Skincare problems rarely get better when you cover them up. But certain multitaskers do more than just hide your imperfections — they're made with ingredients that will actually help solve the issue over time. NewBeauty magazine editor Sarah Eggenberger shares her top picks for the season:
Problem: Redness and inflammation
Solution: Colorescience Skin Mattifying Face Primer SPF 20, $46, Colorscience.com
There are many reasons our skin can be red and inflamed: From sensitivity to a product, breakouts, temperature and diet changes. This super-matte primer creates an ideal canvas for perfect looking makeup, as it goes to work on improving the look and feel of the skin. And the universal nude shade makes it ideal for all skin tones.
Why it works: This skin soother'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 powerful acne-fighting ingredient of salicylic acid, so it helps clean out pores as it hides them. Made with blue algae and antioxidants, it protects skin, controls oil and shine, and minimizes the appearance of blemishes associated with problematic skin for a healthy look.
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Problem: Blotchy and uneven skin
Solution: REN Satin Perfection BB Cream, $38, Sephora.com
Hyperpigmentation — commonly referred to as sun damage — comes from repeated exposure to the sun. It may also appear as an uneven tone or dullness in the skin, an unwelcome indicator of age. Coined as 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 multi-tasking product.
Why it works: REN Satin Perfection is a silicone-free BB cream with color-adaptive technology. This means, it takes the guess work out of searching for the perfect shade, since it adjusts to a wide range of light to medium skin tones and leaves the skin looking even-toned and with a satin, matte finish. It also provides full coverage that banishes imperfections and provides SPF and antioxidant protection while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Problem: Under-eye circles
Solution: Cargo Double Agent Concealing Balm Kit, $32 Cargocosmetics.com
Under-eye circles can happen to all of us, either from a serious lack of shut-eye or it can be hereditary. This two-in-one design includes both a cream and a powder concealer for instant camouflage and highlighting. Don't let the two steps scare you off. It's an easy application that will smooth and conceal dark circles.
Why it works: A nourishing blend of oils, butters, vitamins and pigments smooth, hydrate and conceal dark circles. The antioxidant trifecta of vitamins A, D and E tackles free radicals to ward off damage and helps prevent the look of under-eye darkness. Sweet almond oil, marula oil and cold-pressed tea seed oil sink into the skin, making the area smoother, improving elasticity and reducing any dryness.
Problem: Dry skin
Solution: Eve Lom Golden Radiance Bronzer, $48, Barneys.com
There are a number of factors that cause dry skin, from poor weather to harsh soaps and detergents, and-especially during the summer with swimming in chlorinated water and overexposure to the sun.
That perfect dewy glow can be hard to achieve with a powder, but Eve Lom goes to work to provide a dose of hydration, plus a believable bronze. It adds a healthy, golden glow to your skin in a weightless, ultra-fine formula and glides on and blends effortlessly.
Why it works: Tiny, rose-shaped particles blend and reflect light to illuminate and disguise imperfections, while adding a subtle, bronze hue. Potent fruit stem-cell extracts help deliver moisture down to the dermis, leaving skin soft, nourished and with a natural glow. Designed with convenient packaging for easy application, this formula allows for quick touch-ups while on the go.
Problem: Dry lips
Solution: Hourglass Extreme Sheen High-Shine Lip Gloss, $28, Hourglasscosmetics.com
In most cases, chapped lips are caused by the elements, but there are also a variety of additional culprits — starting with toothpaste, the lipstick you use, juices with high acidity, overexposure to the sun or frequently licking your lips.
Most glosses boast of making dry lips better, but Hourglass has an infusion of vitamins to back it up big time. The result is that lips look and feel hydrated, soft, and super shiny and are left with a pop of lasting color.
Why it works: The proprietary gel technology and the vitamin E is key to making the lips look hydrated and will help prevent against chapping and cracking. The custom applicator ensures precision application that resists bleeding.