Cushion foundation: the Korean beauty craze that will revolutionize your make-up

Known for their love of skincare routines and passion for natural-looking beauty, the latest Korean beauty trend is cushion foundation. What is it, and should we be swapping out our regular coverage for cushion foundation?
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Cushion technology coming from Korea has really changed the make-up game
Lisa Eldridge Creative Director of Make-up Lancôme International https://youtu.be/TmCS8PRx7NI

Stored in a compact-sized casing, ideal for the on-the-go woman, cushion foundation contains a liquid formula that is absorbed like a sponge through a "cushion". This liquid is then applied to the skin using a pad. Lancôme offers three coverage options that use this revolutionary cushion technology!

A light and dewy finish

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For a light, natural-looking and luminous finish that can be easily topped up throughout the day, Lancôme's award-winning(2) Miracle Cushion is the cushion foundation for you. The sheer coverage can be built up using the pad, without the foundation looking built-up on the skin.

For higher coverage

Teint Idole Ultra Cushion

Comforting & long-lasting compact foundation cushion with flawless high-coverage.
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If you're already a fan of Teint Idole Ultra Wear liquid foundation, you're going to love the cushion version! Offering long-lasting high coverage without the complicated application technique involved with fluid foundation, the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation also contains SPF 50 to protect skin against harmful UV rays.

A fresh flush of color

Cushion Blush Subtil

Cooling cushion blush - Vibrant color - Buildable intensity
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Once you've built up your coverage, give your skin a burst of radiance with a pretty cushion blush. Lancôme's Cushion Blush Subtil, like the cushion foundations, can be built up in intensity. The light liquid formula leaves skin feeling fresh and looking instantly brighter. Available in three color families – red fruits, rose pastels and corals – for any skin tone or make-up look.

How to use cushion foundation: step by step

One of the reasons why cushion foundation is so popular is thanks to its ease of use.

Step 1

Dab a minimal amount of product onto the pad (or "puff"). Cushion foundation is formulated to be built up in thin layers, so less is more.

Step 2

Apply the foundation to your skin using quick patting movements. Build up as much as desired for higher coverage, or focus on problem areas.

Step 3

Gently bend the puff in two when applying to hard-to-reach areas like around the nose and under the eyes.

Step 4

For a perfect finish, lightly dust a pressed powder or a bronzing powder like Belle de Teint over your complexion after applying your cushion foundation. Think you've got your head around cushion foundation? These quick Dos and Don'ts will help you remember the most important details about this Korean beauty craze.
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Cushion foundation Dos and Don'ts

DONT

sweep the cushion foundation across your face: this risks leaving a streaky effect that doesn't blend into the skin.

DO

use the pad to pat the foundation into the skin: for the best, most natural-looking coverage, experts recommend patting, or dabbing, the product over the complexion, neck and collarbone area.

DONT

overload the pad with foundation: cushion foundation is all about subtly. Too much product on the pad can smear and not blend.

DO

build up layers to get optimum coverage: pat the cushion foundation over the skin, leave a few seconds then repeat. You can even "top up" your cushion foundation coverage throughout the day!

You ask, we answer!

What questions are beauty fans asking about cushion foundation?

“What other beauty products use cushion technology?”

Did you know, Lancôme also uses cushion technology for lip color! The innovative Matte Shaker and Juicy Shaker liquid lipsticks also use pillow-soft cushions as applicators. Like with cushion foundation, the color is patted over the lips to gradually build up the intensity. Celebrity fans of these Lancôme lip tints include Taylor Hill!

“What cushion foundation should I use to cover my blemishes?”

If you suffer from breakouts, have scars or uneven pigmentation (red blotches, under-eye circles etc.), we recommend starting with a primer such as La Base Pro, followed by a cushion foundation with high coverage such as Teint Idole Ultra Cushion.

“What cushion foundation is best for a barely-there make-up look?”

If, like many Koreans, you love a "no-make-up" make-up look, Miracle Cushion is for you! After having applied your cushion foundation, a few pats of Cushion Blush Subtil will bring healthy radiance to your face. Finish with a barely-there lip color like one from the new L’Absolu Gloss collection.

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