Wearing foundation with SPF is about the easiest way to get a little sun protection. Look for a dewy formula that doesn’t dry too quickly, so you can manipulate and blend seamlessly with concealer and cream blush.
My favorite: Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation SPF 17, $39
For a sheer application I like to dampen a foundation sponge, load it with this liquid foundation, then gently stipple it over problem areas first (right on top of the green primer, if you choose to use it). Then I blend the color out toward the hairline. If you have any areas that still stand out as needing to be camouflaged, use your favorite concealer over the foundation.
5. Cream Blush
Blush can be intimidating, so I suggest clients simplify their routine and choose a cream formula, which sinks into skin and looks more natural. You can apply it with fingers, a sponge or a brush—whichever you are most comfortable with.
My favorite: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush, $24
This is probably the most pigmented, dewy-yet-not-oily, cream blush that I have found. It works on all skin textures and the color can be muted down or layered for a brighter look. Swirl a dry, dome-topped blush brush over the surface of the blush. then smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks. Use your fingers to blend out any harsh edges you may have missed with your brush.
Be sure to check back next month where I’ll be dishing on my go-to favorite eye makeup.
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