Choosing the right foundation and concealer can be a daunting task.
There are many options to consider when purchasing the right foundation for you.
I will help eliminate the guess work and narrow down the selection of brands that I have used for various skin concerns,
and some that are highly recommended by the industry's top professionals!
Always remember that when purchasing any foundation, test it outside in day light. This is the best way to determine if the color is right for you.
NARS Sheer Glow-great for dry to normal skin (One of my favorites!)
Chanel Perfection Lumiere is amazing! Great for combination skin.
Chanel Vitalumiere works beautifully for mature and dry skin.
Makeup For Ever face and body is water resistant, works well on most skin and has buildable coverage.
A favorite to use on brides!
M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid is the answer for those suffering with oily skin, this one really works!
It sets to a powder finish to keep you mat all day!
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, is a staple in every celebrities makeup artist's kit!
Concealer: A must for under eye dark circles, redness around the nose and any blemishes or imperfections.
NARS great formula and a staple in my kit
YSL Touche Eclat can also be used as a highlighter. Also great for mature skin.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a great staple. A little goes a long way!
Can also be used with a little moisturizer to dilute.
Powder: Keeping all your hard work and ofcourse makeup in place. Loose or compact.
NARS Beautiful finish and you get a lot for your money.
Chanel Another makeup artist favorite.
Makeup For Ever Universally flattering.
Let me know what some of your favorites are.
Please post your comments below and I will give you a more personalized recommendation!
Working as a makeup artist gives me the pleasure of recommending products that
I have tried, tested and work!
Before any makeup application always start by prepping the skin.
I recommend changing up products because our skin gets used to the active
ingredient and becomes less effective.
Also our skin changes from season to season or day to day.
It's important to try different products and find what works for you.
Below is a list of skincare basics that are in my kit as well as my personal skin care regimen.
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By Anna Sklifas
Hilary Rhoda by Paola Kudacki for Harper’s Bazaar UK November 2012
Bioderma (a backstage staple and models favorite!)
NARS Makeup Removing water
Vichy Makeup Removing water
Embryolisse (another backstage fave)
NARS Luminous Moisture Cream
Creme De La Mer great for very dry scaly winter skin
Primers and Beauty Balms
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (makeup artist favorite)
NARS Skin Smoothing Face Prep(great for touch ups)
Please comment below and I will address your beauty needs, Thanks!
When I travel, besides submerging myself in the local culture I am always on the hunt for natural, local beauty products. On my latest trip to Morocco, I discovered what’s in a Moroccan women’s beauty arsenal…
Pure Argan oil is a must! Besides being a great natural moisturizer, it’s anti-ageing and healing properties rival any overpriced beauty cream. I slather my face with it nightly (pre-moisturizer) and wake-up with baby smooth, supple skin (when purchasing Argan oil, be sure to request a certificate of authenticity, this way you know you are getting the real thing).
The Saffron balm I dubbed “Pink Magic” is made with saffron, a known antioxidant used to fight wrinkles, nourish the skin and give it that healthy glow. Also, its anti-bacterial properties are great for blemished skin. My skin j’adored me when I replaced my conventional face mask with Ghassoul mineral clay for two weeks. This little tub is jam-packed with mineral-rich clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The mixture is combined with rosewater and has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to care for their skin and hair. Today’s Ghassoul clay is often used in Hammams (public steam baths) as a body scrub treatment. As a facemask, it softens the skin, reduces sebum production and regenerates and balances moisture levels.
Lastly, I couldn’t resist stocking up on Moroccan rosewater from the valley of the roses, an area near the Dade’s Gorge popular for its rose-covered landscape. Valley of the Roses produces some of the best rose products used in skin care, perfumery and cooking. I love spraying this on my face after my moisturizer to really seal it in. The smell is divine and it instantly calms over sensitized skin.
By Anna Karban
Contributing Lifestyle Editor