Chameleon cosmetics: New products that adapt to your skin tone


Having problems picking the right make-up shade for you

Then look out for the flurry of intuitive, colour-adapting cosmetics hitting the High Street.

Taking the guesswork out of shade-matching, these products contain a ‘magic’ polymer that reacts to changes in the pH (the measure of acidity) and moisture levels.

Dior's Rosy Glow blush

Collection 2000's Colour Match Foundation

From left: Dior's Rosy Glow blush and Collection 2000's Colour Match Foundation

Causing a chemical reaction with the
unique properties of your skin, they self-adjust upon contact to
complement your individual, one-in-a-million colouring.

The result: Foundations adapt to seamlessly match your complexion and lipsticks, and blushes alter in depth to look their most flattering.

While Stila became the pioneers for pH-based powders, with their cult-worthy Custom Colour Blush, 13 (Boots), other brands have since followed suit. Rimmel, L’Oreal Paris, Clarins, Smashbox and Pixi Beauty have all bought into the technology.

In February, Topshop prepares to introduce their Crystal Lip Shine, a transparent gloss that turns pink on application and Givenchy launches two new shades of their Magic Lip & Cheek Balm.

For your own clever cosmetics starter kit, begin with a blendable base such as Collection 2000’s Colour Match Foundation, 5.99 (nationwide).

Add a pop of pink courtesy of Dior’s one-sweep-suits-all Rosy Glow blush, 29.50 (Selfridges).

And finally, master the trickiest of all colour-matches — the red lip — with DuWop’s foolproof Private Red Lipstick, 18 (