"There is no beauty catastrophe that can't be worked around," says makeup
artist Alison Raffaele, who prevents sweat from ruining her makeup by carrying
blotting papers from May to September. And that's just to start...
Your skin is radiating - with a sunburn from hell.
If you don't wear foundation, Raffaele suggests disguising the
reverse-raccoon look with a matte bronzing powder, since "shimmer will only
draw attention to the problem, and you don't want that when you're playing
something down," she says.
To get the look: For a touchable matte finish we recommend
foundation maven Alison Raffaele's Reality Base foundation in medium coverage.
This product contains Frutta di Vita, an antioxidant formula to help prevent
free radical damage with theraputic benefits.
"At least two shades of foundation are essential; one that is your true
colour when you're at your palest and another two shades deeper for when you
have a tan. The trick is to make sure that the shades are of the same yellow
undertone - a lighter and darker version of the same
Perfect your face with this no-fail concealing trick from Alison
Raffaele, founder and creative director of Alison Raffaele Cosmetics,
in New York City.
SEEING RED? A drop of Visine on a pimple can temporarily reduce redness,
APPLY AN OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER to soften skin - it may be extra-dry if you
are using an acne treatment. For serious flaking, gently exfoliate with a
warm, wet washcloth over the breakout. Let skin dry and apply foundation (also
sans oil) as usual, including over the inflamed area.
PICK A CONCEALER thats one shade darker than your foundation to offset the
redness of the blemish - you want it to appear more brown than pink. Using a
small brush, dot the concealer on top of the spot, then tap gently with a
moist makeup sponge to help it blend seamlessly into skin.
DIP A POWDER PUFF (velvet preferred) in loose, colorless setting powder,
then apply it right over the area to help keep the concealer in place for
hours. Remove any excess powder by swirling a clean makeup brush all
over your face. Now you're covered.
Rather than layering on powder throughout the day (which makes aging skin
look like a mask by midafternoon), erase breakthrough shine on your nose or
forehead with an oil-absorbing sheet. (Yes, those tissues you used on pizza in
the high school cafeteria.) We like Alison Raffaele Oil-Blotting
Alison Raffaele Kabuki Powder Brush is packaged in a
resuable pouch and made with 100% cruelty-free Takelon bristles. And for every
tree used to produce the plush applicator, another one is planted.
Makeup-artist developed to ensure ideal powder application, its short handle
is designed to maximize portability and conserve natural