Before applying any colour, I always create a fresh canvas – a flawless finish.
– Laura Mercier
Here are the four steps and products which Laura Mercier recommends for a natural-looking visage.
Step 1: Prime the Skin
As one of the first brands to introduce foundation primers to the beauty world, this is an important Laura Mercier step. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer not only ensures that makeup goes on smoothly and stays fresh, “it also forms a barrier between your skincare and makeup, promoting their integrity,” says Tayaba Jafri, International Director of Artistry and Promotions for Laura Mercier.
Step 2: Apply Foundation
Foundation makes skin look more even-toned and can also add a healthy glow. The signature product of the brand, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, is often recommended for a natural finish.
Step 3: Conceal
Concealer can reduce the appearance of blemishes and skin imperfections, sometimes even obscuring them. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage has two blendable concealer shades to help you achieve the coverage you need.
Step 4: Set with Powder
To prolong the carefully applied base makeup, set everything with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. This will reduce shine and helps your look to last.
I’ve used Laura Mercier in the past and am glad to revisit the brand, thanks to its re-entrance into Singapore. I’m currently enjoying the four products mentioned above.
I like the lightness of the Foundation Primer and how its formula is perfect with that of the Tinted Moisturizer (no balling or streaking). Despite its name, the latter does give adequate coverage and behaves pretty much like a foundation, making my skin look more even-toned. The concealer looks dry in the pan but it actually has slip for smooth layering but isn’t so emollient that it slides everywhere. The colours seem to rectify discolouration and have a subtle brightening effect on my undereye area. Its makeup tool counterpart, the Secret Camouflage Brush, blends and applies the product evenly; its precise tip concealing shadows in the inner corners.
Lastly, the Loose Setting Powder is so finely-milled that it sets makeup without caking and imparts a natural finish. I apply it with the Camouflage Powder Brush which is pliable yet firm, great for dusting the undereye area with the powder. I’d even use the brush for applying foundation in select areas.
I like how this combination gives me a my-skin-but-better appearance. The oil control is decent enough (say, 4 hours or so?), though it could be more enduring. The brand does carry oil-free foundations and an oil-free primer but I haven’t tried them yet.
Laura Mercier base makeup comes in a variety of formulas to suit different needs but here’s a Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit (S$105) to get you started.
This comprehensive set contains:
- Foundation Primer
- Tinted Moisturizer
- Undercover Pot (concealer duo + loose powder)
- Secret Camouflage Brush
- Camouflage Powder Brush
- Velour Puff
- Egg-shaped Sponge
Here’s a short video from Sephora US, demonstrating how to use the products.
Do look out for the Laura Mercier Flawless Kit giveaway that I’ll be hosting soon. In the meantime, stay flawless! ;)
Image and video sources: Laura Mercier Singapore and Sephora US