Skin-care woes rarely get better when you cover them up. So why stick to makeup that doesn’t do more? From scar-minimizing foundations to redness-relieving primers, here are some of the best multitaskers on the market.
The two-in-one design of CARGO “Double Agent” Concealing Balm Kit includes both a cream and a powder for instant camouflage, highlighting and nourishing. But don’t let the two steps scare you off: The easy-to- apply formula features a blend of oils, butters, vitamins and pigments to smooth and conceal dark circles. $32, cargocosmetics.com
Why It Works: Thanks to almond oil, which is rich in vitamins A, D and E, this antioxidant trifecta tackles free radicals and helps prevent under-eye darkness—plus, it has oil- rich properties that sink into skin.
Recently re-released by the brand that practically invented the idea of sun-protection-meets- skin-saving-makeup comes Colorescience Skin Mattifying Primer SPF 20. The supermatte primer creates a perfect canvas for making makeup look perfect, as it goes to work on improving the look and feel of skin. $46, colorescience.com
Why It Works: It may sound like a fiber-rich element to add to your diet, but this skin smoother’s star ingredient of oat beta glucan can minimize and help correct the appearance of redness as it calms stressed-out complexions. Plus, it has the always powerful acne-fighting ingredient of salicylic acid, so it helps clean out pores as it hides them.
Coined a “self-adjusting” shade that suits every skin tone, REN Satin Perfection BB Cream combines the power of antioxidants, and spot-correcting vitamin C into one multitasking product. $38, sephora.com
Why It Works: Vitamin C helps to fade spots, but this product has a hard- working mix of a few citrus components. According to Tricia Campbell, director of education for jane iredale, “Grapefruit extract, in particular, promotes luminosity, minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and helps fade uneven pigmentation.”
With a soothing thermal water component that the company claims can help treat minor facial scars (by smoothing them out), pigmentation, redness and acne, Vichy Dermafinish Corrective Foundation does what its name suggests: Goes to work on complexion imperfections as it infuses skin with good-for-it ingredients and SPF 30. $30, vichyusa.com
Why It Works: According to Graff, polymers help with scarring, since they moisturize, smooth and “fill in” on contact. This multitasker has them— plus, other minerals that can tackle imperfections as they cover them up.
That perfect dewy-glow goal can be hard to achieve with a powder, but Eve Lom Golden Radiance Bronzer goes to work to provide a dose of hydration, plus a believable bronze. $48, barneys.com
Why It Works: All of the products in the new makeup line contain antioxidant- rich raspberry stem cells, which also have the power to stimulate skin’s natural hyaluronic acid to help lock in hydration.
Most glosses boast of making dry lips better, but Hourglass Extreme Sheen High-Shine Lip Gloss has an infusion of vitamins to back it up big time. The result: Lips look and feel hydrated, supershiny and left with a pop of long-lasting color. $28, sephora.com
Why It Works: Vitamin E is the key. The rich formula makes lips look hydrated and helps prevent chapping and cracking.
Perricone MD No Blush Blush, a tinted, anti-aging cheek serum claims to restore volume for cheekbones that are more defined with a radiant complexion. $35, sephora.com
Why It Works: Powerful DMAE purportedly works to firm, lift and tone skin while mineral-based SPF protects against future damage.
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