beauty buzz: urban decay & kevyn aucoin

True story: A couple of weeks ago, I went to a gathering of my extended family. While I was there, two different relatives thought I was my mother. Not though I looked like her. Thought I was her. Now granted, my mom’s a pretty foxy lady, but still. Something needed to be done, and fast.

The moment I got home, I entered counseling for a severe traumatic stress disorder started rummaging through my sample bins, desperate for any tricks to remedy whatever situation had been going on under those clearly-unflattering fluorescent lights.

After trying and discarding a few different options, I’ve landed on two new loves worth sharing. First is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation. I have a love/hate with foundation – it tends to slide around, dry out my skin, and can make me feel old. This does none of those things. When applied with a foundation brush (which every single one of us should be using, by the way), it goes on light, and vanishes instantly. My skin stays bright, even a little bit dewy, but the dark spots and redness just fade into the background. It’s a bit like someone gave me a magic wand, or the eraser brush from Photoshop. How do I know it works? I posted an actual photo of my face on Instagram this week.

But I knew I couldn’t stop there. I’d shied away from trying Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer (read: concealer) because I wasn’t sure about the texture, and I thought the shade I had was too light. Turns out, lighter is better for my monstrous under-eye circles. The texture (thick and rich) takes a little getting used to, as it requires a light touch to get it right. But oh, once you do…! I’m convinced this is the secret potion celebs use to look 20 years younger on TV. It’s heavy-duty, to be sure, but the stuff works like gangbusters.

At this rate, I might even be willing to attend our next family gathering.

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