Celebrity Makeup Artist Shares Skin Secrets

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Celebrity makeup artist Joshua Ristaino has worked with A-list clients like Elizabeth Banks, Jodi Foster, Mary Louise Parker and Gretchen Mol, so you can believe us when we tell you he’s mastered the flawless, camera-ready complexion. We have Josh’s age-defying tips for keeping skin looking young and fresh at any age. And since they work under glaring lights and behind HD cameras, we’re pretty sure they can help us, too!

• Skin care is the first step. I recommend a moisturizing skin-care regimen to all my clients. Both night and day, start off by gently cleansing with Avène Thermal Spring Water and follow with Avène Sérénage Nutri-redensifying Vital Serum to help strengthen and firm. Mattifying powders absorb any excess sebum.

• In the morning, follow with Avène Sérénage Nutri-redensifying Day Cream. What I love about this moisturizer is that it not only helps to restore volume and provide antioxidant protection to counteract damaging free radicals, it also has little light-reflective particles that leave skin looking radiant.

• Once skin is prepped, even out skin tone with an illuminating foundation. I like Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation. Next, set foundation with illuminating powder, such as DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup. Both products diffuse light away from lines light to create the illusion of younger-looking skin.

• Bring vibrancy and glow to the skin with color, color, color! Highlight the apples of the cheeks with a bright blush in a soft peach or pink. Add a complementary lip color in a punchy coral, vibrant red, dazzling pink or fiery orange. Don’t skip lip liner-the pencil outline helps prevent color from migrating into fine lines around the mouth.

• Before applying any eye makeup, I always apply NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base first to prevent creasing. Then I finish the look with a neutral shadow, soft eyeliner and two coats of mascara.

• At night, after cleansing, I recommend following the Avène Sérénage Nutri-redensifying Vital Serum with Avène Sérénage Nutri-redensifying Night Cream. The cream also reinforces skin cell metabolism as it combats dryness and restores firmness to provide rejuvenating benefits while you sleep.

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