• challenge is to adopt the right techniques. Luckily, there are myriad great new formulations out there to help you get it right.

    Step 1: Moisturize

    Ensuring your skin is in its best possible condition before applying your makeup will prevent it from caking. It is all about creating a hydrated and plump canvas, so a good moisturizer is essential. Try Chantecaille Magnolia, Jasmine And Lily Healing Emulsion, which not only hydrates the skin, but its white-lily bulb also reduces redness, brightening complexions.

    Step 2: Prime

    Enlarged or clogged pores can immediately undo all your good work. Using your fingertips, apply Shiseido Pore Smoothing Corrector over your nose, chin and the tops of cheeks after moisturizing, thus instantly blurring any imperfections with its silky, oil-absorbing powders. Then pat a little Tom Ford Illuminating Protective Primer over the highpoints of your face (cheekbones, temples, and brow

    bones), which tricks the light into flattering facial dimensions. It also keeps makeup in place all day.

    Step 3: cover

    It's time to add color and even out tone. A virtually undetectable finish is the desired effect, so opt for a product with light coverage that will still allow freckles and
    real skin to shine through. We love Olay Regenerist CC Cream SPF15 – it is one of the new wave of CC creams (those smart 'color correctors') to hit the shelves. Begin at the center of your face
    and blend outwards so there is barely anything left by the time you reach your hairline. Again, fingers work best.

    Step 4: Brighten

    Brace yourself, this gets a little involved, but if you can spare five minutes, the results are more than worth it. For tired-looking complexions, dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes, sweeping out from the inner corners. Blend up towards the temples to conceal blueish veins and give yourself a subtle contour.

    Step 5: Conceal

    Use a fine eyeliner brush to conceal any blemishes. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer is a cult product that disguises both redness and bumps. Keep your

    “If you can SPARE five minutes, the RESULTS are more than WORTH it”

    Cara Delevingne works a radiant glow at DKNY

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