Would you believe us when we said you could achieve flawless skin using only four products? It’s true, but you don’t have to take our word for it. In honor of Abu Dhabi Beauty Week, Michel Coulomb, Laura Mercier’s Artistry & Educational Director EMEA, spoke to Grazia about the four steps to achieving a mask-proof, flawless complexion.
How do you achieve Laura’s Flawless Face in four simple steps? After applying your skincare regimen, these are the four easy steps:
Apply a pearl-sized amount of Pure Canvas Primer to the entire face.
Apply your Tinted Moisturiser/Foundation, concealer, and Camouflage.
Use the Translucent Loose Set Powder to set your makeup for the day.
How can we use Laura Mercier’s beloved Translucent Setting Powder without looking cakey or gummy?
This multi-award-winning powder is a cult favorite that sets makeup for 16 hours without adding texture or weight. Pour a small amount into the lid to set makeup flawlessly. Then, with your Velour Puff – not a Powder Brush – dip the folded Puff into the top to pick up some powder. Dip the folded Puff in the top of the jar to get some powder. Fold the puff and gently massage the powder in the breath to ensure it is evenly saturated. Tap the Puff onto the palm of your hand to remove any excess powder. Fold the Puff in the same way it was folded originally. The powder should disappear after you “press and roll.” Pro tip: Touch the skin to see if there is enough powder. You need to add more powder if it feels sticky.
Which are your favorite tips and tricks to achieve flawless skin?
For flawless skin at all times, I recommend being attentive to your skin’s needs and adapting your skincare routine accordingly. Your skin’s needs will vary depending on the season or time of year. Less is more when it comes to complexion products! Laura recommends using foundation to only even out the skin tone. She also suggests applying it only where needed. The right tools and brushes can make a massive difference in the look and feel of your skin. Pro tip: This may seem obvious, but always use clean brushes and tools!
What is the significance of primer?
This is a must-have for any makeup look! Laura is an artist and knows how important it is to prepare the skin before applying makeup. She does this by designing a canvas. This is why she revolutionized primer. Laura’s primers provide a perfect canvas for applying makeup. The water-based, silicone-free formula seals skin care and creates an effective protective barrier to extend makeup wear. Laura’s primers create a smooth and even surface to apply makeup. They also keep the color accurate and fresh for several hours.
How can we ensure our foundation remains in place during a Middle Eastern Summer?
Start by adapting your skincare regimen to the climate you are in. I advise using oil-free formulations if you live in the Middle East during the summer. I recommend starting with the Blurring Pure Canvas Primer—this oil-free, oil-absorbing primer blurs skin for a soft focus effect. The silicone-free, breathable formula seals skin care and creates a barrier to protect makeup while controlling oil breakouts. Flawless Fusion Longwear Foundation is another excellent product for hot climates. This oil-free liquid with weightless, medium-to-full coverage and a matte finish lasts 15 hours. This long-lasting, high-performance formula is resistant to sweat, water, humidity, and transfer.
Remember the Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Original Honey or Medium-Deep).
Create Laura’s flawless face using primer, foundation, concealer, and the best-selling translucent powder.
What is the best method to apply foundation? Would you instead use a brush, sponge, or your fingers?
I prefer to use a sponge, our Flawless Makeup Sponge. Laura’s tool, a dye-free makeup sponge, is designed to hug contours on the face and minimize product absorption. The curve shape conforms to the contours of your face, allowing you to stipple and apply makeup flawlessly. The sponge is designed to absorb the least amount of product so that the makeup stays on your skin and not in the sponge. It’s an antibacterial-treated, latex-free sponge material that ensures a fresh, glowing, perfecting result.
Tips for applying makeup with a sponge
Pick up a small amount from the back of your hand. You can use a sponge that is dampened or dry. Press the curve-shaped edge into the product. Smooth away and dab it to desaturate. Use the S-curve as a guide to apply the product to the face. Use a tapered edge or a pointed tip to spread around the eyes and nose.
How to apply makeup using your fingertips:
Pick up a small quantity of product using your fingertips from the back of your hand. Start from the outer edge of your face, and work inwards. Press and blend the foundation into small sections.
Tips for applying makeup with a brush
Use the Creme Cheek Color Brush for the best coverage. Add product from the back of your hand in small sections. Finish by pressing the foundation into your skin with your palm. The warmth will create a seamless look.
What is the best way to hide dark circles? How can we make our concealer without it creasing?
It can be challenging to conceal dark circles. Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer is my favorite to brighten under-eye areas. Laura’s most popular concealer, with medium to full coverage. It conceals but also blurs, hydrates, and perfects the under-eye region with 12 hours of wear.
Use the doe’s foot applicator to apply Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer around your eyes and on any dark areas. Use your fingertips to press and blend the concealer gently. This formula is undetectable and smooths the appearance of fine lines. The breathable concealer lasts 12 hours and is resistant to sweat, water, humidity, and transfer.
What are the main areas where you should apply translucent powder?
Translucent Loose Setting powder is used to set makeup for long-lasting wear. You can use it on your face and on top of creams and liquids to keep them in place for 16 hours.