THE IN-TRAY

Full coverage, matte or glowy? Find your ultimate complexion must-have in 5 questions

Have you found ‘the one’? You know, the foundation that makes your heart skip a beat when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror sporting an absolutely flawless finish? A good foundation should fit you like your favourite pair of jeans: it should be comfortable, familiar and show off your best assets.

This month at MECCA, we want to know: how do you beauty? We think it’s time to reconnect with the beauty that makes you look and feel your best—even rediscover an old favourite or try a new formula you’ve been eyeing off. Here, we’re chatting all things complexion, more specifically: your base product.

We’re here to help guide you on that journey of finding ‘the one’. And if you don’t know where to start, why not kick things off with our quiz below? It’s just five easy questions. And remember, there’s no wrong answer!

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Question 1: You’re most likely to apply foundation because:

A) You want the benefits of skincare throughout the day (and a bit of light coverage while you’re at it).

B) You prefer to effectively cover up any little blemishes that might’ve popped up.

C) You like the soft-focus effect it gives your skin every time you apply it.

D) You’re out and about from one social occasion to another, and you need a foundation that lasts as long as you do.

Question 2: You perfect foundation could be described as:

A) Super light coverage—in fact you probably opt more for a tinted moisture or similar most days.

B) Full coverage, no matter what.

C) Somewhere in between a luminous tinted moisturiser and a full coverage, semi-matte foundation.

D) Seriously longwearing (while looking just as fresh as when you first applied it 15 hours ago).

Questions 3: You’d describe your overall makeup style as:

A) Minimal. You’re happy with brushed-up brows, a layer of mascara and base that’s still your skin, just a little glowier.

B) More is more! You layer your eyeshadows, your gel over your eyebrow pencil and you’re not afraid to go heavier on the contour from time to time.

C) Soft and luminous: you’re not afraid of coverage but still prefer to see little imperfections when you apply your makeup.

D) Timeless. You like an overall finish that gives you a filter-like effect and opt for products that last (think: matte lipsticks and waterproof brow pencils).

Questions 4: The finish you look for in a foundation is:

A) So undetectable no one knows you’re actually wearing anything.

B) Absolutely flawless; you’re not afraid of looking like you’re working with an Insta filter most days.

C) Lit from within.

D) Second-skin.

Question 5: You’d describe your skin type as:

A) Dry, sometimes a little on the sensitive side and in need of some hydration most days.

B) Combination. You tend to get a little oily through the t-zone and need something that won’t budge.

C) Dehydrated. You need a formula that won’t settle into any fine lines.

D) Pretty oily, especially later in the day or evening—so you want something that won’t slip or slide but still look fresh hours after its applied.

THE VERDICT

Mostly A’s: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

If ‘no-makeup makeup’ and ‘barely there skin’ are your jam, then we think Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream could be the pick for you. It offers a luminous finish as well as natural skin-loving ingredients: aloe vera and coconut oil improve the skin’s hydration and basically give it a nourishing hug each time you apply this. Not only that, just like most of Juice Beauty’s products, this lightweight cream contains malic acid (read: apple juice) which is brimming with alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamins that protect that face of yours. This is a really skincare-meets-makeup moment, and we have a feeling the light coverage lovers will thoroughly enjoy incorporating it into their routine.

Mostly B’s: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation

Full coverage and nothing less: that’s your motto. Your match? This versatile foundation stick from Hourglass grants you a longwearing, full coverage finish regardless of how you apply it. Scribble it straight onto skin and use the brand’s foundation brush to gently buff the formula in, or try applying it where you need the most coverage similar to how you would a concealer. Don’t be fooled by its heavier coverage, it’s still lightweight and easy to customise if you want to go for a lighter finish some days.

Mostly C’s: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation SPF30

You’re after a your-skin-but-better finish, not too light, but not too heavy—and added SPF and added hyaluronic acid is a plus in your books. By Terry heard you, and they created their Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation (the younger sister of their cult favourite Hydra Powder). This ultra-hydrating foundation instantly creates a radiant, flawless complexion while still letting some of your natural spots or freckles shine through. A more mature skin will really enjoy the lightweight feel of this one, as it doesn’t settle into lines.

Mostly D’s: Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

If you want the longevity (we’re talking up to 15 hours) without the heavy feeling, then try this. It contains flexible polymers that sit weightlessly on the skin delivering a non-oxidising luminous finish. The best way to describe the finish of Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation is probably ‘second skin’. Try applying it with your fingers for an undetectable coverage.

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