But, I think I've found something that helps me look a bit more human, it's this stuff:
Guerlain Terracotta Skin Foundation. Now, I'm not one for fake tan, being about as low-maintenance as you can be and still call yourself a beauty blogger, but sometimes, I admit, I do need help. And this stuff is wonderful. It's not a fake tan, it's not quite a foundation, but rather something in between. It comes in two shades, 1 - Blondes and 2 - Brunettes. I have both.
Let me show you:
Possibly the least appetising swatches I've ever posted on Get Lippie, but bear with me. As you can see 1 on the left is a little paler, and peachier, and 2 on the right is a little darker, and slightly more, dare I say it ... orange? Incidentally, a little of this stuff goes a long, long way, and the amount you see on the back of my hand there is probably enough to cover at least four faces.
You apply it as you would a normal foundation or tinted moisturiser, and, because it's chock-full of silicones (so if you're sensitive to them, avoid this at all costs), you won't need a primer, or powder, and it will do a wonderful job of smoothing out both your skintone, and your pores. Once blended it will just give you a hint of whisper light colour, which looks natural and healthy:
Um, yeah, so natural and healthy you can't even see it. Let's try that again, shall we?
Why, yes, I do spend my Wednesday evenings raising my eyebrows in the bathroom mirror and belming at myself, thank you. And I know I'm not alone ... Now, admittedly, this is a good 14 hours after I applied No 2 (Brunette), but my skin is still showing colour. And it's a vast improvement on the pale grey I was at 7am yesterday morning. Yes, I'm a bit shiny (and for the love of god do not enlarge that picture and look at my pores, I implore you!) and it's showing a few red bits around my nose, but, I remind you that I am still, you know, ill. Also, this picture was taken with a flash, which would normally wash me out even further, so the fact that I'm still looking even vaguely human is a miracle. When I use the 1 - Blonde version, the finish is just a little paler, but still humanising.
For reference, this is how I looked before I applied it:
This reminds me a great deal of my beloved Armani Face Fabric foundation, which is another chock-full of silicones beauty that works wonders on my knackered mush. The Terracotta Skin foundation is something I'm going to get a lot of usage out of this year, especially now that I've discovered that No2 is perfect for covering up my high colouring. Win-win!
Pros - easy to use, literally 30 seconds or so to apply, natural colour, great for hiding patches of high colouring, de-zombifies, smoothes skin, little goes a very long way don't need a primer, almost entirely fool-proof and perfect for fake-tan scaredy cats, don't need an exact match for your skin colour.
Cons - very sheer coverage (so not perfect for blemish-prone skin), no SPF, pricey - £33 at time of writing - quite a small tube, will need powder in hot weather.
Guerlain Terracotta Skin Foundation is, for me - this year, a must-have. Just don't forget to blend it down your neck all the way down to your chest otherwise you'll look a bit odd.
The Fine Print: One of these was a PR sample, and I was so impressed I went straight out and bought the other shade. Which is which? Who knows, and I no longer care ...
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