Mix up the tex­tures

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It’s dif­fi­cult to look pol­ished with­out makeup. Good yes, pol­ished no. But “nude” is still one of the most dif­fi­cult looks to per­fect, es­pe­cially if your cheeks are deathly pale and eye­lashes sparse. The key is not to be daunted.

START WITH SKIN. To keep the com­plex­ion healthy, you need sun­block, cleanser, some sort of ex­fo­liant and a mois­turiser loaded with an­tiox­i­dants. To dis­guise the bits that are less than per­fect, you need an arse­nal of skin per­fec­tors. Or a re­ally, re­ally good foun­da­tion. I con­tinue to be ob­sessed with M.A.C’s Next to Noth­ing Face Colour, $ 64, which looks and acts like a con­ven­tional foun­da­tion but is, in fact, quite dif­fer­ent, with a light, balm- like tex­ture that leaves your skin com­fort­able and glow­ing. An­other to tr y is L’Oreal Paris True Match Min­eral

Foun­da­tion ($ 35), a new prod­uct with skincare ben­e­fits and oil con­trol ( great for sum­mer) that doesn’t leave the skin feel­ing or look­ing dried- out.

FIRST BLUSH. Flaw­less skin needs some con­tour to stop it from look­ing flat, so don’t ne­glect blusher. But you might be sur­prised at how lit­tle you ac­tu­ally need. As the skin warms up, the blusher in­creases in in­ten­sity, which may ex­plain why what looked per­fectly good at home makes you look like a rag doll when you next check it.

SHADOW PLAY. Cream shad­ows and shim­mer­ing glosses in tawny shades of gold, peach and dusky pink add a monochro­matic glam­our to the face. Us­ing dif­fer­ent tones in the same colour im­parts an ex­pen­sive “lais­sez­faire” look syn­ony­mous with mod­ern French ac­tresses like Lea Sey­doux and Marion Cotil­lard – women with a lot of style and a lot of money. One pro­viso: mix­ing tex­tures such as gloss, cream and pow­der stops the look from

be­ing flat. Some of the most cov­etable shad­ows to cross my desk re­cently are those in Shi­seido’s new Paperlight Cream Eye Color col­lec­tion ($ 49). In­spired by washi pa­per, the eight shades can be lay­ered for a matte fin­ish or kept light and airy with just one smear. The soft greens and li­lac/ pinks are bet­ter than gor­geous.

GET LIPPY. A nat­u­ral look re­lies on well­con­di­tioned lips so a treat­ment such as Clinque’s new Pep-Start Pout Per­fect­ing Balm ($ 42) is es­sen­tial. Packed with shea but­ter, glyc­er­ine and linoleic acid to re­tain mois­ture, th­ese juicy tints ( guava, cherry and tan­ger­ine) are per­fect for de­liv­er­ing a sheer wash of colour and im­me­di­ate smooth­ing ben­e­fits. A clear untinted for­mula is also avail­able, and will go very well un­der a lip colour from the new L’Oreal Paris In­fal­li­ble Matte Nude Lip Paints ($ 24 each) range, all of which boast a beau­ti­ful, vel­vet matte fin­ish. Tracey Strange

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