The beauty in the base: How to get flawless-looking skin

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If your skin is looking a little tired, red, or not-quite-clear after a summer of indulgence, you're not alone.

Luckily, faking flawless skin and bringing out the best in your complexion is easier than you might think. Whether you're hoping to cover imperfections or master the matte look, we've rounded up the best new launches and cult favourites to help you get the perfect base. From Bobbi Brown's new Retouching Franchise to the must-have Beautyblender, browse our edit then head in store from 12 - 25th September for our Meet Our Experts event where the best in beauty will be sharing their top tips on all things makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care and more…

With 14 shades to pick from, Guerlain has relaunched its most iconic foundation with an updated formula made to last longer while still looking natural. We love the fresh and light texture which acts like a second skin, fusing onto and smoothing the contours of the face with natural stretch, silk and linen fibres as well as hydrating agents to bring softness and comfort all day long. Simply apply a few drops to the face and blend in with your fingertips or favourite foundation brush, moving from the middle of the face outward for flawless looking skin that won't weight you down.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau, £38.50, is available at Fenwick Brent CrossCanterburyColchesterKingstonLeicesterNewcastleTunbridge WellsWindsor & York

While foundation is crucial to getting the right look, what you do to prep is just as important. Introducing Sisley's Double Tenseur Instant & Long-Term, a perfecting product that lifts facial features while visibly smoothing and moisturising thanks to its stretching formula with a powerful combination of plant-based active ingredients. Massage onto your skin in the morning to instantly look fresher and more rested, and let it act as a base for your makeup to make it last throughout the day.

Sisley Double Tenseur Instant & Long-Term, £111; available at Fenwick Bond StreetColchesterKingstonLeicesterNewcastle & Windsor

Nobody knows flawless makeup better than Bobbi Brown, and with two new instant skin-perfecting formulas from the beauty guru on the market as part of her Retouching Franchise, you'll be ready for your #nofilter closeup in no time. Both the Retouching Face Pencil and Retouching Wand, designed for all skin tones, create a flawless, even complexion with a natural finish. The multi-use pencil highlights your favourite features or retouches imperfections (bye bye, redness, dark spots and shadows) while the weightless cover-up/foundation hybrid Retoucing Wand erases the look of imperfections, neutralises redness and evens skin-tone for undetectable but polished coverage.

Bobbi Brown Retouching Pencil, £22, and Retouching Wand, £26.50; Available at Fenwick Bond StreetCanterburyKingstonNewcastle & Tunbridge Wells

For your beauty fix on the go, Lancôme's luxurious new cushion foundation and blush are the answer this season. In a variety of nine shades, the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation features Cushion Polar technology designed to adapt to a thicker, creamier texture offering higher coverage, perfect for the days where your complexion could use a little extra help. Better yet, the moisturising formula includes SPF 50 to protect against UV rays. Once you've got your base, get a healthy glow by applying one of six shades of the smooth the light Cushion Blush Subtil, 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion, £30, and Cushion Blush Subtil, £28; Available at Fenwick Bond StreetBracknellBrent CrossCanterburyColchesterKingstonLeicesterNewcastleTunbridge WellsWindsor & York

If being kind to your skin with 'barely there' makeup is more your style, the new Superbalanced Silk Makeup SPF15 from Clinique is one to watch. Providing flawless, silky coverage while feeling weightless on your skin, the formula mattifies oily areas while hydrating dry patches and protecting with SPF. Ideal for dry combination, combination oily or oily skin types, Superbalanced even works to diffuse the look of pores, lines and wrinkles. 

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup SPF 15, £23; Available at: Bond StreetBracknellBrent CrossCanterburyColchesterKingstonLeicesterNewcastleTunbridge WellsWindsor & York

Chances are you've seen this egg-shaped cult favourite around, but if you haven't yet taken the plunge, you're missing out. The Beautyblender is the ultimate makeup sponge applicator, designed to help you access hard-to-reach areas and leave you with a professional streak-free finish without wasting your favourite makeup. What's more, the product is latex free, non-allergenic and odour free.

Beautyblender, £16; Available at Fenwick Bond StreetCanterburyKingston & Windsor

Have an event in the calendar that calls for some extra staying power? We're reaching for the new bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation to keep us photo ready, proven to stay put for 12 hours. The ultra-smooth, silky texture comes in 20 shades, is breathable and delivers a natural matte finish without the caked-on look or feel. The dermatologist-tested micro-mesh formula, formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals, won't clog pores or cause breakouts and is clinically shown to improve skin clarity and control shine. Use the sponge or opt for the retractable bareMinerals Core Coverage Brush, which provides fast, detailed coverage for an airbrushed finish.

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation, £27, and Core Coverage Brush, £24; Available at: BracknellBrent CrossCanterburyKingstonNewcastleTunbridge Wells & York

By Alison Millington