THE TRICK TO nailing the barefaced-beauty trend isn't cleaning out your medicine cabinet, it's stocking it with products designed to let your natural beauty shine through ... just a fresher, rosier, more radiant rendition of your natural beauty, that is.
All About that Base
If you don't roll out of bed with glowy, eventoned skin, try Tom Ford Beauty's Illuminating Protective Primer, which redresses roughness and dullness with an Infusing Complex that stimulates cellular repair while guarding against oxidative damage. Skin looks smoother and brighter, creating a more uniform canvas so you can get away with wearing less make-up.
Skin is In
Unlike traditional foundations that can darken as the day wears on, BB and CC creams are designed to breathe life into a blah complexion while lightly veiling skin in sheer, maybe-she's-born-with-it coverage. Giorgio Armani's Luminessence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer wakes up tired skin with a non-greasy tinted fluid that's imbued with light-reflective particles. Estée Lauder's Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Crème is best for sun-worshippers plagued by pigmented blotches and splotches. Amorepacific's Treatment Color Control Cushion Compact nourishes parched patches with a buildable formula that looks and feels like your own skin.
If you crave slightly more coverage but don't want to risk those dreaded lines of cakey demarcation, try Clé de Peau Beauté's Radiant Powder Foundation. Leaving behind a lustrous, luminous finish, this long-wearing formulation conceals imperfections without settling into fine lines or creases.
Hint of Tint
To add just the subtlest touch of colour without looking clownish, skip the heavy-duty lipstick, liner and blush routine in favour of a more lighthanded approach. To enhance the natural tint of your lips, try Lancôme's Shine Lover Comfort Balm in 212 Twisted Beige, which hydrates and conditions while coating your kisser in the sheerest kiss of colour.
Guerlain's Blanc de Perle Poudre de Soie highlights cheekbones while adding a faintly rosy sheen that's so much more effortless-looking than a concentrated pop of colour.
To enhance your eyes, swathe lids in the Christopher Kane for NARS' Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow available from May, which is a soft iridescent rose gold that complements virtually any skin tone and every eye colour. Eschew eyeliner and finish with a swipe of Laura Mercier's Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara just along the tips of lashes to add definition without risking the raccoon effect.
To keep what minimal make-up you do apply from slip-sliding away throughout the day, set your look with Diorskin Nude Air Powder. This feather-light formula is enriched with translucent mineral powders that act as invisible shields against dulling oxidation so skin looks fresh and flawless no matter what the Hong Kong climate has in store.