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Autumn/Winter 15's hottest foundations

BeautyBy Sunday World
Autumn/Winter 15's hottest foundations

We've already tackled the key eye and lip looks for the new season, so now it's time for the rest of your face.

Traditionally the Autumn/Winter season calls for a fuller base than the Spring/Summer months, so people tend to go for more coverage and thicker foundations. In 2015 things are a little different though, as a full face of make-up will quickly mark you out as passé.

That doesn't mean you need perfect skin to venture outside though, as there are many new products which offer skincare properties as well as colour - so you can treat as you conceal.

Too Faced's latest foundation is called Born This Way and offers medium-to-full coverage while still being incredibly light. Coconut water helps replenish moisture levels and alpine rose is included to aid radiance. There is also hyaluronic acid, which is wonderstuff for dry skin thanks to its ability to hold on to water.

Also of note is the new launch from cult brand Make Up For Ever. Its Ultra HD Foundation was developed for make-up artists and photographers to use when they are featuring models on high definition shoots. The idea is it offers invisible coverage, so it'll look like your skin, but better. Again it helps with luminosity and has hyaluronic acid, which just goes to show the trend for nourished and plump skin is the one to watch this season.

Autumn/Winter 15 is also seeing a move away from contouring. You'll probably have heard of strobing, which is the use of highlighter to accentuate features. Whereas contouring is all about hiding the bits you're not so keen on, strobing focuses on what you like, which is a pretty nice message when you think about it.

All this means it's time to step away from the bronzer - but you don't have to forgo cheek colour completely. Instead prepare to fall in love with blush again, which is easy to do because there are some brilliant ones coming out this season. Rodial Hyaluronic Cheek Sculpt - see, it's that magic ingredient again! - is a gel which gives a pretty rosy glow like on the Topshop Unique catwalk. There is only one shade, coral, which looks scarily bright when you squeeze some out but is a true one-size-fits all. It blends out to a light flush, which you can build as needed.

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheek Stains are also gels, but they have colour on one end of the tube and a brush on the other. That means you can swirl the shade on your cheek and then buff in, making it as intense - or not - as you like. There are four shades, ranging from nude to a deep red, and they all have anti-ageing ingredients that help give your skin more glow.

Our final pick is Kiko's Rebel Bouncy Blush, which gets our innovation award. You won't have felt anything like this before; applying it is like dipping your fingers into a mini trampoline. It's a very fine powder, which is velvety and comes in four shades that give a sophisticated matte finish.

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