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Diorskin Nude Tan

From his very first Cruise collections, Christian Dior invented a summery elegance that goes with the fresh refinement of bare, softly sun-kissed skin. This inspiration came in part from his childhood in Granville, France, a seaside town on the coast of Normandy. His family would spend summer vacations in an stately summer home overlooking the coast and boasting sprawling gardens. Christian would spend hours outdoors sketching landscapes and selling them for 10 cents each. His vision of sun-kissed skin was elegant and subtle as captured in the modern-day Dior makeup collections.

Dior has become renowned for its nude makeup know-how in recent years thanks to lightweight textures and perfect colour matching. That is evident in the new Diorskin Nude Tan Matte launch, an ultra-matte powder enriched with mineral pigments to reflect a radiant glow. Why matte powder? Simply because melanin, the skin’s natural colouring is never shimmery. This is a pure, raw tan effect, with no artifice. It comes in two skin-matching shades, golden and rosy, to create the most subtle suntanned look. This is not the Miami Glow made famous by Jennifer Lopez. It’s subtle and refined.

The science behind the launch is interesting: translucent mineral prisms reveals the skin’s texture and complexion. They are photo-adaptable which means they ensure a radiant complexion in any light. Earlier versions of matte tanning powders looked fantastic in natural light but could look ashy in artificial lighting. Thankfully, this has been corrected.

Dior Pro Artists recommend pairing this matte powder with a BB Creme. The Nude Tan BB Creme acts as a skin-perfecting base to hydrate, smoothen and protect skin.

Diorskin Nude Tan Matte Sun Powder retails for $54 and is available at thebay.com