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Which foundation is best for my skin?

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
which is the best foundation of them all?

A natural-looking, even, smooth and radiant complexion... that’s what all women dream of!
But not all skin has the same needs: every woman has a different foundation according to her skin type, colour and age.

Developed with all the skincare expertise of Clarins Laboratories, our foundations offer you flawless make-up results. And it doesn’t stop there! Because a perfect complexion begins with healthy skin, Clarins extracts the best of plants to infuse each of their foundations with goodness, so that the skin exudes well-being and beauty.

A variety of shades and different coverages, holds, and textures are available for each skin type... Find out how to choose your perfect match for a glowing complexion day after day!

01 Can a foundation also be a skincare product?

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Clarins foundations contain all the expertise of Clarins skincare products.

More than just makeup, each Clarins foundation is a genuine skin care product that beautifies, moisturises and protects your skin while letting it breathe. Their secret? These exceptional formulas are the results of the expertise from Clarins Laboratories - specialists in anti-ageing skincare products - and draw their effectiveness from the heart of nature to strengthen the skin barrier and enhance your natural beauty. Offering various levels of coverage, correcting blemishes and imperfections, masking fine lines, and available with a matte or barely-there finish, each foundation contains Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex, which protects the skin from everyday aggressions and preserves its natural radiance. Never has make-up taken such good care of skin!

02 Which foundation is best for a natural-looking and radiant glow?

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The illusion of bare skin, simply perfect.

Are you looking for radiant, glowing skin? Discover the irresistible bare skin effect of Skin Illusion SPF 15: a liquid foundation that provides subtle and luminous coverage and has a translucent finish. Its invisible serum texture envelops the skin yet leaves behind a nude sensation. A large shade range to suit every skin tone. At the heart of its formula, red jania extract, organic milk thistle oil and organic leaf of life work together to moisturise the skin and enhance the complexion. A few drops applied using your fingertips is enough to achieve a natural glow!

03 How can I mattify my skin and regulate excess sebum?

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Check out that shine!

Does your skin tend to look shiny, especially around the T-zone? Does it have small imperfections and excess oil that you could do without? Use Skin Illusion Velvet to get a velvet-effect matte complexion with an extremely natural finish! Developed with the same high standards as a face cream, Skin Illusion Velvet is Clarins' only long-lasting foundation that reduces shine in minutes. A true scientific feat from Clarins Laboratories, its formula, boasting many plant extracts, evens out and enhances the complexion, reduces shine and blurs imperfections and pores. Say goodbye to small imperfections: your skin is more beautiful day after day!

04 Which foundation is best for a perfect complexion that lasts all day?

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A flawless complexion for 24 hours

Does life sometimes seem like a marathon? Clarins has developed Everlasting, the foundation that withstands the trials of everyday life. High coverage and a long lasting wear, it leaves your face looking flawless for 24 hours. Imperfections are smoothed and concealed, the complexion is mattified and evened out. A truly remarkable product that provides exceptional coverage, is lightweight and infuses the skin with moisture for unparalleled comfort. Its plant-based formula hydrates the epidermis, strengthens the skin's barrier and fights against the harmful effects of pollution, for more beautiful skin every day. You can take on any challenge: your complexion is always perfect! To thoroughly remove your foundation, use Clarins Total Cleansing Oil, a Clarins make-up remover that has been specially formulated to remove heavy

05 How can I brighten my complexion and reveal my skin's youth in a single step?

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The foundation that restores skin's youthful radiance

The result of 3 years of research by Clarins Laboratories, Everlasting Youth Fluid foundation is your partner for a fresh, ultra-bright, youthful complexion. It’s liquid foundation with a comfortable texture that brightens the complexion, blurs spots and erases imperfections thanks to its unique combination of pigments, rosy pearls and soft-focus powders. With time, its formula with chicory and red jania extracts enhances the skin's radiance while strengthening its firmness. A youth concentrate that combines the best of Clarins make-up and anti-wrinkle cream expertise.

06 Is it possible to put my foundation in a travel sized capsule?

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Just for you, Clarins has concentrated all of its expertise into a single-dose capsule that can be placed in your makeup bag and taken anywhere!

The newest complexion innovation developed by Clarins Laboratories, Milky Boost capsules contain the perfect amount of liquid foundation in a biodegradable plant-based shell. Take the capsule between two fingers, twist the cap and apply to the face using your fingertips: your complexion is unified, bright and radiant! Natural coverage and a satin finish for an irresistible glow... Thanks to their original formula enriched with plant extracts, these half-make-up, half-skincare capsules also infuse the skin with their goodness to awaken its beauty, application after application. Suitable for all skin types.
Another environmentally-friendly benefit: Milky Boost capsules are entirely eco-designed. With 94% ingredients of natural origin, a biodegradable shell and an infinitely refillable recycled glass jar, they combine all of Clarins' expertise to enhance your complexion, care for your skin and protect the planet.

07 How do I boost the radiance of my foundation?

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Get inspired by the art of professional mixology

Add a drop of Double Serum to your liquid foundation every day to boost its effectiveness: packed with 21 plant extracts, this iconic serum acts on all signs of ageing, evens out skin tone and revives the skin's vitality. A radiance booster, its non-greasy, silky, two-phase texture melts onto the skin, leaving it satiny-smooth and with an unparalleled glow. Combined with your foundation, it will dramatically increase its effectiveness for an incredibly radiant make-up result that's simply perfect! An expert tip which you can use to your heart's content so that you can have beautiful skin every day...

08 How to correctly apply liquid foundation.

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Option 1: using your fingers for a natural-looking result

Take a small amount of the product and warm it between your hands. With your fingertips, place some of the product in the centre of the face and then spread it outward in small circular motions. Make sure to blend well into the hairline, neck, nose, chin and eyebrows. Finish by lightly tapping the entire face.

Option 2: using a brush for higher coverage

A popular technique among professional makeup artists, applying foundation with a brush is more precise... as long as you use the right techniques. First and foremost, choose a wide, flat brush designed for foundation, which will distribute the product without it looking heavy. Place a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand, then dab a little onto the brush. Apply in small strokes and then spread over the entire face. Blend the remaining traces... and admire the result! Enhance your complexion with the intense Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D.

09 How to find the perfect foundation in just a few clicks?

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There is a Clarins foundation for every skin tone.

Having trouble choosing from the seemingly endless number of beiges, formulas and finishes? Clarins has created the perfect tool for you: The Clarins Foundation Finder. In just a few simple questions, find the perfect moisturising, correcting or coverage foundation and the ideal shade for your skin type and colour. Light coverage or a more intense hold. Matte or satiny finish. A velvety or second-skin, barely there feeling. Shades and undertones that perfectly match every colour of skin. The ultimate guide for a flawless complexion!

10 Which beauty routine should I follow for the perfect complexion?

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Start by using a Clarins exfoliating product twice a week to remove dead skin cells and reveal your skin’s natural radiance. Skin is soft, smooth and radiant, and ready to soak up your beauty products!

Next, apply a Clarins moisturising cream suited to your skin type. This is an essential step in your skincare routine as it ensures that your foundation is evenly distributed and perfectly blended onto the skin for a natural finish.

Your skin is now ready for your favourite foundation. Apply it using your fingertips or a brush. Make sure not to be heavy-handed...

The final touch: a little bit of anti-dark circle eye cream to brighten your look and mask imperfections. Your skin is perfect with or without make-up!

Your complexion is even, smooth and radiant. Simply perfect!


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