A girlfriend and I recently attended a beauty bash at an upscale medical spa. My friend pointed out her perceived faults to the doctor, asking the doc what could be done for the wrinkles between her eyes (Botox), a sun spot on her cheek (IPL), and finally, dark circles under her eyes.
"Honey," the female physician replied, "that's what cover up is for."
While technology has come a long way, baby, there are still some things that are best "treated" with a dab of concealer and a dose of acceptance. This week, I've rounded up some of the best products on the market for those of us with a little something to hide — all tried and tested by me.
Miracle Skin Transformer
Sarah McNamara's Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 is a tinted treatment moisturizer made with natural silicones to enhance, hydrate and protect skin. Available in seven shades ranging from translucent to deep dark, this matte product truly delivers on its promise to "transform" skin by hydrating, reducing redness and minimizing pigment inconsistencies and the appearance of pores and fine lines. All while serving up skin-saving broad spectrum SPF 20/UVA/UVB protection. This Miracle isn't cheap; get it for $48 at miracleskintransformer.com.
When I really need to hide something, I turn to Smart Cover's Concealing Crème, a high-powered cream concealer with the strength to make blemishes, scars, tattoos and the like seemingly — albeit temporarily — disappear. This opaque cover-up is smudge-resistant, waterproof and non-greasy. It goes on smoothly, applies evenly and stays put for hours. I keep the small tube ($16.50 for just under an ounce) in my bag for events and interviews because I can count on it to keep even passing imperfections — think breakouts and bug bites — confidential. Get the Smart Cover collection online at smartcover.com.
Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
For those days when I wish I had just one spot to conceal, Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation is one of my favorite beauty tricks. This medium coverage foundation, available in 11 diverse shades, hides flaws such as rosacea, uneven skin tone, even minor acne scars. Best of all, it lasts — and looks gorgeous — for up to 12 hours of wear. Get it at most Macy's locations for $30 an ounce. Bear in mind: A little goes a very long way.
Make Up Forever High Definition Collection
Available exclusively at Sephora, Make Up Forever's HD Foundation ($40) is ideal for bright and harsh lighting (think movie cameras or sunny days) and comes in 25 hues to suit all skin tones. According to the company, it's the science behind the ingredient Sericite that intensifies the radiance of one's complexion. Fortunately, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognize flawless skin, thanks to the HD Complexion Starter Kit ($79 at Sephora), which includes HD Microfinish Powder, HD Kabuki Brush, HD Microperfecting Primer and HD Invisible Cover Foundation.
Momma probably told you not to point out your own flaws, and with a little help from these products, you'll look as if you have nothing to hide.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.