This selection is not so much about makeup as doing clever things for challenging complexions. The Truth In Aging Olympics honors those clever little items that give sheer near perfection, color balance and subtle camouflage for flaws. They do all of this without it looking as if you are wearing makeup at all. In fact, you can say that you don’t wear makeup and wear these every day. Now you know my dirty little secret. The Gold Medal goes to RMS Beauty’s “Un”-Cover Up, that is concealer, foundation and somehow neither of these. Not what it seems, Osmotics Inner Light takes the Silver and more than bronze-worthy is Alima’s magic powder.
RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Up
($36 in the TIA shop
). RMS makeup does no evil, and also performs incredibly well. “Un” Cover Up is a really good concealer – just about one of the best I have ever used - that is creamy without being greasy. Its coverage is subtle and yet cover it does (even men could use this undetected). It can also be used as a foundation and the shades are easy to wear as they adjust to your natural skin tone. “Un” Cover Up is often used to camouflage rosacea and Rose Marie (RMS’s founder) says that many devotees claim that it actually seems to help clear up, not merely cover up, their symptoms.
Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancement
($30 in the TIA shop
). If you find that conventional foundation (even mineral) can make you look older, consider a different approach. I tried this non-foundation foundation a couple of years or so ago and have lost count of how many tubes I have bought since then. This pinkish cream is based on spherical pigments that, along with some silicone, plant oils and vitamins, create a light-defusing layer that really can’t be seen. It is your skin with fewer imperfections. Read the review
Alima Pure Color Balancing Powder
($17 in the TIA shop
). This complexion correcting powder comes in four improbable shades that really do an amazing job of balancing skin tone. I have Pistachio and was surprised about how green this powder was when I first opened the container. Yet it took down all my redness, leaving me pale and interesting. Color Balancing Powder has the most focused ingredients list I have ever seen; mica and iron oxides. That's it.
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Ingredients in “Un” Cover Up: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
Ingredients in Inner Light: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Allantoin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDT, Tromethamine.
Ingredients in Color Balancing Powder: Mica (CI 77019), May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).