BEAUTY WATCH: 4 Steps To Selfie Perfection

We live in Selfie Land. Every emotion and action captured for posterity. All that posing and preening calls for pore-less, perfect skin. What you need is a product that throws a second skin cover over your blemishes, pores and more to mask everything from late nights to breakups. You need the whole shebang, from light-as-air foundations to skin tone matching concealers.
So, what do HD Selfie-Ready Formulas have that regular makeup doesn’t? Some may say very little given how normal makeup has made such leaps and bounds. However, typically HD makeup has superior light reflection since it uses gel covered pigments to soften and blur fine lines and uneven skin tone. Another HD non-negotiable is a very fine texture and finish for a non-cakey, almost invisible finish even in closeups. Finally, HD products contain high-grade silicones to smooth out uneven texture.
But fret not. Even if you don’t have highbrow, expensive HD makeup handy follow these four steps to look picture perfect anytime, anywhere.

PLUMP IT UP

Dehydrated skin is sad and dull. Happy skin starts with hydration. Enter skin boosting and plumping serums. Get the Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum 30ml today. Just a few drops of this hydrating little gem’s all you need to accentuate your skin’s shine. Made with mineral laden glacial water and glycerine, it packs a wallop of moisture to nourish skin and prep it for the makeup application to come.

LET’S START CORRECTING

Colour correction can be a bit tricky especially if you have freckles, scars or pigmentation over a larger area of your face. You need a concealer/color corrector that has micronized pigments to even out skin tone and brighten skin. Invest in a Makeup Revolution Camouflage Corrector Palette that tackles every skin blemish. Here’s a thumb rule: Overall redness by previous acne outbreaks and broken capillaries fade with the Green corrector. Dull skin instantly brightens up with Blue/Lavender, while darker blemishes even out with Orange/Red corrector. Dark Circle SOS: Use Pink if you’re fair, Peach if you’re wheatish and Orange on medium-to-dark skin. Meanwhile if you just have the odd blemish to cover up, use a shade closest to your skin tone from the Make Up For Life 5 Color Concealer Corrector Palette.

PERFECT YOUR BASE

Take your pick of liquid, cream or gel foundation. If you haven’t tried NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Foundation, now’s the time. Available in 13 blendable shades, this clever, Peptide-infused formula uses light-diffusing technology to enhance the appearance of silky-smooth skin. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more luminous, lit-from-within finish, try the upgraded Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Effect Make Up SPF 20 with inbuilt light-filtering technology and soft focus pigments. But if all you want is a light, airy coverage, liquid is the way to go. Try Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation that combines almost invisible, seamless and buildable coverage with HD technology to blur imperfections and smoothen out skin tone.

FINISH FINESSE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a concern that can’t be fixed with translucent loose powder. Dab on lightly over foundation to reduce shine, blur imperfections, diffuse skin, and set your entire look. Check out mineral formula L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder that keeps your makeup in place for 12 hours. It’s also infused with SPF 34PA+++. Alternatively, you can skip foundation altogether and dab on multipurpose Colorbar Flawless Air Brush Finish Loose Powder for buildable coverage. This advanced micro fine powder has a silky, smooth texture that builds well for enhanced color effects.