After the overindulgences of the holidays, one is left with skin that has, to put it mildly, seen some shit. Any concerns you may usually be troubled by will only have been aggravated by drinking prosecco at ten am, sleeping for around four hours a night and counting cheese as your main food group. If there’s any time a helping hand is needed, it’s now.

Which is why “blurring” products are such a January godsend. Something that filters out all the flaws, without looking cakey and overly makeuppy is hugely appealing right now. And although it may seem like a woolly concept, there are genuinely products which do what seems so unlikely. Without further ado, here they are.

To start are the under-makeup helpers: namely the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Indeed Labs Nanoblur. The former is a melty, oily gel with light gold sparkle. Although that is literally a perfect description of it, it doesn’t really do it justice. Smoothed onto the skin it’s basically imperceptible after a few seconds, but pores are minimized, texture diminished, and everything looks brighter and more hydrated. It’s luxe, but if you’re feeling grey it does serious wonders.

Nanoblur is a moisturizer-looking white cream, but don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance. It’s magic. After you rub it in, skin feels so smooth it almost seems laminated. Pores vanish, fine lines seem to relax, and foundation applies like a dream. You can also pat the product over makeup to reduce cake-face, fill in areas of texture and generally refresh a makeup look.

If primer isn’t your bag, a blurring base may be more up your street. The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur is small but mighty. It has a semi matte finish, so is perhaps better for an oilier complexion, and boasts SPF 50. The effect on pores is noticeable, but where it really shines is actually in terms of fine lines. Skin looks plump, natural and soft-focus. And like all cushion products, it’s a total dream to apply and can be done on the bus.

For a dewier look, the Givenchy Teint Couture Blurring Foundation Balm is fantastic. It’s fairly thick and emollient, but with medium, never-cakey coverage. This is particularly great for those whose texture is a result of dryness or dehydration. It smooths down flakes and plumps out fine lines, while adding a sheeny, non-sparkly radiance. The downside? Terribly non-inclusive shades.

Another fantastic blur product with similar shade issues is the La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur. This is ideal for those who have some acne probs but dislike the feel of foundation and don’t necessarily want heavy coverage. It’s pretty incredible, actually. One swipe and it’s perfectly blended, and it somehow covers to an almost-full level without looking like you’re wearing makeup at all. It also lasts well and fades gracefully, while offering SPF 20. And it’s not that expensive.

A blurring finishing powder is a great option for softening a full coverage look, adding radiance to an overly matte face, or adding a final flaw-minimizing layer to an already blurred out complexion. Two which are fantastic are the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish and the Too Faced Peach Blur. The former offers a light layer of coverage, and a soft focus, cashmere finish. The latter, adds more subtle radiance and a soft glow, reflecting light and deflecting attention from imperfections.

A final wildcard is the Nudestix Blur Pencil. It’s designed as a sort of imperfection eraser for over makeup – simply scribble over fine lines or textured patches and watch them disappear. Sounds weird, but it actually works. This is thanks to its high hyaluronic acid content, which has an immediate plumping effect. I also love this around the edge of lipstick to give a soft focus, just-been-kissed pout. Because, as we all know, the ultimate distraction from skin issues is misdirection through a strategically applied bright lip.

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