Makeup & Skincare
What they do: CC stands for "colour correct", and these come in shades designed to offset problematic skin tones. A lavender tint neutralises sallow skin, rose corrects dullness and apricot is an all-rounder that corrects uneven pigmentation. Most CC creams also come loaded with extras (just like BBs) - sunscreen, moisturiser, anti-ageing ingredients and light-reflectors.
Who they work for: While CCs might seem like another complicated extra step, in many cases they remove the need for foundation. Once you correct the skin's redness or yellowness, for example, you don't need coverage on top. These creams are ideal for those keen to correct a skin-tone issue (such as pigmentation) and also want a boost of radiance.
New to try: YSL CC Creme Forever Light Creator, $110, is packed with skincare ingredients (the same glycan or skin-cell technology from the brand's Forever Youth Liberator skincare range). It comes in Rose, Apricot and Lavender, all of which give a lightweight, luminous finish with SPF35. Lancome City Miracle CC Cream SPF50, $79, is another do-it-all wonder cream. The sheer formula offers hydration without shine, and features a strong sunscreen plus anti-pollution and anti-ageing ingredients.
Also worth a look is MAC's Prep & Prime range - this includes liquid and powder formulas, which are available in four colour-correcting shades.
What they do: These push-and-go pens offer light-reflecting concealer in a sheer formula. The texture makes them ideal for erasing under-eye circles without leaving caked-on concealer. They can also be used to highlight.
Who they suit: Anyone from young women covering up the effects of late nights to older ones more concerned with wrinkles. Their portable nature makes them a handbag essential.
New to try: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream for Eyes SPF15, $52, adds that all-important SPF to a light and hydrating formula. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, $53, uses pearlised pigments and blurring agents to help freshen up the look of the eye area.
What they do: Blurring creams use tiny particles to refract light, giving the optical illusion of a soft-focus look. They can be used as a primer, but are best used over the top of your usual coverage to give the final skin-perfecting effect.
Who they work for: They're ideal for those who are concerned about pores, as they minimise the look of them. If you don't like how you look on Face Time or Skype, blurring creams can help you appear fresher. They don't give coverage though, so most of us will pair them with some kind of tint.
Best to try: Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, $62, gives an instant fix for visible pores and uneven skin texture. It also contains skincare ingredients to help improve texture over time. Garnier's 5 Second Perfect Blur, $17.49, contains all the bells and whistles for a great entry-point price.
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