By Jemma Walker
We’re all aware that whether we’re fair, tanned or dark, finding a foundation to blend seamlessly with our skin tone isn’t the easiest of feats – especially during the Middle Eastern summers. With matte, oil-based, yellow and pink undertones, sometimes achieving natural, glowing skin can seem near impossible.
We’re here to let you know that the key isn’t in the foundation; it’s in the primer, highlighter and accompanying bronzer. Trust us, it’s so simple, so easy and so achievable. In order to help all of the MOJEH women lusting after natural beauty, we’ve gathered the seven products you won’t be able to resist adding to your make-up collection.
Start by introducing a lightweight primer with a smooth, silky application into your beauty routine for optimum blending, and a look that survives Dubai’s rising humidity. We recommend Gucci’s Silk Priming Serum. The formula quickly absorbs into the skin, continuously hydrating, making sure that even on bare-faced beach days your skin looks effortlessly bright and clear – essentially it’s a conditioner for your face. Followed by a light-diffusing foundation, even a shade that isn’t your exact match (let’s be honest who’s really ‘beige rose’?) can be reworked into a look that says: ‘I woke up like this’. The Ellis Faas’ Skin Veil uses minerals to infuse skin with vitamin E, while the SPF15 keeps skin young, healthy and blemish-free. If you have oily skin and suit powder coverage, try the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation from Hourglass – yes it’s liquid powder. Filling creases and covering uneven areas, this clever formula smoothly glides over skin as a liquid, yet rids your complexion of unwanted shine as a powder.
Many have tried to conquer the concealer and beat the blush, but the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat and NARS Orgasm Blush are cult products that emerge victorious every time. Bestsellers all over the world, these multi-purpose must-haves help professionals and novices alike achieve beautiful skin, so it’s no wonder they made our list.
Next – contouring. We all know we should be doing it to enhance our features and highlight our cheekbones, but many shy away from the Kardashian-inspired look. It’s time to face your fears and give your cheekbones a new lease of life with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones palette, helping you to build up shade, so you can be as subtle or as bold as you dare. Finish with a little Tom Ford Illuminating Powder for a subtle glimmer that brightens and seals your look so it lasts as long as your day. As we said, it’s so simple, so easy, so achievable. So why not indulge yourself this spring and leave everyone asking, ‘what’s her secret?’