Primer is a skin care and makeup essential, which is why we've fallen head over heels for the new collection of Clinique Superprimer Face Primers ($27 each). My personal (self-diagnosed) prescription is for discoloration. This peach-toned formula preps and primes my skin, but also helps color correct dark spots for a more even skin tone prior to concealer and foundation application. The line also includes shades to help neutralize redness, dullness, and even sallowness. Plus, there's a color-free option for those just looking for a good primer to smooth out skin texture.
Eye shadow novices, your day has come. Clinique has a stunning shade that is so soft and feminine, you'll keep it in heavy rotation. Its All About Shadow Single in Blushed ($15) delivers a delicate swath of pigment that is absolutely ace for your daytime look. Women with lighter skin tones will love this shadow because it mimics the natural undertone of their eyelids, giving an extremely subtle, wearable look. If you've got a darker tone, this shadow delivers a flattering, flushed shade that isn't too overpowering. It's a pretty pink that would make even the most tough-as-nails eye shadow critic impressed. And since this wearable neutral is great 365 days a year, you'll be reaching for this shade time and time again.
When people bring up exfoliation, it's usually in reference to the teeny bikinis and bare legs of Summer. Since exfoliation smooths things out and your skin is most exposed in the warmer months, this seems only natural. But it's just as important to bring out your sloughing treatments in the colder months, too, even though you're covered in layers. Here's why:
- Exfoliation helps dry skin. Those dehydrated, cracked hands that plague you in the Winter are easily remedied by regular sloughing. Pick up a scrub specifically for your palms, like L'Occitane's One Minute Hand Scrub ($22) to gently remove dead skin cells and restore your hands to their pre-Winter glory.
- Exfoliation keeps your pores clear. One of the more important parts of your skin care regimen is exfoliating, and many women let this fall by the wayside when it's cold. But keeping up your scrubbing is essential to making sure your blemishes stay away and your pores keep clean. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Acne Treatment ($65) has the right ingredients to smooth away your blemishes.
- Exfoliation helps you absorb more moisture. Cold air sucks the moisture right out of your skin, but exfoliating away your dead cells makes your skin more accepting of lotions for warding off dryness. So scrub up, and then smooth on a moisturizer like Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($28). Your legs will be radiant with hydration.
Turn the dial just a tad, and the compact's internal shaving apparatus scrapes off the perfect amount of product, without a bit to waste. Not only does this keep the accident factor low, but it also ensures you won't look muddy due to excess bronze. Available in two shades (Bronzed 1 and Bronzed 2), the complexion-enhancer is neither too matte nor too shimmery. This means you get that coveted natural-looking, rosy, radiant glow — all with minimal effort.
The BB cream craze started in Korea and Japan, but now they're finally hitting the States, and we couldn't be more excited. Similar to a tinted moisturizer, these creams can be worn solo or under your makeup, but go the extra mile by offering skin care benefits galore. In short, they'll leave your skin dewy, glowing, and sun protected. Watch our video to get the full scoop on three favorites.
Though most people are afflicted by acne during puberty, a lucky few of us get to deal with it well into adulthood. The only thing worse than acne, however, may be acne scars. While there are several skin-lightening and hyperpigmentation products on the market, there are three standouts that provide some serious fade action. See which treatments help fade scars best when you keep reading.
When it comes to shopping for Mother's Day gifts, nothing is too good for our best gal. It's totally possible to find an affordable gift for Mom without sacrificing style, and to prove it, we've found 15 perfect presents that will take your mother's breath away, without breaking the bank. Click through to see and shop each item.
I just got my hands on both the Sweet Gloss in Berry ($16) and Apple Cheeks Blush in Charmmy ($22), and everything from the color and texture to the packaging is eerily similar. For more on how the Hello Kitty collection compares to what you may already love, just keep reading.
We're excited to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Allure!
The holidays are over, which means no more binging on sugar cookies, vegging on the couch watching TV marathons, and enjoying stress-free days. But it doesn't mean you have to sink into being bummed out.
Of course, true seasonal depression requires professional treatment. But for a milder case of blah-dom, our no-fail cure? Beauty products, of course! As for me personally, I trick myself: It might be time to bundle up, but that doesn't stop me from pretending I'm headed somewhere tropical on occasion. If I'm doing something special, I get a spray tan. But to make sure I don't stick out like Snooki in the middle of Winter, I ask for only one coat of the most subtle spray tan formula the salon offers.
Winter weather is also a great excuse to pamper your skin: "Maybe it's because the air is drier and colder, but I always pay more attention to my skin in the Winter. I smear my face with moisturizer morning and night—I love Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief because it's a gel-cream, so no matter how much I use, my skin never feels heavy or greasy," says Allure beauty editor Angelique Serrano. "Then instead of my usual anti-acne mask once a week, I switch to trying out different moisturizing masks. I do everything I can to get my face looking plump and dewy, because that reminds me of the way my skin looks in the Summer."
What beauty tricks do you have for keeping a smile this time of year?
Winter is pretty, but its effects on hair and skin can be just the opposite. That's why we've tracked down five of our favorite beauty treats of the month. They'll help you tame fly-aways, treat chapped lips, or just look a little more perky even in the harshest weather. There's something here for every budget, so check out what we're loving.