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In winter, our skin lacks that ‘glow’. It’s lacklustre, dull, parched, almost 2D-looking; quite simply, coverage falls flat. When it comes to foundation, the less you see, the better it looks. “I call it weekend skin and on the runway we call it ‘ready to wear skin – it’s dewy, radiant but not full coverage,’” says makeup artist, Elsa Morgan who is known for ‘creating’ some of the best skin in the business. “Concealer is for hiding imperfections, but with foundation you want a flawless veil of colour on the skin and you don’t want any heaviness.” And as for faking dewy, healthy skin, Morgan likes to customise.

“Mixing a drop of face oil into your foundation first will make it go further and leave your skin radiant.”
If just the thought of applying a classic, all-rounder oil (such as jojoba, rose hip, coconut et al.) to your face is already making you break-out, opt for the high-tech line up of refined and targeted treatment oils that soak into the skin much like a serum, sans greasy residue.

FaceOils

DARPHIN, Chamomile Aromatic Care, $80.
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DERMALOGICA, PHYTO REPLENISH OIL, $120. SHOP NOW
LA MER, The Renewal Oil, $320. SHOP NOW
AFRICAN BOTANICS, Pure Marula Oil, $176.SHOP NOW

Another Morgan move for minimising those telltale streaks or cake-iness, is to start in the middle. “Generally any skin issues such as shadows, redness, broken capillaries or open pores are going to be at the centre of the face, so always start there and work outwards,” she says. “The texture of the skin at the periphery of the face is usually quite good so by the time you get to your ears or your hairline your shouldn’t have any foundation at all.”

Clinique

Clinique, Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $50. SHOP NOW

LaMer

la Mer, THE SOFT FLUID LONG WEAR FOUNDATION SPF20, $200.
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Bourjois

BOURJOIS, City Radiance Foundation, $29. SHOP NOW

TomFord

TOM FORD, Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer and Foundation, $120. SHOP NOW

MarJacobs

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, $79.
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UrbanDecay

URBAN DECAY, All Nighter Liquid Foundation, $65. SHOP NOW

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