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Foundation is proving to be the, well, foundation behind the most trending beauty look of the past few Fashion Week seasons. Rather than seeing overdone faces on recent runways, audiences are taking note of the bare-skin beauties on the catwalk boasting seamless, natural looking coverage with just a touch of definition along cheek bones and a bit of moisture on the lips. Models debuting the spring 2015 collections for Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, Proenza Schouler, and Rag & Bone, just to name a few, further brought the naked-face trend to our attention.
To get the effortlessly chic, flawless face as seen on the runway, I’m focusing my attention not on exciting eyeshadows and color-popping lipsticks this season, but on creating a clear complexion. First step: get color matched. As the weather cools down, every Glam girl should be swapping her sun-kissed foundation for one that better fits her winter-hued skin. With the appropriate product on hand, I prepare my face for makeup. For me, that means my daily moisturizer and then a primer. I let both dry and wipe away any excess.
Finally, it’s foundation time. No more fingers, bye-bye brushes–I’m now finishing my face in two minutes with the help of Color Me, an automatic foundation applicator that creates seamless coverage via a pulsating sponge. 15,000 pulses per minute simulate gentle finger tapping, which buffs both liquid and powder foundations into skin without spreading germs (fingers!), irritating sensitive areas (brushing!), wasting product, or causing cakiness. The teardrop shape of the sponge is great for around the nose, along the hairline, and under the eye, as well as for general face coverage. Whether or not I want a light or heavy finish depends on how much of my product I put on the liquid or powder sponge (there’s one for each), which I clean every week or so to keep up with my everyday usage.
With my seemingly retouched skin, little else is necessary. A bit of bronzer, a touch of mascara, and a dab of lipgloss for good measure, and I’ve got the off-the-runway barely there beauty look of the season.