The best foundation makes you look like you're not wearing any at all, but the secret to achieving that flawless effect is knowing your skin type and choosing a foundation to suit. For example, if you have dry skin, there's no point in wearing a pressed powder foundation because it will only accentuate the dry areas — big no-no! And what about oily-skinned beauties? Well, you're less prone to deep-set wrinkles in the future, but you probably have trouble getting your foundation to last all day right now. We've hand-picked the perfect foundation for five common skin types (yes sensitive, you included!), so click through to meet your perfect match.
Alphabet creams continue world domination with the newest double letter on the block, DD. It stands for a few things — just like BB and CC, it's open for personal or brand interpretation — but daily defense, dymanic do-all and dermatologically defining are three that have been floating around. Do you need one? Well that all depends on what you're trying to address.
BB cream is still your go-to for a primer-based tint, CC for reducing redness, pigmentation and anti-ageing; and DD for all of the above. The anti-ageing factor is even higher than CC so if you're trying to reduce those sneaky fine lines, you'll love it. We plucked out our favourite BB creams and gave you CC options on every budget, but now there's so many more alphabet creams on shelves you need to know about. Here's the best of the rest.
"One of the best cheat products I have found for the body is a tinted moisturiser called Prtty Peaushun ($58). It is shimmery, which gives the illusion of contour; you can see muscle definition. It is great for legs too, and leaves skin looking really hydrated. I wore it on my stomach when I was filming Iron Man 3," she said.
Created by celebrity makeup artist Bethany Karlyn, other celebrity fans include Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba. Prtty Peaushun is 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and is available online through Flora Organica.
With less than eight weeks until Christmas, now is the last time you can buy for yourself without feeling guilty. Hey, it's true. We've of course got some very amazing new-on-shelf beauty products to tempt you — all worthy of their place in our top 10. BB creams are still hot right now, and there's a budget offering on the market that we think you'll love, as well as some tasty morsels from Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura, Kristen Stewart's highly anticipated Balenciaga fragrance (smells sharp!) and those neon polishes we've been reapplying at rapid speeds. Come on beauties, let's shop.
Foundation is one of our hardest-working cosmetics as we expect so much from it. It's not enough to simply even out skin tone and cover any flaws or blemishes, we now expect it to have all the benefits of our skincare with SPF to boot! These foundations and tinted moisturisers certainly tick all of the boxes, but which one shall be crowned best of the best? Have your voice heard by voting between Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup SPF 15 which helps to prevent and repair against UV damage as well as imparting a fresh and dewy finish, cK One Color 3-in-1 Face Makeup SPF 8, this weightless formula acts as a serum, primer and foundation giving a natural-looking finish, Napoleon Perdis Off Duty Tinted Moisturizer, a hydrating subtle hint of colour that's great for daytime, Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Smoothing Firming Foundation which claims to restore 10 years worth of luminosity and offer 12 hours worth of lifting action, Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup which provides natural-looking coverage that's light and breathable, Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup which, with its whipped texture, blends easily and feels light on the skin and Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2-in-1 Foundation and Serum which uses soft-focus technology to diffuse light and minimise fine lines.
When it comes to beauty products, it's safe to say the enormous variety available can be a little overwhelming. What works for your best friend might not work for you, and vice versa. But the real key to good beauty buying is all in the basics. These are the products you can turn to everyday, and know that they're not just going to look good, but feel good, too. We've singled out five basics that we think every woman should own: a good hairbrush, red lipstick, mascara, tinted moisturiser (with SPF) and a quality body cream. Click through to see our top five, cult beauty buys.
As the weather warms up, our desire to put hundreds of products on our face definitely wanes. It's fair to say that the sun makes us a little lazy but that doesn't mean we're willing to skip the coverage, sun protection or golden glow — instead we just look for a product that gives us all three. And that's where these five products come in. Tinted to camouflage and conceal, they add radiance, boost hydration levels and, most importantly, protect from harmful UV rays. So whatever your budget, snap one up!
The Sugar Spotlight crew are back better than ever, this time bringing you their amazing written and video reviews of Aveeno's Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($22.99). In the spotlight today is Michelle, who completed an informative written review giving us her thoughts on the product. Check out what Michelle and the rest of the review team had to say!
"I really enjoyed using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I found it the perfect product to use on the weekend, especially as I wear heavy makeup during the week to work. It was easy to apply and I didn't find that I had any streaky marks over my face, as I have an extremely fair skin tone. My favourite part about this product was that it absorbed into my skin well and remained in place for the duration of the day, and it's subtle light-reflecting particles gave my an extra glow. I wish that it had an SPF factor of 30, but I will still continue to use it. I would definitely recommend this product to my friends." — Michelle
The Sugar Spotlight crew are back better than ever, this time bringing you their amazing written and video reviews of Aveeno's Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($22.99). In the spotlight today is Rachel, who completed an informative written review giving us her thoughts on the product. Check out what Rachel and co. had to say!
"I have really dry skin, so when I got sent the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, I was interested to see how my skin would react to it, and whether it would clump around the dry patches like the other tinted moisturisers I have tried in the past. Fortunately, this product was the perfect match for me. I have olive skin, so I found that when I mixed both the light and medium variations, I got a good colour. I also liked the light-reflecting particles, as they gave me an extra glow. I still applied a little blush after using it, but this is definitely my weekend makeup, especially when I don't want to have to apply a full face of makeup. I would definitely buy this again." — Rachel
The Sugar Spotlight crew are back better than ever, this time bringing you their amazing written and video reviews of Aveeno's Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($22.99). In the spotlight today is Valerie, who completed a thorough written review giving us her thoughts on the product. Check out what Valerie and the rest of the reviewers had to say!
"The texture of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser was nice and soft, and I found it quite easy to blend out. It has a faint floral scent, which I didn't mind as I don't have a particularly sensitive nose, so I was ok with it. I liked the tint — I used the medium colour which I thought would be too light but when blended out it fit quite well with my skin. I also found that there were light-reflecting particles that definitely gave me a subtle but still radiant glow. I didn't find that the colour deepened on my skin, but that could also be due to the heat interstate! I also only ever use tinted moisturisers and foundations with SPF, so that was definitely a plus in my book. The new-look packaging is great, it has a more luxe, up-market feel to it which I think will help when marketing the brand. The only change I would make is that I did find the product a little bit oily on my skin, but that could be from the way my skin is (combination). Otherwise, I like the product and I will certainly look at other Aveeno products now!" — Valerie