Shopping Advice

Keeping skin clear, moisturized, protected from the sun – and looking flawless is no small job.  Fortunately, science is helping to advance cosmetics, so it’s now easier than ever to take expert care of your skin while you look gorgeous! Cosmetics with skincare benefits will keep your routine simple, without sacrificing the health or appearance of your skin.

There are some basics in skin care that no woman should ever skip. Daily cleansing is a given, followed by a good exfoliater once or twice a week, and of course a moisturizer for daily use, preferably with a protection factor of at least 15. Your ideal morning routine should be to moisturize, apply an SPF, and then apply foundation before putting on your color cosmetics. If that sounds like a lot of product, don’t despair: there are a couple of options that combine those three steps into one product. Some of our top picks are Paula Dorf Face Tint SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, LORAC ProtecTINT Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, and Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Sheer Color SPF 15. Each moisturizer gives you sheer, natural, sun-protective color that lasts all day and blends seamlessly into skin.

For those that prefer a powder foundation to a liquid foundation, you can still protect your skin with Susan Posnick’s COLORFLO Powdered Foundation. The finely-milled mineral powder gives you a natural, flawless finish and has SPF 26 built in. The best part about this illuminating foundation is that it’s designed with sensitive skin in mind, so it won’t clog pores or irritate your complexion.
Since covering a blemish can often do more harm than good, you need to give blemish-prone skin a little extra attention. Luckily, there are new concealers that solve this dilemma, by treating while they cover. A great one to try is The Everything Pencil EraseZit All in One Concealer & Corrector with Tea Tree from Judith August. This compact little pencil has a superbly creamy texture and gives you long-lasting, complete coverage. Plus, it has ingredients to soothe red and inflamed skin – and to heal and reduce the appearance of blemishes while it conceals. 

Multitasking can be essential to keep eyes looking fresh and well rested, so make you sure you treat the delicate skin under your eyes with care. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find one product that soothed puffy eyes, covered dark circles and reduced fine lines? For a great all-in-one eye product, we recommend the Absolutely Flawless Herbal Eye Concealer from Too Faced. It has a blend of natural enzymes that soothe and pamper skin while covering dark circles and diminishing signs of early morning puffiness.

Protecting your lips is also important, as the delicate skin there is quite sensitive to sun exposure.  Elizabeth Arden, Vincent Longo, and Paula Dorf are just a few of the many brands that have added SPF to their lipsticks. Or, if you’re looking for color with extra hydration and moisture, there are also several great lipsticks with added shea butter and other moisturizers. The Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Lipstick LipStick has rich shades, natural ingredients, and a luxurious velvet texture.  tarte Inside Out Lip Glosses contain Borba’s vitamin infused water with ingredients such as Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin E , Acai Juice Extract , Green Tea Extract, Vitamin K, Chamomile Extract, Lychee Extract for a perfectly colored, healthy pucker. Plus, each color has a delicious scent and flavor!

For multitasking products that go beyond skincare, try some dual-purpose mascaras.  Sue Devitt Mascara Microquatic Luxury Lash does double duty. This richly pigmented mascara is fortified with a nourishing blend of vitamins to keep lashes strong, long, and healthy. Another mascara that is truly good for your lashes is Fresh Supernova Mascara. This formula contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil to moisturize and protect, while plumping and extending for lush, beautifully defined lashes.