10 Must Have Beauty Products for a Flawless Look
Etiket Makeup Expert, Ariane Lemire shares her tips on achieving flawless skin.
Flawless skin starts with healthy skin. If you are cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating regularly, then you are off to a very good start and will allow for the products in your beauty arsenal to work most effectively.
Take a look at your makeup bag. What’s inside?
Perhaps you have an overwhelming selection of products, when in fact, you only use four or five everyday. It can be difficult to decide what you need most, but there are certain key items that can help ensure skin is smooth, imperfections are diminished and your best features are maximized.
1. A good moisturizer suited to your skin type
A good moisturizer is a must for flawless skin because it preps the skin for makeup application and creates a smooth and hydrated look to your skin.
Must Have: SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture
2. Foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF
To create a smooth and even toned complexion, you need a good foundation base that fits your skin type. Gone are the days of heavy paint-like foundations. “Skin Care Makeup” that also protects the skin from the damaging rays of the sun is both beneficial and time saving.
Must Have: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 , Amazing Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 or Dream Tint SPF 15
Achieving a flawless complexion can be helped with a good concealer. However, covering the problem is not enough. Choose a concealer that addresses and corrects both temporary imperfections (blemishes and dark under eye circles) and long standing skin concerns like rosacea and hyperpigmentation.
Must Have: Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Under-Eye Concealer or Disappear with Green Tea Extract
4. Natural Hair foundation brush and a high quality sponge
Your makeup application tools are just as important as the products themselves. Certain brushes work better with certain foundations. Natural hand-tied brushes work best with mineral powder foundations to ensure even coverage. Professional high quality, latex-free, non-allergenic and odor free sponges provide for a flawless finish when using liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers.
Must Have: Jane Iredale The Handi Brush or Chisel Powder Brush and Beauty Blender Sponge
5. Gel blush
Natural faces with a touch of colour was a common sight on the Spring 2012 runways, from Michael Kors to Burberry. This means that gel blushes are a must for this season. Gel blushes are easy to apply, gives a pop of colour to the cheeks and keeps the skin looking smooth and luminous.
Must Have: Per-féct Cheek Perfection Gel
6. Lip Scrub and Lip Balm
Keeping your lips looking smooth, supple and youthful requires regular maintenance, especially in the winter. Exfoliation helps to remove dry, dead skin while naturally plumping your pout. Follow with a rich, glossy and hydrating lip balm.
Must Have: Sara Happ Lip Scrub and Lip Slip
7. Brow Gel
Well groomed brows can make or break a flawless look. They are the focal point of your face, so keep your brow shape as natural as possible and use a good brow gel to keep them conditioned, tinted and in place.
Must Have: Per-féct Brow Perfection Gel
8. Safe Self-Tanner
Traditional methods of tanning are no longer an option. Harmful UV rays from the sun are dangerous and speed up the natural aging process dramatically. Luckily, there are some safe alternatives to achieving that sun-kissed glow. Choose a self-tanner that combines serious skin care benefits with a touch of self-tan to gradually build colour every day.
Must Have: St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Face
9. Portable and easy to apply SPF protection
Weather you are hitting the beach, the slopes or driving around town, SPF protection is vital to maintaining a flawless look. Sun damage can appear at any age, so protect your skin at all times to avoid wrinkles, rough texture, hyperpigmentation, and spots.
Must Have: Tocca SPF 30+ Towelette Multipack
10. Hydrating mist
Hydrating mists are great to have around any time of the year. Keep one in your beauty bag or purse to set your makeup or hydrate and refresh your skin mid-day. Choose a facial spritz that contains ingredients to help calm the skin and fight free radicals.
Must Have: Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray