Our Heart's New Desire: Next-Level Natural

FLARE's Caitlin Kenny shares how to mask imperfections without makeup overkill

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

The greatest beauty feat known to womankind is the ability to mask imperfections without makeup overkill. And now, a new league of liquid foundation is revolutionizing the coveted no-makeup makeup look. With an essential oil–like texture (forget the usual creamy consistency), two to three pigment-rich drops spread with the ease of a serum and evaporate to a film-thin finish—giving you twice as much coverage as a BB, and just a little less than regular foundation. “Fingertips are the perfect tools,” says L’Oréal makeup expert Karim Rahman, who gets Bianca Balti and Tilda Swinton HD ready. “You’ll immediately feel if you have too much product.” To help foundation glide seamlessly, mist skin with water two minutes after applying moisturizer, then tissue away the excess before applying your base. Massage as you would face cream, from the centre of your face outward, but steer clear of eyelids. “When you leave the area free,” says Rahman, “it looks like you put on eyeshadow because the skin tone [on lids] is different from your complexion.”

Bianca Balti, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce Knowles

Bianca Balti, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce Knowles; Photograph by Getty Images

Photograph by Ivan Engler

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup. $19. Giorgio Aramani Maestro Fusion Makeup, $68 ;Photograph by Ivan Engler