I’ve been posting a lot about lipstick lately—a.k.a. the most instant mood picker-upper of any makeup category. But today I want to circle back to my first love, which will always be complexion products.
I know, that doesn’t sound quite as exciting. But my makeup philosophy has always been this: your ultimate goal should be to look like you aren’t wearing any. That means working on perfecting your skin, whether it takes just a lick of tinted primer, a full-coverage foundation or a dewy, light-reflecting illuminator. THEN you can add the extras such as bright lipstick, and they’re going to look all the more fantastic against your gleaming, healthy-looking skin.
At least that’s the goal! Today I want to talk about five items on heavy rotation now in my morning makeup routine.
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Full-coverage foundations have always scared me. Plastering a heavy, mask-like beige liquid all over my face so that my natural skin doesn’t even show through? Um, no thank you. I was especially scared off by this one because of the whole Kat Von D tattoo thing. Not the fact that she wears them, but that she sort of insinuates that this product (and also her Tattoo Concealer) can hide them. I didn’t think I needed that kind of coverage.
But then, one random Sunday afternoon, I decided to give this a whirl and it was like, whoa. It’s definitely the fullest coverage I’ve ever tried—this bad boy hides everything—but somehow it looked incredible instead of heavy. I’ve got the shade Light 48, which is a seamless match to my skin tone, and it basically wiped out every single shadow, blemish, dark circle and area of redness. I didn’t even NEED concealer. Plus, it leaves a matte finish, does a wicked job of controlling shine and stays perfect all day long until you wash it off. (I’d double-cleanse with this one though just to be on the safe side.) I would definitely recommend this for bad skin days or special occasions when you want your face to look absolutely flawless.
Out now for $41.00 at Sephora; click here to learn more and purchase.
Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30
Meet my new favourite primer. And Lord knows I’ve tried dozens of them over the years. I’ve been using it for about a week underneath various foundations or just alone with concealer, and it definitely lives up to the “skin perfect” claim in its name. It has a little bit of a tint to it, and some illuminating properties, so even on its own without anything on top you can see that it makes a difference. (You can also put it on top of your makeup as a touch-up throughout the day.) It’s really good at controlling shine AND it contains SPF—which means you can skip that extra step of having to apply sunscreen in between your moisturizer and your makeup. Oh, and it has that incredible spa-like Dermalogica scent. Bliss…
The label says it’s made for “mature” or “prematurely-aging” skin, but ignore that as you could use this at any age. It has some peptides and other active ingredients that we ALL could use more of!
Out now for $64.00 ($48.00 in the U.S.); click here to learn more and purchase or visit dermalogica.com for locations.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
I’ve really been loving everything Hourglass lately. Possibly my new favourite makeup brand all around! Their newest launch is this collection of powders—there are actually six—that are designed to recreate the effect of different types of light. How cool is that?! There’s Dim Light, Ethereal Light, Diffused Light, Mood Light, Luminous Light and Radiant Light. I’m loving this idea because lighting is SO important. You know when you think you look awesome at home, and then you go to one of those horrible fluorescent-lit bathrooms in some office and you look like death? Not surprisingly, this collection does NOT feature a “fluorescent light” powder.
I was able to pick two shades to test, so naturally I went for Dim Light (because don’t we all look good in the dark?) and Diffused Light. Dim is a peachy beige that will be my new stand-in for bronzer, because traditional bronzers tend to scare me. I’m just too pale for most of them, and I loathe the sparkle that most come with. Dim isn’t like that; it’s really natural-looking and gives you just a kiss of warmth. Diffused is described as a warm pale yellow, but to me it’s closest to a translucent powder (but in a handy pressed form instead of loose). I like it for a sheer, soft mattifying effect that doesn’t look chalky.
I think you’ll heart these!
Out now for $52.00 at Sephora; click here to learn more and purchase.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
I go gaga over anything by RMS Beauty, an organic makeup line based on raw, all-natural ingredients. This is how much: I actually bought and paid for this (as well as a few more of her prodz, including the incredible Un-Coverup) all myself. And that’s saying a lot because you know I get everything free and could stock an entire Sephora.
I’d been hearing raves about this luminizer though, so I knew I needed to try it. It’s totally multi-purpose so you can put it on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, just above your Cupid’s bow, at the inner corners of your eyes… all to bring a touch of light to your face. It’s not too shimmery and the creamy texture melts into your skin way better than a powder would, so it looks really natural. Just dewier and glowier. I really love this combined with the Kat Von D foundation to sort of “break it up” and make the foundation not so matte.
Out now for $42.00 at eBeauty.ca; click here to learn more and purchase or visit rmsbeauty.com for other locations.
Éminence Organic Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist
You know how I feel about facial mists. Everyone needs them! But I have to fess up that since I wrote that post last year, I’ve been pretty much going steady with just one brand, Éminence. The biggest reason is because this mist contains neroli oil, which is like, the best-smelling essential oil EVER and automatically makes me feel amazing whenever I spray this on. It’s also got moisturizing coconut water, coconut milk and a natural retinol complex for boosting collagen, and it’s free of yucky crap like parabens, SLS, phthalates, etc.
So there’s that. But how does it relate to today’s theme of complexion products? Well, not only do I use this as a wake-up spritz throughout the day, but I also love to mist it on before and after applying my foundation and powder to give it a more natural skin finish. It just cuts the powderiness and you can either let it just sit on top or use a sponge to gently buff away any areas where your makeup looks too heavy or cakey.
Out now for $44.00; visit eminenceorganics.com for locations.
Have you tried any of these complexion-perfectors?
Which foundations, powders and primers are you loving lately?
Do you agree that skin-perfecting is the most important step in your makeup routine?