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Dry, dehydrated skin is makeup’s worst enemy, responsible for the dreaded trio of caking, splitting and patchiness. And while skincare goes a long way to solving the problem, layering on hydrating makeup – everything from skin tints to setting powder – enriched with quenching actives like hyaluronic acid, squalane, peptides and electrolytes, supercharges the moisturising impact.
Skincare meets makeup in this skin tint from Rose Inc. Spheres of sheer-coverage pigment are suspended in a serum (infused with sodium hyaluronate – a form of hyaluronic acid – and squalane for a powerful hydration hit) and burst on contact with your skin. The finish? Natural, dewy, smooth and fresh. The feel? Satin-y soft, with a plumping effect that minimises the appearance of fine lines. For the ‘no-makeup makeup’ lovers, this is an add-to-cart-now essential.
This unique setting powder from Parisian makeup brand By Terry somehow manages to both mattify and refresh your base (read: blur fine lines and minimise pores) without dryness – and the key is hyaluronic acid. Perhaps the MVP hydrating skincare ingredient, it holds 1,000 times its weight in water to help skin retain moisture.
Winter doesn’t have to mean full-coverage foundation – this sheer, dewy, lightweight BB cream is a year-round favourite for its natural, radiant finish, and creates a hydrated base for your cream blush, contour and highlighter. Melting into skin quick-smart, it provides flexible coverage to create a your-skin-but-better base.
Skin-like, radiant finish, featherlight texture and hydrating coverage? Check, check and check! RMS Beauty’s cult-favourite concealer was one of the original clean makeup essentials, and it’s still a staple for those who love the natural, ‘model off-duty’ look (so, everyone?). A moisturising trio of organic jojoba oil, cocoa seed butter and coconut oil help it blend seamlessly into your skin for a flawless result every time.
Create a super silky, hydrated canvas for your makeup with Smashbox’s latest primer. It boasts up to 72 hours of hydration with the one-two punch of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Plus, it’s enriched with a Silkscreen Complex (including antioxidants, vitamins, probiotic extract and algae) to help nourish and balance skin while prepping it for the rest of your complexion routine.
Super softening and with a subtle wash of flattering, natural colour, ILIA's buttery-smooth balm makes for the perfect finishing touch to your everyday makeup look ('clean aesthetic' fans, we're looking at you!). A blend of rosehip seed oil, shea butter and sea succulent extract keep your lips nourished and hydrated – even in the face of icy winter wind – while the texture is incredibly comfortable.
A cream blush is a hydrating alternative to your usual powder version, and MECCA MAX’s bright, blendable formula – enriched with fatty acids and natural oils – glides on with gusto! Housed in a convenient stick format, this Beauty Election 2022 finalist adds a delectable pop of colour without drying your skin. We love the tropical punch of the ‘Sorbet’ shade all year round.
Does it get much more hydrating than a water-infused gel cream? We think not! A celebrity-approved, SPF-laden, natural coverage essential, bareMinerals’ bestselling Complexion Rescue feels like a cool drink of water for your skin and is enriched with both squalane and electrolytes to replenish skin’s moisture without weighing it down.
A touch of sunshine in a bottle, this liquid-gel hybrid bronzer from Chantecaille has a natural, luminous finish that is lightweight enough to use with or without foundation. Not only is it super blendable, its combination of a breakthrough polymer and glycerine leave skin feeling hydrated and moisturised.
Fuller, thicker brows are at the top of everyone’s list, and this ingenious blend of nourishing natural oils – argan, castor, geranium, rosemary and sweet almond – from Brow Code is here to create the best possible environment to help yours reach their feathery, fluffy potential. Apply it daily to hydrate both your brow hairs and the skin beneath, then follow with Brow Code Creamades to fill in.
Question: which part of your face tends to need the biggest dose of moisture during winter? We’ll give you a hint: it starts with ‘l’ and ends with ‘ips’! If your pout is looking less than perky – think chapped, flaky and dry – try a swipe of this ultra-nourishing, super creamy lipstick from clean beauty trailblazer Kosas. Conditioning mango butter meets moisture-sealing lanolin, plus a range of pretty pigments to suit both the ‘no makeup-makeup’ and ‘wild night out’ moments.
This magic potion from Mecca Cosmetica can be used as both a glow-bestowing base, dotted on the high points of the face for a touch of dewy radiance, or mixed with your usual foundation for a booster shot of brilliance. Infused with lush ingredients like squalane, jojoba oil and (of course) hyaluronic acid, it delivers noticeable hydration whatever your makeup routine.
Learn more artistry tips on creating a hydrated, ‘no-makeup’ makeup look with a (redeemable) MECCA Natural makeup lesson.
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