You wouldn’t know it by the looks of my paler than pale face, but I just came back from a long weekend in Miami. Unfortunately, because I have very light and sensitive skin, I stay out of the sun and am always lathered in SPF, so the odds of seeing me naturally tanned are nil. Despite what stars like Nicole Kidman have done for the pale community, I still am far from embracing my tone – especially come February when I start to look like dead woman walking. Luckily, I don’t need to be too hard on myself because it’s a problem that’s easily fixed. Whether you’re looking to even out a splotchy complexion, cover up dark circles, age spots or wrinkles, or whether you’re looking to give your skin a more flattering hue, you can achieve it all with good makeup. For a no muss, no fuss solution, get everything you need all bundled together with Make Up For Ever’s HD Complexion Starter Kit (sold for $79, it’s a $109 Value).
The kit comes with everything you need to take tired skin from drab to fab – sounds cheesy but it’s true. A good primer, foundation, and powder can go a long way and the ones enclosed in this kit are designed for long-lasting results (no wonder it’s a favorite on photoshoots).
Most of us don’t have too much time in the morning, but you can do more than you think in, literally, just two minutes. After cleansing skin, apply Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer all over your face. It’s lightweight and oil-free so it won’t clog your pores or leave you feeling greasy or shiny even if you’re layering it over day cream or an SPF moisturizer. A primer is essential for increasing your makeup’s hold and for allowing all the products you subsequently put on your skin to glide on with ease.
Post primer, smoothe Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (the kit comes with the foundation shade of your choice) all over your face. I like to apply foundation with my fingers for a streak-free application, but a sponge and brush work as well. The foundation will help even out skintone and cover up flaws, while also moisturizing the skin (that’s right, a foundation that’s not dehydrating!). To set the foundation and to give your complexion a natural glow, take the HD Kabuki Brush that comes with the kit and apply some of the HD Microfinish Powder.
The "scary" before picture of my face without a lick of makeup (left); A look at what a difference two minutes of using the Starter Kit, a hint of mascara, and gloss can make.
These steps take no time at all and are enough to have you out the door with skin confidence in tact. As an added bonus, one of the most undervalued facial areas are the brows. A good brow treatment can go a long way (if you happen to be passing by Barneys flagship in New York, their brow man, Robert Sweet William, is a master with the tweezers) when it comes to shaving off makeup application time.