We like getting more than we bargained for. Who doesn’t? So this month at THE FILE HQ, we’ve been trying-out the new wave of products designed to correct, brighten and, well, beautify you while you wear them. We hate that word, but there’s not really any other way to put it.

We’re talking the ultimate multi-taskers here, people – stuff made to cover your problem areas, and fix them too.

Think foundation with a built-in serum to feed your skin the good stuff throughout the day, mascara that tints your lashes too, and concealer that fades your spots while you get on with it.

Yeah, we thought you’d like that, so we’ll cut to the chase.

Here the 5 you need to know about:

Lancome Expert Shield Make-up Base

You know the drill —> sunscreen before anything else. We’re seriously obsessed with this makeup base and SPF 50+all-in-one.

It doesn’t leave us looking sick/white like most sunscreens, and it feels super lightweight once its on. The dewy texture also makes the perfect primer for our foundation.

BareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Hello Vitamin C hit! We’re all about this serum-foundation hybrid that gives our skin a boost while we wear it.

Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer

This super concealer not only stays-put all day long, but fades dark spots and scarring over time. #winning

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

What can’t this stuff do? Use it to prep your lashes pre-mascara and tint your lashes over time, or over mascara to set it in place and minimise smudging.


YSL Volupte Tint in Oil

This feels like heaven on our lips, and looks like it too (if we may say so ourselves). It instantly makes them feel more nourished, more hydrated, more healthy… and the subtle glossy finish makes them pretty much double in size. Boom.