Creating radiant skin
Palma Kolansky for Neiman Marcus
Radiant skin is the key to beauty. When skin appears flawless, everything else sparkles. Even if your complexion has issues, you can still achieve a luminous glow by using the right products–for your skin type–in the right places.
1. For dry skin, use a liquid or cream foundation; tints or powders create drier-looking skin. For sheerer coverage, dip your sponge in a little moisturizer first. Blend well, including over the eyelids, into the hairline and a little down the neck. Then use a pink-toned concealer under the eyes and a foundation-shade concealer on trouble spots.
2. Next, apply a liquid or cream shimmer in a highlighting shade like pale pink, bronze or pale gold on top of the cheekbones. With more mature skin, be sure to avoid putting shimmer near lines around the eyes. If you choose a bronzer shade, try a little on the temples, forehead and chin for a sun-kissed look. Stay away from shimmer powders.
3. Dust a sheer translucent powder only on the t-zone. This will leave your cheeks looking dewy fresh. You can dust a little powder under the lower eyelid using an eye shadow brush; too much powder under the eye area looks cakey. A light touch will just prevent eye makeup from running.
1. If your complexion is oily, use an oil-free foundation or tint. Apply sparingly to face and follow with a translucent powder. (Colored powders will streak on oily skin.) If you want to create a natural glow, don't powder the tops of the cheekbones. Stay away from cream to powder foundations as they tend to smudge and discolor during the day when mixed with your skin’s natural oils.
2. If you want to apply a powder shimmer after your foundation, sweep a light dusting on top of your cheekbone with a fan brush. Skip the shiny nose, forehead and chin areas.
3. Finish by applying translucent powder with a puff all over the face. Carry blotting papers with you for touch ups throughout the day.
Combination or Problem Skin
1. For combination or problem skin, stick with the liquid foundations with a silicone base. These look great and stay put all day. For blemishes, I like to spot conceal rather than cover the entire face with suffocating foundation. For spot concealing use a small-tipped concealer brush and dip it into a bit of foundation mixed with a little oil-free concealer. Dab on the spot and lightly blend with the brush.
2. For combination skin, find the shimmer formula that works best for you and apply to tops of cheekbones. If you have problem skin, use the powder version only on unblemished areas. Shimmer highlights; so avoid putting a light-catching spotlight on pimples.
3. Use a light translucent powder. Heavy powders are passé. Let your skin glow and breathe. For a quick oil-free fix, use blotting papers. They work better than powder on problem skin because they remove the oil without smothering the skin.