YSL Cushion Smear
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Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore (HB):What’s your professional tip for using Le Cushion Encre de Peau?

Lloyd Simmonds (LS): You can’t get it wrong – the only thing you need to remember is a light touch for the press and stamp. It only takes a little pressure to transfer the product onto the cushion – it doesn’t drip and it doesn’t smudge, it’s mobile and it’s fast, and it really is that easy. My other tip for a “real-skin” finish is to use Le Cushion Encre de Peau where you need it, and only where you need it.

HB: So where should we apply Le Cushion Encre de Peau?

LS: It’s so light, and so versatile, that it’s hard to make mistakes. My advice, however, is a little ink application around the nose and center of the face where you might want to cover redness – you naturally need less coverage on the sides of the face. Avoid falling into the trap of covering the entire face with one all-over “skin ink”. You really don’t need to, particularly with a finish like Cushion Encre de Peau that blends so beautifully and seamlessly into a real skin texture.

HB: What kind of finish can we create with Le Cushion Encre de Peau?

LS: That’s what I love about Le Cushion Encre de Peau: not just that it’s a “no-brainer”, but that it gives the user more freedom in how they want to create their perfect base. A quick, light touch will create a wonderful translucent finish which fills the skin with light, making it great for day time. If you want coverage, tap and don’t rub extra product using a rolling motion.

HB: Can we take Le Cushion Encre de Peau from day to night then?

LS: Yes. What’s great about this product is that it can be layered up, so you don’t need to carry extra foundation around in your handbag if you need fuller coverage later in the day. Apply a long-lasting light veil in the morning, and build up coverage after dark for your evening look. Finish with Touche Éclat if you want to perfect the under eye area. Le Cushion Encre de Peau really is a nomadic makeup tool.

HB: Can any skin type use Le Cushion Encre de Peau?

LS: Using the same Le Cushion Encre de Peau, you can expect luminosity, without skin, and staying powder, without opaque fillers. And so, with a light, cooling moisturiser and a finish that stays true for hours, I would say that it suits all skin types.

HB: Who is the woman wearing Le Cushion Encre de Peau?

LS: A woman who loves luxury, but doesn’t want to over-complicate things. She likes fantasy in her makeup, but she also loves simplicity. Fast, mobile and efficient, Le Cushion Encre de Peau is part of a new generation of makeup products developed to make a routine super easy, including our existing hybrids like Baby Doll Kiss & Blush. This is for the woman who wants her makeup to work hard, but also wants ease, neatness and modernity in her kit.

YSL Beauté Le Cushion Encre de Peau is $88.