is a lovely lit­tle tub of stuff,” a pan­el­list said. “It’s great value, and I’d eas­ily take it for a dearer prod­uct.”

BEST POW­DER POWER Clar­ins Skin Illusion Loose Pow­der Foun­da­tion, €38, Clar­ins coun­ters na­tion­wide

Pink opal pow­der and pink al­gae ex­tract are key in­gre­di­ents in this pow­der foun­da­tion, but it is not pink in it­self. In­stead, th­ese in­gre­di­ents give glow and lend mois­ture to this finely milled and very sheer pow­der that brushes on eas­ily with the ap­pli­ca­tor that is neatly built in to the lid. It’s avail­able in eight shades. “My worry with pow­der foun­da­tions is that they’ll look dusty and set­tle into my lines and make them worse,” said a pan­el­list. “This was sur­pris­ingly light and fresh and easy to use.”

Pic­tured, from left, Chanel Sublim­age Ul­ti­mate Ra­di­ance-Gen­er­at­ing Cream Foun­da­tion; Bour­jois City Ra­di­ance Skin Pro­tect­ing Foun­da­tion SPF 30; Ur­ban De­cay All Nighter Liq­uid Foun­da­tion; Rim­mel Fresher Skin SPF 15; Clar­ins Skin Illusion Loose Pow­der Foun­da­tion

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