Whether you’re striving for a ‘no makeup-makeup’ look, or you’re a minimalist when it comes to your makeup bag, nothing will look good unless you have a flawless foundation to start. To help you achieve that natural glow, check out these seven products launching this spring.
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Adding to Nars’ selection of concealing essentials (particularly of note is its award-winning Radiant Creamy Concealer) is the brand’s highest-coverage product yet, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer (HK$290), which launches in stores 15 February. The gel-like product, which comes in nine shades from fair ivory to medium dark, helps blur imperfections with advanced powders that absorb and diffuse light, as well as stay flat for a smooth finish even on large pores, fine lines and scars. It’s also packed with collagen-boosting peptides, a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump up your skin to improve its condition over time. It’s encased in a small pot, which means you won’t waste product, and you can use your fingertips or a brush and apply with a stippling motion for maximum coverage.
NARS, Shop 1, G/F, Takshing House, 20 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2918 9886, narscosmetics.com
For SS17, Givenchy Parfums’ Artistic Director Nicolas Degennes took inspiration from the mutability of ink in a bright new collection, playing with its lightest to most concentrated colours, yet retaining a lightweight feel. Here in Hong Kong, as everyone already knows, lightweight makeup is essential for dealing with our sweltering summers. For the best finishing touches on your look, the new Mémoire de Forme gel highlighter (HK$360), which launched in early February, is a must-have. For a natural-looking, dewy glow, just dab minimal product from this inkwell onto your cheeks (where the light hits), nose bridge and brow bone for a natural, flattering glimmer.
Givenchy Beauty at Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2118 2288, lanecrawford.com.hk
Launching earlier in January, the new addition to the British brand’s Lip Velvet collection is its take on the matte liquid lipstick trend du jour: a creamy, matte formula that claims to have an airy, “whipped” consistency (HK$260). Light as it may be, it offers long lasting, strong pigmentation for up to eight hours of wear. In addition to bold berry hues, there are also natural rosy shades suitable for everyday casual wear — something understated, yet enough to dress up your lips in just one sweep. In particular, check out new shades Light Nude, Fawn, Dark Rosewood and Peach. (Image courtesy of Burberry)
Burberry Beauty Counter, Beauty Avenue, 1/F, Langham Place, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3903 8805, hk.burberry.com/beauty
For busy ladies who want to make their makeup routine as no-frills and as high-impact as possible, the new Lip Stylo from LA brand Hourglass is an absolute time-saver — a lip balm, precision lip liner and lipstick in one (HK$300). Its formula is ultra-hydrating, utilising ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba, mimosa and sunflower seed to glide on effortlessly and weightlessly. The pencil comes in 20 powerful bold red and brown tones, but for a flawless daily nude look, we particularly love the deep mauve Achiever, the neutral rose Activist, and the peachy nude Peacemaker.
Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2118 2288, lanecrawford.com.hk
Translating the bestselling Diorskin Forever liquid foundation into the brand’s growing cushion foundation collection, this new compact (HK$420) means you can now bring your favourite foundation on the go. The sponge application results in a fresh, velvety finish that keeps your coverage light and smooth all day — lasting up to 16 hours. With a unique colour-lock technology, it’s made to help withstand extreme humidity and heat — exactly what you need this summer.
Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3521 1386, dior.com
As a follow up to 3CE’s fast-selling Mood Recipe lipstick fall release, you can now get a set of five minis (HK$459) containing each of the covetable, smokey, rose and brown tones from the earlier collection. It gives a sweet, matte finish with high pigmentation, which matches the nude pastel packaging each lippie is dressed up in.
3CE, 42 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2387 4577
Touted as Australia’s top mineral makeup brand, Nude by Nature’s Sheer Glow BB Cream (HK$200) is not one to be missed if you’re looking to rid your makeup collection of all those chemicals — in fact, the whole makeup collection is all-natural and 100% cruelty-free. The BB Cream is a good place to start, being an all-in-one product that moisturises, evens out skin tone, and minimises the appearance of imperfections, with SPF 8 and a non-greasy and luminous finish. For the month of March, head to the Nude by Nature counter at Harvey Nichols Landmark, which is offering the Sheer Glow BB Cream and BB Brush set for just HK$230 (valued at HK$430).
Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 3521 1806, nudebynature.com.au