Apr 082011

Imperfections is a pretty loaded beauty word- Kevyn Aucoin’s work has remained inspirational due to his focus of embracing and enhancing natural variation. However, there are a few things it’s pretty much impossible to work with- larger pores, flaky uneven skin or dark circles can create a challenge when you just want a dewy, au naturel look. Luckily, there are a few potions that target those cosmetic roadblocks without necessitating a pan-cake makeup spackled face. Here are five beauty fixes to unobtrusively correct minor skin issues:

1.) Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum: This won’t spot-cover your skin, but it’s a treatment product that will overall improve the way your makeup goes on. Containing something called a “Pore Resurfacing Complex,” Clinique’s Pore Refining Solution Correcting Serum chemically exfoliates skin and claims to empty pores of debris. Users report pretty instantaneous results, and regular use will lead to an overall smoother complexion.

2.) Benefit Dr. Feelgood: Need a more instant solution? Benefit’s Dr. Feelgood is described as a “velvety complexion balm.” Applying it before makeup will not only keep your base in place, but also prevents concealer and foundation from settling into pores, fine lines, or areas of dryness. The cute little tin is portable for touch ups, too.

3.) bareMinerals¬†Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer: Mineral makeup has a devoted and evangelistic fan base, something you probably know if you’ve ever a) used it or b) complimented a mineral makeup user on their flawless complexion. Mineral makeup is good for skin and offers superior sun protection, but doesn’t always go on as easily and evenly as its cream and liquid cousins. bareMinerals foundation primer makes mineral application more smoothly, keeps the finely-milled powders from settling in fine lines and increases time in between touch-ups.

4.) By Terry Or De Rose Elixir Supreme, Pink Gold: My first introduction to By Terry was the fantastic and well loved Baume De Rose, but was quickly seduced by the amazing, cult favorite Light Expert as well. Or De Rose is another fantastic By Terry option for skin perfection, plumping and mattifying skin with a slight, warm neutral tint.

5.)¬†Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base: First things first, this is one of those products that would look totally cute on a vanity. But the packaging alone is not the only selling point to Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Vitamin C and E protect against environmental damage, and Vitamin A exfoliates skin over time, facilitating smooth application of makeup and product.

Tips and tricks for skin correction abound throughout the internet- do you have a favorite secret weapon for amazing skin?

  One Response to “Bandaid Beauty: Five Fix-it Potions for Makeup Perfection”

  1. I adore Kevyn Aucoin and remember being so upset when he died even though I’m not a make-up person per se. I’ve found this new foundation at Shopper’s Drug Mart called Smashbox that makes my skin look like it’s “glowing” and natural.

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