From erasing dark spots to the perfect lip balm, these skin savers will have you fresh and glowing in no time.
Micellar water—a soap-free, no-rinse facial cleanser—contains micelles, molecules that dissolve makeup, dirt, and other grime. Even stubborn mascara breaks down in a flash. We like L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water($10).
Many acne remedies are too harsh and drying. The essential oils and natural astringents in Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution($32) gently calm and treat breakouts without irritation.
Fake a Glow
When choosing a highlighter, keep in mind what type of illumination you want, says Givenchy Le Makeup artistic director Nicolas Degennes. “Powders create a matte effect, whereas a gel gives you more of a reflection.” Apply on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, and forehead, areas where the sun would naturally reflect light.
From left: Givenchy Mémoire de Forme Highlighter ($45); Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Medium/Nude Glow and Light/Iridescent ($10 each).
Tighten & Firm
Anti-aging serums, creams, and masks will penetrate better when you use them with the Clarisonic Smart Profile Firming Massage Head ($54), says Robb Akridge, a cofounder and president of Clarisonic.
Best Moisturizers for Every Age
20s: Counter the effects of being out all night. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream ($60).
30s: Protect skin from stress and pollution. Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel ($48).
40s: Increase and maintain moisture long-term. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($52).
50s: Eliminate dryness and signs of fatigue. Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme ($295).
No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum ($34) “is made for people with skin types that can’t tolerate standard retinol,” explains Mike Bell, chief scientific skin-care adviser at No7. It’s made with retinyl palmitate, which is mild but still softens fine lines.
Used alone or pre-foundation, these sheer formulas improve skin tone. Peach brightens, lavender eliminates dullness, yellow tackles dark circles, and green neutralizes redness.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector + Primer Duo SPF 20 in Peach/Lavender and Yellow/Green ($17 each).
Choose a foundation that enhances, not masks, your face. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Stick Foundation ($95), far left, is goofproof, providing light, natural coverage. Mix a drop or two of Clinique BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops ($33), left, into your go-to moisturizer for a sheerer finish.
Wake up tired, dull skin by adding a weekly peel that contains a cocktail of alpha-hydroxy acids (such as lactic, glycolic, and tartaric) to your regimen. It lifts away dead skin cells, leaving behind a clearer, smoother complexion in about 10 minutes. Try Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80).