Maximum coverage

Everyone knows that the secret to complexion perfection is creating a flawless base.

And during these grey winter months, full coverage foundation is just the ticket for transforming dull, weather-worn skin into luminous, even-toned brilliance.

Even if you’re blessed with blemish-free skin, maximum coverage foundation is ideal for creating a gorgeous, smooth, airbrushed look.

And if you’re worried that full-coverage products equate to a heavy, caked-on and mask-like appearance, fear not.

Foundation formulas have come a long way in the past few years with a tremendous amount of consideration given to how different particle types interact with one another once on the skin.

Emollient-based foundations can be particularly effective at creating a long-wearing, opaque look.

We spoke to celebrity make-up artist Krystal Dawn to discover how to create flawless, even coverage.

“When it comes to creating a maximum impact look, I often use a medium coverage product and then use a foundation stick to give extra coverage on certain areas,” explains Krystal, who has perfected the faces of countless stars.

“It just avoids having strong coverage all over, when all you really need it for is for covering blemishes.”

So, what products does Krystal reach for when she’s on set?

“For brilliant full coverage I love MAC Studio Fix Fluid,” she says.

“It applies smoothly and builds coverage quickly and easily – plus it has specially treated pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look.

“I also love Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, which promises 15 hours staying power.

“I then use the Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation with a brush lightly to set,” she adds.

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