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It’s the second week of our Powder Beauty Awards (missed last week’s? Check out the Skincare Part I winners and Part II winners here) and this time we’re hailing our make-up heroes. We’ve rigorously tested hundreds of products to find the bronzers that get us the most compliments, right through to the foundations that send us into a frenzy.
1st place: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99
This foundation is just as good (if not better) than some of its more expensive rivals. It has a luminous formula, but it doesn’t get greasy on oily or combination skin types, yet it lovingly nourishes normal/dry complexions too.
The coverage can be built from sheer to full and delivers a glowing finish that revives knackered complexions and turns them into, as its name suggests, healthy looking skin. Not only does it give the appearance of perfect skin, it also helps to achieve it, as it’s infused with vitamins C, E and B3. All that for under £10? Bourjois, we salute you.
2nd place: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £40
Luminous silk by name, luminous silk by nature. This heavenly texture is lightweight and undetectable but offers flawless coverage – think your skin, but better.
3rd place: bareMinerals Original Foundation, £27
The clever particles in this foundation make skin look it’s bathed in light. It works on all skin types and a little goes a long, long way.
1st place: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24
Natural but high coverage? Check. Extensive shade range? Uh huh. Covers just about anything? You bet. We all know how great the Radiant Creamy Concealer is, and its sister is just as good.
It has a buttery matte (but not flat) finish that works just as well under the eyes as it does covering areas of redness or angry spots. It blurs away imperfections with a soft focus finish, but never looks cakey or drying thanks to hyaluronic acid which plumps and hydrates the skin. You won’t see this concealer creasing into lines or gathering into pores. Don’t leave home without this secret weapon.
2nd place: Erborian Touch Pen, £26
Believe the hype around this Korean beauty brand. This silky formula conceals dark circles, redness and even helps sculpt cheekbones. Light dances over skin.
3rd place: Clarins Instant Concealer, £22
Is there anything this concealer can’t cover? From stubborn dark circles to acne scarring, imperfections quiver in its presence.
1st place: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, £24.50
No glitter, no gleam, no BS. This matte bronzer is exactly that and delivers just the right amount of sunshine to your skin. Thanks to the cool-toned colour of this bronzer, it never looks orange and it also doubles up brilliantly to contour, chisel and sculpt cheekbones. The formula is very forgiving and finely milled to blend seamlessly over bare skin or foundation. The ‘Lite’ version is perfect if you’re fair too.
2nd place: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, £36
Not just a pretty pot (although it will certainly upgrade your make-up bag), this creamy bronzer melds with the skin to give a believable ‘South of France for two weeks’ kinda glow. It lasts for ages too.
3rd place: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, £35
Not the offspring of supermodels? You needn’t threat. This cool-toned powder convincingly transforms your features to model status; whether it’s defining features or slimming your jawline. Mr Aucoin has our backs.
1st place: Glossier Cloud Paint, £15
Glossier-mania has hit the UK shores and Cloud Paint is the standout product. There are four hues to choose from in these cream paint tube formulas, and they’re as dreamy and lightweight as the colours of clouds at sunset.
They’re super pigmented, so you only need a tiny amount to get a flush of colour. You’ll be pleased to hear that it sits just as nicely on bare skin as it does over foundation, and it wears well throughout the day. They blend beautifully and the colours might just be the best that have graced our cheeks. ‘Beam’ is our fave for a coral flush.
2nd place: Elizabeth Arden Gelato Cool Glow Blush, £28
With a gel-like texture, this blusher is so lightweight and natural it feigns a natural blush. Expect a luminous finish that gets you compliments.
3rd place: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, £32
With multi-dimensional colours and a luminous, lit from within glow, you can’t go wrong with Hourglasses Ambient Lighting Blushers. With a varied shade range, you’re bound to find your perfect match.
Stay tuned for Hair Part I later next week…
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