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Getting a flawless finish with liquid foundation

Just add liquid foundation to your beauty routine for a flawless finish.

You look after your skin, using serums and creams that leave it firmer, more luminous and smoother. But then, when you go out, do you smother your beautiful skin in a thick mask of foundation? Of course not!

While foundation remains a beauty-bag essential, the way we’re wearing it has changed. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Why liquid?

Foundation comes in many forms – sticks, powders, thick creams, etc. I prefer fluids and light creams because they give a softer finish, are easy to apply and suit all skin types. They’re also better for mature skin, as they don’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles. Plus there tends to be a wider range of shades, which makes for a more natural look.

Tip: To find your closest colour match, always test foundation on your face rather than on the back of your hand.

Modern base

Heavy and artificial is out of fashion when it comes to foundation. It’s meant to even out and enhance your complexion, rather than cover it up, so always think sheer when you apply it. Start with a hydrating primer to improve the texture and look of your skin. It should also help your base last longer.

Next, choose a fluid foundation that’s as close as possible to your natural skin tone. Apply a few small dots at the centre of your face – which is where you’ll need it most – and blend it outwards across your cheeks and forehead with a brush or sponge. Keep a light hand. You can always build more coverage on areas that need extra attention – such as over any visible red veins or pigmentation – but don’t be afraid to let your natural complexion show through.

Tip: If a liquid foundation disappears into your natural colour when you put it on, then it’s right for you.


Yvonne Brownlie is the general manager of the cancer charity Look Good Feel Better.

My beauty philosophy is… Enjoy life and don’t be miserable. I always see the glass half full, not empty.

The skincare products I can’t live without are… There are so many. I love La Prairie Cellular Radiance Eye Cream – it’s expensive, but the best. Also, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules work a treat. And Lucas’ Papaw Ointment does wonders for skin irritations.

My haircare secret is… As I started my working life as a hairdresser in London at a leading salon, it’s a good cut that counts the most for me. I tint my hair and L’Oréal Paris Preference permanent hair colour is my saviour. Kérastase shampoo and conditioner are my favourites for maintaining my hair colour.

The must-have products in my makeup bag are… Lancôme Definicils Mascara is the best – I’ve used it for years. MAC Bronzing Powder and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm are also musts.

My favourite beauty treat is… Visiting my beauty therapist at The Elements Medi-Spa in Auckland. I’ve gone to this salon for over seven years. The level of service and advanced treatments, such as IPL and antioxidant peels, work wonders on my skin.

My biggest beauty sin is… If I have a blemish or a spot, I won’t leave it alone. I’ll pick at it, which is the worst thing you can do. You would think I would know better, having worked in the beauty industry!

The best thing my mother taught me about beauty was… To use sunscreen from a very early age. Her saying was, “Your skin has to last you a lifetime, so look after it!”

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