SK-II’s Cellumination Mask-In Lotion and Facial Treatment Foundation

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Going pro: Dotti, SK-II skincare expert and Cate Blanchett's makeup artist

Chances are, you already adore SK-II, the skincare brand known for its exclusive Pitera ingredient (discovered 30 years ago when a scientist noticed the elderly workers at a Japanese sake brewery had luminous skin and wrinkle-free hands!) and fronted by Cate Blanchett, who swears she uses the line herself.

Well, prepare to be equally enamored with the brand's latest launches: Facial Treatment Cream Foundation and Cellumination Mask-In Lotion, both infused with the revolutionary glow-getting ingredient.

Available in five shades, the Facial Treatment Cream Foundation promises the skin-pampering benefits of a treatment and the radiant coverage of a cream foundation—sans the heavy look the name implies.

Its unique base formula and powerful humectants keep skin hydrated for 24 hours, and phyto-sterols derived from marine seaweed and rice keep skin extra soft and supple.

The Facial Treatment Cream Foundation is a must for all seasons, since hydration is key year-round, Cate Blanchett's makeup artist Dotti, tells FashionEtc.

Her best-kept secret to applying it correctly? "I always use a brush to apply, followed with my hands to get the desired effect," she says. "When applying a base, a light touch is the best approach. You can always build a base up to the desired finish." Anything else starts to look overdone.

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SK-II's Cellumination Mask-In Lotion, $75, and Facial Treatment Cream Foundation, $95; available at

Next up: The Cellumination Mask-In Lotion. The first "pre-lotion" that works like a mask in addition to its skin-conditioning powers, it's a mega-moisturizer and instant luminizing mask in one, to be applied in the morning and again at night.

Its radiance-boosting ingredients (including Pitera, of course) begin to work within 15 seconds of application—and, over time, the benefits continue.

"Cellumination Mask-In Lotion is best applied after [Facial Treatment Essence], or for those who choose to use it on its own, I apply it before moisturizer," Dotti explains. "What makes this such a great product is, with continual use, you do see the difference. Not only [in terms of] refined skin texture, but also a softness to the touch."

The secret to radiant, Hollywood-worthy skin is also about maintenance, Dotti says. Add these skin-nourishing luminizers to a great exercise program—not to mention, all the H20 you should be drinking—and your skin will be glowing in no time.

Both the Facial Treatment Cream Foundation ($95) and Cellumination Mask-In Lotion ($75) are available at all SK-II counters and on