My skin began to defy me back in junior high, when pimples appeared
in my life, and did not leave until my junior year of high school. Since
I never wore sunscreen and subjected my skin to hours under the
menacing sun, my skin has brown spots that reveal my dirty little
secret. My skin is ruddy; the red ravages my cheeks.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’m blushing. Instead, I look like I got slapped in
But am I complaining? No, and I’m not crazy. I used to make myself
sick trying the latest and greatest product to make my face look
perfect. After thousands of dollars later, I realized that perfect skin
would never be mine. But I also realized that I didn’t have to suffer
anymore: make-up to the rescue!
- Clean your face with a mild face cleanser. You don’t need anything
fancy, but definitely stay away from soap, since soap ingredients can
be very drying. Classics like Cetaphil or Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial
Cleanser are affordable and get the job done.
- Apply a moisturizer on your face. This will keep your face soft and
your foundation will glide more smoothly over your skin. Use the right
moisturizer for your face — that means understanding what your skin type
is. Dry skin requires a hydrating formula that will prevent flaking and
tightness. A moisturizer specifically made for dry skin can also help
your face weather the elements, whether it’s excessive humidity or
extreme dry air. Oily skin can also be problematic. Look for
moisturizers that are oil-free. Many women have combination skin — a
mixture of dry and oily skin. There are many moisturizers that are
dedicated to combating combination skin. If your skin is sensitive, look
for moisturizing products that are gentle to your skin and are
hypoallergenic. A good, reliable moisturizer that will keep your face
hydrated is Clinque’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
- Apply SPF 15 or higher. This is an important step in any beauty
routine. The sun can wreak havoc on your skin and cause a lot of
problems, the most fatal of which is skin cancer. Apply sunscreen to
your face and neck. I like to use sun protection lotion specifically for
the face. While you’re at it, don’t forget to use sunscreen on body
parts that will be exposed to the sun: arms, legs, feet, and shoulders. A
cloudy day does not mean harmful UVA/UVB rays are not penetrating your
skin. Sun protection like Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face will protect your
- Use a primer to keep make-up on your face longer. Primers will
also help to fill in unevenness and pores, allowing foundation to go on
more smoothly. This will also help hydrate your skin, and you’ll notice a
difference in your skin’s texture. Use primers like Smashbox
Photofinish Foundation Primer or Revlon’s Beyond Natural Smoothing
- Use concealer. This helps to conceal blemishes and dark circles
under your eyes. When choosing a concealer, choose a color one shade
lighter than your skin color. Use a concealer brush to apply and blend
well. Bobbi Brown’s Concealer Kit can help you hide those dreaded dark
circles and other imperfections.
- Use a foundation that is a medium or full coverage foundation. Products
that reflect light will help your skin appear brighter and lighter.
Just like moisturizers, find a foundation that fits your skin type. Also
make sure you get the right color for your face. You don’t want a color
that is too dark or too light — your face will look odd and disjointed
from the rest of your body. Find a color that blends well with your skin
color. When testing foundation colors, apply a little bit to your jaw
line. You’ll be able to see how well the color blends into your face.
Testing foundation on the back of your hand or the back of your wrist
can be disastrous, as these body parts usually are not the same color as
your face. Foundations like bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation can perfect
your skin instantly.
- Use brushes or sponges to get the foundation in areas like your nose or
below your eyes. If you use a powder foundation, invest in a kabuki
brush — this will help you to evenly apply your foundation. Sponges work
well to apply liquid foundation. Brushes like Sephora’s Kabuki Brush
will help achieve a flawless complexion.
- Use a skin luminizer to create a dewy complexion. Your skin will
look healthy and radiant. Some popular luminizers are Benefit Cosmetics
High Beam and bareMinerals All-Over Face Color.
You don’t have to be a celebrity to have great-looking skin. Have the
complexion you’ve always dreamed of by choosing the right products for