Bad Skin Got You Down? I Give You Full Permission to Use My Go-To Skin Imperfection Fix

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Posted 08/31/10 at 08:20PM by Total Beauty

The best thing about being a woman of "a certain age" is that I don't get zits anymore. Gone are the battles with blemishes and, for that, I'm totally stoked. What I'm not particularly tickled by, however, is how all of a sudden the years of havoc I've wreaked on my skin are starting to take their toll. My complexion is mottled as a result of too many hours clocked baking in the sun. I honestly look like a ruddy mess without makeup -- which kinda sucks since I'm not big on primping.

Happily, I've found that something as simple as swapping your regular day cream for a tinted moisturizer (like CoverGirl CG Smoothers SPF 15 Tinted Moisture, $6.99) can really make a big difference in your skin tone without delaying your day at all.

When I'm heading somewhere that people are really going to see me (unlike, say, school drop off), I make more of an effort to cover up the blotches and broken capillaries by using a concealer -- it's much more effective (and, I think, natural-looking) than wearing a full face of foundation.

The key to concealer is finding the right shade. This is crucial. If you get one that's too dark it'll look unnatural (even if blended well). Too light, and it'll draw more attention to unsightly spots. Concealer, like Goldilocks' porridge has to be just right.

Various pros suggest testing colors on your neck and recommend shades that are a teeny bit lighter than your actual skin color since the color will always darken a bit as the day goes on -- it often oxidizes with wear.

Once you've found your shade in a consistency you like (my fave is CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector, $12.99 because it covers really well and contains the Olay Regenerist Serum, but you want to be sure to apply it properly. I've found that simply smearing it onto problem areas doesn't work in the slightest. Instead, dot it onto the uneven spots and tap it in using your fingertips or a makeup sponge.

It's really amazing what a bit of concealer can do for a girl. It's like using the "eraser" tool in Photoshop -- suddenly, your complexion looks almost flawless.

What's your go-to makeup fix?
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1-6 of 6 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 01:27pm

    Thanks

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 08:43pm

    I am 37 and still dealing with acne...you know...the "adult kind"? I use a tinted moisturizer and spot conceal and then finish with a matte setting powder.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/17/11 at 03:55pm

    I have to use a light-medium foundation all over my face at the very least. It does a better job of evening out my skin than spot-concealing.

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:57pm

    this stuff is great!

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  • Posted by pynkNymphette on 12/21/10 at 08:49pm

    I try to only use make up on the spots that need covering instead of my whole face to prevent blemishes. This is a good article!

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  • Posted by kenya on 11/28/10 at 11:19pm

    even though i'm not even 20 yet, i may try this! if i use the covergirl olay foundation will it prevent wrinkles since i just wont have any to hide?

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