How to: Perfect your skin tone with the Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator

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By Gwen Ong

How to: Perfect your skin tone with the Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator

A healthy glow is what most of us desire when it comes to our skin. However, not many of us are blessed in the good complexion department, like yours truly. My skin tends to be blotchy and lacklustre. To help achieve a fresher look, I tried out the Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator recently. This colour-correcting compact combines finely milled particles with light-reflecting pigments to bring luminosity to any complexion and give skin a fresh-looking appearance.

Originally launched in 1917, Shiseido’s Artistic Director Dick Page has recreated the seven colours to seamlessly blend into a wide range of skin tones. So, the powder can be used to balance, highlight and contour the face. 

Interestingly, like the seven colours of the rainbow, each powder represents a meaning so may your day be brighter:

Lily to symbolise pureness and confidence
Peony to symbolise feminity, good luck
Lavender to symbolise physical and mental healing
Primula (or golden yellow) to symbolise clarity, good faith and reliability
Honey to symbolise creativity, success and happiness
Peach to symbolise honesty and support
Caramel to symbolise strength and warmth

Watch below on how best to apply the Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator:


1) To begin, after washing and toning the face, prep your skin with the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. The pre-serum helps to protect the skin against pollution and UV rays. Follow this with your usual skincare routine.

2) After putting on your base and eye makeup, let’s apply the Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator. I use the combination of peony, lily and pink tones to brighten up my skin and to highlight my cheekbones. Then, I blend the honey, peach and caramel shades to contour my face and get that healthy glow. Lastly, a quick swirl around the palette and brush all over the face to control shine.

3) For the final step, I put on the Shiseido Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother to hide imperfections and cover large pores. This gives skin a matte finishing.


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