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4 Steps to Perfect Skin

by Martha Adams


Prep skin so foundation blends in smoothly. (Try FusionBeauty PrimeResults Brightening Primer, $42.) That way, you'll need to apply less makeup later, says Gregory Arlt, director of makeup artistry in Los Angeles for MAC.


Liquids tend to be sheer but still have ample pigment. (Skip too-see-through tinted moisturizers.) Apply Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, $45, with a flat brush, not fingers, to build up coverage, Arlt says.


Spots still peeking through? Use a cover-up with a built-in brush so you can place color precisely where you need it. Sue Devitt Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer SPF 20, $25, has radiance enhancers and tint.


A cream highlighter is like a pair of sparkly earrings—a finishing touch that makes all the difference. "Dab sparingly on the high points of your face—upper cheekbone, brow bone and the bridge of your nose," Arlt says. Try Nars Illuminator in Copacabana, $29.

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