I'm continuing this series of makeup product suggestions based on age, budget and skill level!
Today I'm focusing on women who wish to even out their complexion. I think these products work best for those with significant discoloration due to acne, rosacea, eczema or even blue veins, sun spots, or Vitiligo.
I have discoloration myself, due to Keratosis Pilaris that runs vertically from my cheek bone to my jawline. I talked briefly about it in the post "I'm not who you think I am" last June. At times I embrace it and let the rosy cheeks peak through! Other times, I prefer a more even complexion, especially when I experiment with contouring and such.
I disregarded budget for this post and simply determined the best of the best!
Age: Teens - 50's
Budget: High End
Skill Level: moderate - expert
Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation in NC25
This foundation provides coverage like I have never seen. I didn't love it at first, and couldn't figure out why! By my 3rd or 4th use I finally realized "this totally washes me out". Why would I suggest something that washes me out? BECAUSE IT COMPLETELY CONCEALS EVERY SINGLE COLOR ON MY FACE. It literally made me 1 color. For those of you with significant discoloration, this is your dream product. It applies smooth like a BB cream, but the color payoff is outrageously different. The finish just looks like skin because it soaks in so well. That's what makes it so versatile -it covers acne for younger skin without looking cakey, and works for mature skin because it won't settle in fine lines and wrinkles. I hear the pro longwear can look slightly dry on some skin types -If this is you, use a moisturizer before applying this foundation. There are 16 different shades and you can try it before you buy it at any MAC store!
NOTE: If you use this product, you ABSOLUTELY have to apply blush or bronzer afterwards. The reason it washed me out is because I did not apply enough color to my face after evening out my coloring. See below for bronzer/blush suggestions. Also, I think an illuminator/highlighter would pair nicely with this product, as it has a fairly matte finish.
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
If you have sunspots, deep under eye circles or difficult problem areas you are looking to cover, this is the most pigmented concealer I've ever used (Mac says it's medium to full matte coverage, but that's crap...it's full coverage). A little goes a long way! I only have one complaint...it is so difficult to only get a tiny bit because of the stupid pump dispenser!
Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion in EDEN
I talked about Urban Decay's original eye primer in DRUGSTORE vs HIGH END: Where to save and where to splurge! This works just as well, but carries a highly pigmented formula that completely covers all redness and blue veins. I've noticed that my eyeshadow really stands out when applied on an even slate like Eden. Just make sure you fully rub it in, or it will build up in creases or be noticeably applied.
NARS Blush in Orgasm
I still have a lot of experimenting to do in the blush category! If you have a lot of redness in your skin, you might have a similar problem. I suggest Nars Orgasm (the name...oh my gosh lol) because the general public LOVES it. I use it frequently on others, but unfortunately it doesn't look as natural on my own complexion. One thing I used to hate about this product (but now actually kind of like) is the "golden shimmer" it subtly provides. Test this one out at any Sephora store!
Loreal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infused Primer (I use it as a illuminator/highlighter)
I talked about the Magic Lumi in my "Favorite New Beauty Product" post a few months ago. It's a subtle sheen that won't clash with any discoloration that may peak through your foundation. I think it would look especially great on more mature skin to give some life on the tops of your cheekbones. I will mention- if you feel the texture of this area of your face is not very smooth (acne or significant scaring), you may want to skip this step (And that's ok! Nobody has a perfect complexion!)
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I've talked about this stuff a lot! It's an excellent contouring/bronzing powder that provides a lot of color! I can't think of a time I've used this on more mature faces, but I just love it on younger skin. This might be one you want to test at Sephora or Ulta before purchasing, unless you have a skin tone similar to mine, in which case I know you will love it! :-) If you don't want to spend the moola on Hoola (like what I did there?) then check out the dupe in my best of drugstore makeup post from last week.
I hope that was helpful! Let me know if you have questions!
Want to read more? Other posts from this Series:
Makeup Products for Newbies
Best of Drugstore Full Face Makeup
DRUGSTORE vs HIGH END: Where to save and where to splurge!