Beauty Hacks

These make up filters are the nearest thing to real-life Instagram

If you think about it, Instagram filters are sort of like an extension of our make-up – slightly enhancing what’s already there. So why not cut out the middle men and pick products that have a filter effect in real life? We’ve selected our most-favourite blurring, highlighting and ‘soft-focus finish-bestowing’ essentials, to get skin selfie-ready in a flash.

For a Valencia-esque glow…

If you’re suffering from uneven skin tone or a dull complexion, {BECCA} have your back with their {First Light Priming Filter} – its hydrating formula has a flattering lavender tint. How does it work? We’re glad you asked – this sheer tint complements your natural skin tone to brighten and invigorate, while neutralising grey or ashy tones. One Cult Beauty customer said that this gave her ‘grown up’ skin a youthful lease of life… we’ll take that.

For the professional polish of X Pro II …

Want the type of skin that looks like you travel with your own team of make up artists and a lighting crew? Let us introduce you to Kevyn Aucoin’s {The Neo-Setting Powder} – the latest launch from the maestros of ‘red carpet make up’. This triple-milled powder bestows a delicate veil of blurring pigment to minimise pores and imperfections without caking or creasing; the perfect finishing touch to your foundation or just to brighten up a bare complexion. (Tip: ZOEVA’s {Powder Brush} will make application a breeze).

For a healthy sun-kissed Early Bird allure … 

We do love a bit of ‘Early Bird’ to make us look like we’ve spent two weeks in St. Tropez, so in its honour we’ve picked Charlotte Tilbury’s {Unisex Healthy Glow} which grants a believable, sun-drenched effect. It’s essential for hangovers, stressful weeks, endless winters and any other time you need to transform a tired, ‘haunted’ visage with a healthy-looking tan. Better still, it’s got imperfection-blurring micro-spheres and is oil-free so won’t smother your skin.

For Amaro-level brightness…

Sometimes our skin needs a little lift and better than a Fairy Godmother’s magic wand is {BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector}. It blurs imperfections and imbues skin with a backlit radiance – slather over bare skin for subtle radiance, or use it as a highlighter for cheeks, corners of the eyes and anywhere else the light naturally strikes. With a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients – including nourishing avocado oil, protective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory witch hazel – it also supplements your skin care.

For the flaw-blurring effect of Mayfair…

Whether it’s redness, dark shadows or pigmentation, Laura Geller’s clever colour-correcting {Filter Finish Baked Radiance Setting Powder} is a patchwork palette of yellow, peach, violet and green to even out, brighten and blur like nobody’s business. The super-fine powder pigments don’t settle in creases or clog pores, and it’s ideal for ‘fixing’ your base, or too add a subtle, photo-ready veil to naked faces.

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Verity Ann Douglas

Verity Ann Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…