I’ve always been a big fan of foundation. Recently though, I’ve gone from fan to cheerleader to head over heels in mad, passionate love with the stuff. There are some supernaturally great products on the market just now and the finishes can just about honestly claim to be flawless. So what’s changed?

I think it’s a lot to do with how much professional make-up artists have had to re-think the way they approach camera-ready faces. High Definition is the enemy of anyone over the age of 16. It’s ruthless, shows up every line and flaw and makes traditional make-up look as if it’s been plastered on with a trowel. Brands had to respond.

The good news is that mere mortals who don’t have to worry about the cruel camera too much get the trickle down effect. So here are five of my favourite new generation foundations at the moment.

Perricone MD ‘No Foundation, Foundation’
As far as I’m concerned Perricone MD can do no wrong. I’m a pushover for their Parapharmacie packaging and the good doctor himself seems like the soul of common sense. No Foundation, Foundation isn’t a totally new product but it’s one of the best anytime foundations that uses light diffusing Mica combined with pigment for weightless, even coverage.

DIOR ‘Airflash’
This literally airbrushes your skin with a super light mist of foundation. The spray is surprisingly easy to apply straight up but you can use a Kabuki brush instead if you prefer. Mother of Pearl pigment diffuses light and – huge anti-aging bonus here – it actually, visibly evens skin tone. Great for a ‘finished’ look.

Chanel ‘Lift Lumiere Firming and Smoothing Makeup’
If you’re a Chanel devotee you’ll love this. It has amazing coverage for such a light texture and gives an instant soft, natural glow – there are another two Lumiere products as well so this is quite a versatile choice.

Clinique ‘Even Better Makeup’
Designed with active ingredients to permanently improve uneven skin tone over time but gives you the appearance of smoother, balanced skin instantly.

Armani ‘Maestro Fusion Makeup’
Clever Mr Armani is my personal choice for foundation ever since his team developed Luminous Silk Foundation. Now they’ve brought out ‘Maestro Fusion Makeup’ and I’m a convert. The ultra fine oil pigmets diffuse light softly across your skin giving you that transparent ‘Armani Glow’ plus coverage.


ysl remix

I hate waiting around so I’m always on a mission to find things to do when I’m stuck in a holding pattern and I don’t have time to ‘do something constructive’.

This find is almost so good I can see it sneaking into my day when it really shouldn’t. So beware, discipline is needed to restrict this to ‘Waiting Time Only’!

www.vogue.fr/lookbooks let’s you create your own LookBook from seasons/styles/trends/accessories/archives/designers. Just select what you want and scroll through the hundreds and hundreds of thumbnails, use pause and play and when you find what you want just add the image and your own caption (if you want) to pinterest or tweet it or share it. Et Voila, your own personal inspiration/lookbook/style grab/shopping list/fun toy …… and it works in English and French.

I’m channeling YSL ‘Le Smoking’ it’s my personal tribute to February, month of Fashion Weeks and the Oscars. I’d love to see what inspires you!