Airbrushed skin; we see it in magazines and social media all the time but is it possible to emulate it in real life?
The quick answer to that question, of course, is no. Not unless there's been some kind of amazing real time, real life photoshop product launched that we don't know about. The thing is, we're all getting savvier about the trickeries used in advertising and know that completely poreless skin isn't natural. At this stage, we've learned to take things with a pinch of salt. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. But that doesn't stop us still wanting a smooth complexion, does it?
There are ways to create smoother looking skin which doesn't require a studio, lighting, photographer and makeup artist. And one of them is a little secret weapon I always have in my pro kit bag.
At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking the NARS Instant Line and Pore Perfector (€26) is a lip balm but it's not, it's much better than that. It's a specialist stick, designed to be used for smoothing skin, refining the look of pores and fine lines. Sort of like a primer, but for more targeted used rather than all over the face.
Infused with vitamin A, C and E, the light texture melts into skin to leave it comfortably matte, without being dry. I use it for smoothing out any areas on the skin where there are visible pores as it creates a perfect base for foundation or concealer. It also works a treat around the lip line to stop lipstick feathering.
So while we might not be able to completely cheat the look of airbrushed skin, this is certainly going to help along the way.