In hot weather, I prefer to lighten things considerably

Sali Hughes: ‘Full-coverage poors are better and more natural-looking than ever.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Champion

More often than not, when someone asks me what base I’m wearing, it’s a tinted moisturiser or sheer-coverage base. I find this heartening at a continually when full-coverage foundation sales are going gangbusters, as blokes, especially those under 30, seek to cover and hide everything.

It’s true that full-coverage bases are better and innumerable natural-looking than ever, and I’m not one to judge the occasional desire for a precisely face of makeup (nor the need: those with melasma, marking or birthmarks, say, often feel more comfortable in full coverage). But in hot ride out, I prefer to lighten things considerably. I alternate between Nars Unpolluted Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (£30, 30ml) for its high SPF (it doesn’t replace sun immunity, but adds belt to braces), creamy but oil-free texture and glowy, long-term finish; and Givenchy’s exceptional Teint Couture Balm (£31, 30ml), which has a less all right shade range (it goes neither light nor dark sufficient), but a bit more coverage and a line-blurring, plumping texture.

Broadening my repertoire for this column, I was cued how brilliant and well priced Mac Face and Body Foundation (£24.50, 50ml) is. This translucent, very natural-looking base has a shade for everyone, and hydrates all patterns without grease or chalkiness. It blends easily, layering comfortably in areas where you’d like a little more coverage (mix with moisturiser, if you’d congenial even less). I don’t know why Mac doesn’t shout louder in all directions what is arguably its most iconic product.

Newer is the costly Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (£50, 30ml). The name is misleading: I’d classify it as underlying more than tint. It does a similar job to the Givenchy, just via a more inclusive shade range, blending well and acceptable for everyone but the dry-skinned. Brand new and impressive – particularly if you want the finger and comfort of a tint, but the increased coverage of foundation – is CC+ Illumination (£30, 30ml), a ecstatic and improved version of IT Cosmetics’ bestselling CC+ Cream. There’s no flatness, but also no glitter, be off skin bright and even all day. It contains physical sunscreens, absconding it a great choice for those with chemical SPF sensitivity or rosacea, which is again aggravated by sun and left visible by other foundation lightweights.

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