Beauty Essentials: Face

Last week, I wrote about my all the staples I keep in my makeup kit to make my eyes look fabulous. This week, it’s all about the products that make my skin look its best. Here are the products that I turn to over and over to get my skin glowing, healthy-looking, and visually flawless.

tinted moisturizersTinted Moisturizer
I don’t use foundation…I find it too thick and cakey, and the coverage is usually too heavy for me (I have a lot of freckles that I don’t want to cover). Instead, I use tinted moisturizer because of its lightweight feel and breathable, see-through coverage. Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF20($43) is my go-to, because its dewy finish is my favorite of all the ones I’ve tried. It’s pricey and it doesn’t last forever (I have to replace mine every other month), but for me, the price is worth it. My runner-up: Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Shade 1 ($32).

bobbi brown creamy concealerUndereye Concealer
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit ($33) is great because the formula is on the emollient side (you always want to use a “wetter” concealer in the undereye area), yet long-wearing. A lot of creamy concealers tend to slip and slide beneath the eyes, causing you to lose coverage rather quickly. This one stays put, thanks in part to the setting powder included in the compact. Brush it underneath eyes after you apply the concealer, and it sets it for hours.

mac studio finish concealerBlemish Concealer
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NW20 ($18): This formula has a thick, drier texture–perfect for covering up blemishes, dark spots, and small patches of uneven skin tone. This concealer really stays put once it dries, giving you hours of blemish coverage.

nars lagunaBronzer
NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($36) gives fair-to-medium skin a lovely, toasty glow without looking dirty, ruddy, or orange. It has a slight smattering of shimmer, which wakes up your face and complements a summer tan during the warmer months. The powder is microfine, goes on smoothly, and blends easily.

Bobbi Brown is where it’s at. Depending on what formula I feel like wearing, I’ll use either Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks Pale Pink ($25) or Bobbi Brown Blush Pale Pink ($25). Both formulas melt into the skin, making you look naturally flushed and rosy. I haven’t used any other blush for more than a decade! (Except for Bobbi’s limited edition Sheer Color Cheek Tint, which is equally amazing.)

Keep reading for more of my picks!


MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter ($24): This pen is great for illuminating the eye area, or any part of your face that you want to visually bring forward (for example: cheekbones). Available in Light Boost, Radiant Rose, and Bright Forecast. I use Radiant Rose (a slightly pink shade) under my eyes, on top of concealer, to make my eyes look brighter. I use Light Boost to highlight areas of my face.

nars copacabanaIlluminator
Every girl needs a little added light. NARS Illuminator in Copacabana ($30) is my favorite formula. It’s pearly pink, shimmery without being garish, and gives a lovely candlelit radiance to the skin.

mac mineralize skinfinish lightPowder
You should always dust a light veil of powder on your face after you complete your makeup (or at least your foundation/concealer/etc.). It sets your makeup and helps keep emollient products from slipping and fading. I like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light ($30) because you can’t tell you’re wearing it — it defies all the stereotypes of finishing powders. I use an ultra-fluffy brush to lightly puff this onto my skin, and it’s a nice finishing touch. It’s also available in a wide range of shades to suit almost every skin tone.

Primer isn’t something I wear every day, but I do rely on it more often than not. MAC Prep + Prime Skin is my favorite for when I want my makeup to last all day. The formula has a slight sheen to it, so it gives your face a little glow while also extending the life of your makeup. With this, skin looks flawless for hours (because your products adhere better and last longer), and color cosmetics stay truer longer. For times when I want my skin to look its smoothest, I use Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer ($30) because it creates a gorgeously soft canvas for your makeup.

mac fix+Multitasker
MAC Fix + ($21) is something I use in some way every day. I’ve been using it for years, and don’t remember how I lived without it. It has about 156 uses, but mostly I use it as a moisture mist on bare skin, as a makeup setting spray, as a refresher for my makeup after a long day, and as an eyeshadow intensifier (spritz a little on an eyeshadow brush before dipping into a pot of shadow, and your color will be more intense and shimmery). It is the #1 product in most makeup artists’ kits because it’s so versatile. A must-have!

What are your favorite skin products?

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One Response to Beauty Essentials: Face

  1. Missy says:

    You have good taste! These are great choices. I use many of them myself.

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