If you have sallow skin ... Start by rejuvenating the skin with a serum. Napoleon Perdis' Chief of Makeup Services, Rebecca Prior, says, "Even though itís a skin care step, the better your skin is, the less you'll have to do with your makeup." Look for a serum with peptides, which pep up your skin instantly, and antioxidants, which provide ongoing protection throughout the day.
Next, apply a color-correcting primer that has a purple tint. "Purple counteracts the yellow sallow color in the skin," says Prior. Try NP Set Brightening Pre-Foundation Primer, $29, which evens skin tone and has microscopic gold flecks that help brighten skin.
Expert tip: Look for a foundation that has SPF protection in it, which cuts out one skin-prep step.
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