Tips for a Flawless Face

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2009

Ready, Set, Glow!
Want to fall in love with your reflection? You're in luck. 

Skin-care technology is constantly improving, and so, too, is turnaround time -- most dermatologists agree that a few months is all it takes to completely rehabilitate your complexion. 

The bottom line: Get that routine going this minute to ensure a flawless facade for your high-profile day.

Fixing
Kiss your complexion woes goodbye just in time for the big day.

1. For Erasing Fine Lines
Chase away creases with StriVectin-HS Hydro-Thermal Deep Wrinkle Serum. The immediate effects are temporary, but lines will start to disappear for good within just a few short months -- no, really!

2. For Beating Pesky Puff
Get rid of excess undereye baggage with Pur Minerals Re-Vital Eyes serum. It prevents capillary fluid from leaking into the skin (the main cause of under-eye bags). 

3. For Diminishing Big Pores
You can't shrink large pores, but you can keep them debris-free so they appear less noticeable. Try Dr. Brandt Pores No More, which relies on salicylic acid to keep pores clear all day. sephora.com

4. For Reversing Sun Damage
Environmental stressors can age your skin. To fade discoloration and improve texture, apply PerriconeMD Evening Facial Emollient before bed. It contains alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, and retinol, which stimulates the production of new collagen. sephora.com

5. For Neutralizing Redness
If flushed skin has you seeing red, try Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15. It calls on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect skin from irritation triggers. Plus, it's tinted green, which instantly tempers crimson hues.

6. For Ditching Dullness
Jolt your lackluster complexion back to life with an enzyme-spiked face mask. Try Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. It's loaded with papaya and grapefruit enzymes that slough away dead skin cells to reveal hidden radiance. 

Big Breakthrough
Like Botox, Dr. Brandt Crease Release erases lines by relaxing your facial muscles. It's a more temporary fix than the real thing, but it also costs a lot less and is completely -- yay! -- needle-free. sephora.com.

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Hydrating
You've found Mr. Right. The next step? The perfect moisturizer.

1. For Dry Skin
Banish scaly spots by slathering on an ultra-rich cream such as Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Cream. It's chock-full of intensely hydrating camellia oil and age-defying vanilla planifolia, an exotic fruit found only in Madagascar that restores skin's youthfulness and vitality.  

2. For Oily Skin
The buttered look may be great on croissants, but brides should keep shine in check with a lightweight lotion like Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Oil-Free Hydrator SPF 30. This one provides hydration below the skin's surface, where oily types need it.  bathandbodyworks.com

3. For Normal Skin
Keep balanced skin beautiful with a classic moisturizer like La Mer's Creme de La Mer. Hint: The formula's thick, so warm a small amount in your hands before applying.  

4. For Your Body
All eyes may be on your face, but that's no excuse to neglect your bod. For all-over radiance, drench yourself in a moisturizer like Jo Malone Verbenas of Provence Body Lotion. The best part? The citrus-fresh fragrance smells just as good as it feels.  

5. For Sensitive Skin
Reach for hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic Aveeno Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. The list of natural ingredients -- for example, toning wheat protein -- is impressively long. Available at drugstores.

6. For Combination Skin
You can put an end to unwanted shine and keep dry patches hydrated with Nars Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion, a lightweight formula that works round-the-clock to help keep your hybrid complexion perfectly balanced. 

Big Breakthrough
Spun from silk micro-fibers coated in 24-karat gold (which reduces inflammation and stimulates collagen growth), Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Cream is a must for princess brides. neimanmarcus.com.

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Finishing
Good skin care is a start, but flawless makeup is the grand finale.

1. For Full Coverage
The richly pigmented formula of Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodeling Cream Foundation SPF 10 masks blemishes and discoloration but doesn't look caked on. 

2. For Sheer Coverage
Even makeup-phobes love the completely transparent finish of Avon Anew Beauty Age-Transforming Foundation SPF 15.  

3. For Dry Skin
For a dewy, more moisturized complexion, indulge in a few swipes of Shiseido The Makeup Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation. macys.com

4. For Oily Skin
If your skin tends to shine or get splotchy, go for an all-natural mineral foundation like L'Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Makeup. Available at drugstores. 

5. For Sealing the Deal
Talk about a triple threat! Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel smooths onto skin as a nearly invisible primer, full-coverage foundation, and color corrector. The gel-like formula feels silky and looks natural. sephora.com

6. For Masking Dark Circles
In its pen applicator, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch contains light-reflecting particles that illuminate the eye area with just a few quick strokes. 

7. For Covering Blemishes
For hard-to-cover spots, stick concealer is your best bet. Try Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer, which helps skin retain moisture with green tea extract. $70, neimanmarcus.com. Apply it with a brush like Trish McEvoy's 44 Precision Concealer Brush -- just dot concealer directly onto the spot itself, then blend it in with your fingers. bloomingdales.com

Big Breakthrough
SK-II Air Touch Foundation sticks only to positive charges (i.e., skin) while steering clear of negative charges (hair and clothes). Spray it directly onto your face for a smooth, natural finish. saksfifthavenue.com.

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