Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin just seem to bring it when it comes to products that seamlessly weave their way into your everyday routine. The Sculpting Powder in Medium, The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil – oh have I not mentioned the last one before? That will be popping up soon, but you get the jist. Kick-ass products that leave you scratching your head as to what you used before them. Their Sensual Skin Enhancer doesn’t so much fit into that category. It’s a thick, full-coverage foundation cream that when placed into the wrong hands can create cake-face in seconds. However duo-ed with a gentle touch, informed technique and a few other products it can be pretty much whatever you want it to be. With the wisdom of Graziella from my Space NK makeover ringing in my ears I got to work…

At its most basic use The Sensual Skin Enhancer (I have the shade SX05), works as a full coverage foundation. Although the texture is thick, it’s creamy and if you don’t mind a hell of a load of pigment and blending, blending and more blending, then this could be its main function for you. I find it a little too covering for my tastes and reserve its neat formula for pin-point concealing or bringing down areas of redness pre-tinted moisturiser. To make it more suitable for the under eyes it’s time to get your mixology on. Combine with a lighter coverage concealer like Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener* to oomph up the circle-zapping power or add to a dab of eye cream to create a skincare/concealer hybrid – I pair it with the gel-like Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex*. A technique that Graziella used at my Space NK makeover was to blend it with Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser. This is how I’ve found it most practical to use. It bumps up the coverage of the tinted moisturiser and the glow-giving properties of the Laura Mercier help to take away the risk of an overly matte look. Taking it one step down in the coverage stakes, you can mix it alone with your usual daytime moisturiser – I find it to work well with La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Mat. Graziella also pointed out that peachy hues in the range can be applied as correctors and by opting for a shade a few rungs up from your natural colouring you can use The Sensual Skin Enhancer to contour or bronze depending on its tone.

You see? A little tub of multitasking goodness for £36 available from Space NK. Perhaps not the most everyday-friendly offering, but a fancily functional toy for makeup mavens or artists to have a play with. Now where did I put my compact of The Creamy Glow? I just have to share this one with ya…

*PR Sample