- Skincare ingredients There are two that Andrea absolutely swears by in makeup: SPF and hyaluronic acid – the former to protect from the sun and the latter as a world-class skin plumper and total moisture magnet. Plump, moist and sun-protected equals gorgeous skin, Andrea says.
- Blush You are likely to find the same bestselling cheek shades from Maybelline and L’Oreal as you might from a higher-end manufacturer like Lancome. Many of the finely milled powders are sourced from the same place!
- Eye Shadow Many drugstore brands use the same outside vendors for their eye shadows as do the luxury brands, so check to see if you can find your favorite shade, with the same ingredients, but in a much less expensive package.
- Undereye concealer A best bet that really works: Maybelline New York Cover Stick. It must be the same color as your foundation, liquid or creamy, and applied with a light hand all the way down to your cheekbones. You may then want to apply a bit more foundation on top and pat, pat, pat.
- Concealer in a pot works best for hiding brown spots. After applying, reapply a thin layer of foundation. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a best bet here.
- Highlighters are best with a very low level of shimmer and in a natural tone – they’ll provide a nice healthy shine and glow where we need it now.
- Foundation shifting toward a gold-based foundation and away from the pinks helps banish paleness and neutralizes redness, and makes you look instantly healthier. Tinted moisturizer is best. Go for one with an SPF of at least 15. It helps with dry skin, is much sheerer than traditional foundation and can be used all over the face without an aging effect. One Best Bet: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20.