For a basic face, a good foundation and a little color will do the trick. But for a truly ‘flawless’ face — unless you’re blessed with perfect skin — you’re going to need a little extra help. Here are my top picks for getting the job done… flawlessly:
FACE: By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow
This fantastic formula works to both blend out imperfections (by bouncing light off the skin) and CORRECT them… all while serving as the perfect matte base for foundation application. Plus, it smells absolutely wonderful (like roses). I started using this the minute I discovered it… and really haven’t stopped. It goes under any foundation that has a ‘shine’ to it, or may cause my oily skin to break it down.
EYES: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
I’ve been through a lot of concealers, but I keep coming back to this one. The yellow based color (I’m NC42) is perfect for my skin. It blends out easily, and never creases or feathers. Whenever I need to ‘wake up’ the area around my eyes, this always does the trick. I love it.
COLOR CORRECTION: Bobbi Brown Color Corrector
I won’t specify a color, because I use them all… depending on my needs. It’s the FORMULA that makes this color corrector so excellent. It’s thick and really ‘binds’ to the skin, imitating it in terms of look and feel. I love this stuff. I use peach and light peach sometimes for concealer and to get my brows in the perfect shape… and I use deep bisque for any discolorations that I might have on my face at any given time. It always blends perfectly with the rest of my foundation/concealer application, and leaves a flawless finish.
HIGHLIGHT: By Terry Touche Veloutee
There’s still nothing else like this on the market in terms of performance, payoff, and price. This stuff is a must have for me. I use it for so many different things… I’ve gone through three tubes in the last year. The beauty of this product is that it both highlights and conceals. But I’ve also used it correct makeup color, or add an extra layer over a stubborn area that needs more ‘light’ to diffuse it. It’s wonderful stuff… really.
PRIMER: Bare Minerals Eyelid Primer
I’m still not the biggest fan of eyelid primers, but I’ll make an exception for this little beauty. Here’s why: It doesn’t overly matte out the shadow that you place on top of it, and it sets clear. One of my pet peeves about primers is that they can sometimes turn matte shadows into ‘chalky’ representations of themselves. But this primer goes on quickly, sets clear, and really ‘primes’ the eye… not dries it out. I’ve used it more often than not on clients who need a look to stay beyond the time of an average photoshoot. This primer has definitely made a convert out of me.
That’s it! Those are my top picks for ‘helpers’ for 2011. Ciao for now!