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How to create Laura Mercier's signature flawless face

No one does no-makeup makeup like Laura Mercier. Now the revered brand has found a new home at MECCA, we’re showcasing its bestsellers, so you can create your most perfect base ever.

In the world of Laura Mercier, a flawless face isn’t about looking perfect, it’s about feeling polished. To get there, the legendary makeup artist has devised a four-part technique for achieving complexion perfection. It’s simple and also super customisable to your skin type and desired look. What else would you expect from the brand that’s all about enhancing natural beauty and embracing individuality? Here are the steps to master.

1

Prime

A standout favourite with A-listers and beauty gurus spilling the contents of their beauty bags, the award-winning Laura Mercier Primer smooths, perfects and keeps you looking fresh all day. The brand is all about individualising your look, and the primer comes in five variants on the original: Blemish-Less, Hydrating, Oil Free, Radiance, and Radiance Bronze—a vacay essential. These versions cater for different skin concerns and desired finishes, so you can really make your look last.

Top tip: Mercier recommends massaging it into the skin that same way you would a moisturiser.

2

Apply Foundation

Laura Mercier foundation is all about enhancing your skin, not covering it up. The pros recommend only using it to even skin tone, not to completely paint over your complexion. The easiest way to do this is by applying the foundation in thin layers. Flawless Fusion Foundation has cred for its ultra-longwearing ability. We’re talking 15 hours—that’s a long day even by girl-boss standards. The secret is the oil-free, sweat, humidity and transfer-resistant formula. The coated pigments don’t oxidise, so the colour won’t change on your skin and the finish is matte but not flat.

Top tip: A damp sponge is the best way to apply thin foundation layers. Pool a little foundation on the back of your hand, so it’s easy to pick up the right amount of product with the sponge.

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Conceal

If you need to cover anything up, Laura Mercier concealer is how to do it. Blemishes, stubborn dark circles and lines get a FaceTune-like blur with these weightless formulas. Countless makeup artists reach for Secret Concealer to camouflage dark undereye circles. Unlike a lot of dupes, the creamy consistency keeps the area hydrated so the product doesn’t crease or cake—again, apply in thin layers. While Mercier likes to address eye concealing before foundation, concealing spots and blotchy parts of the complexion comes after. Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer is ideal for this. The liquid concealer employs blurring technology, so that you don’t need to apply a lot, only enough to cover the area.

Top tip: Don’t stop at the undereye for Secret Concealer. Tap the product into the corners of the eye–the inner is often dark, and the outer often red.

4

Set

Laura Mercier ambassador Mario Dedivanovic is a big fan of this step. The brand’s setting powders set and prolong makeup, but they also create dimension and eliminate flashback. The translucent loose powder, which comes in two finishes, matte and glow, is a serious award-winner. It’s the Meryl Streep of makeup. The glow powder is infused with pearl pigments which give the complexion a luminosity not usually achieved with powder.

Top tip: Tap a little of the powder into the lid and use a power puff to pick up the product. Tap off any excess product, then, keeping the puff folded, press and roll the product into your skin. This technique ensures you’re not moving your foundation or concealer out of place.

Words by Alexandra Whiting
March 2019

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