Despite all our best skin care efforts, many of us struggle with certain features that, shall we say, make us feel as though the Good Genes Fairy passed us by. But if you believe your ruddy complexion or wimpy lashes are beyond hope, we have some good news for you: Breakthroughs in product ingredients and technology can make a real difference! These are not overnight fixes, but with continued use, you will see tangible results. Meanwhile, for those times when you need a little extra help, try these natural makeup suggestions — they all received raves from the TIA community.
PROBLEM: Dark Undereye Circles
LONG-TERM SOLUTION: Eye serum
AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) — The key active is AQ’s human fibroblast conditioned media. This contains growth factors that signal the cells to do a myriad things, including stimulating collagen and glycosaminoglycan production and inhibiting matrix degradation. Complementary to the growth factors are peptides, including Matrixyl 3000. Additional ingredients help depuff the eyes, improve lymphatic circulation and strengthen the capillaries.
QUICK FIX: Concealer
La Vie Celeste Illumine Under-Eye Concealer ($32.50) is a brightening under-eye concealer that contains antioxidants and fatty acids for anti-aging properties. Jennifer says, "To call this product a mere concealer doesn't do it justice. I'd call it a miracle eye beautifier."
PROBLEM: Red, Blotchy Complexion
LONG-TERM SOLUTION: LED light and facial serum
Truth Renew PLUS Ultrasonic LED ($159) offers three modes — ultrasonic, LED (light emitting diode) and galvanic (positive and negative ions) — that can be used simultaneously or separately. The LED lights help with wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne, with red light particularly targeting smoothing, rosacea and broken veins. At-home beauty devices have been downsized from the doctor’s office and are genuinely effective, safe and achieve results.
Prana AU 24K Gold Serum ($96) — This facial skin rejuvenation serum uses real gold flakes to boost collagen production by stimulating blood flow and oxygen circulation. Prana's luxurious serum does an excellent job of plumping and smoothing the skin and fading fine lines, and it even calms redness and seems to minimize broken veins.
QUICK FIX: Foundation
La Vie Celeste Creme Foundation ($42) is a natural mineral cream foundation that provides a lightweight, sheer-looking coverage. Pamela says it makes her skin "look beautifully even-toned, but it still looks like my skin — very natural, just more beautiful."
Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation is a lightweight foundation formulated with organic aloe juice, fruit extracts and minerals. Lynn says, "It isn't a thick covering, it is fine & light, perfect for everyday use."
PROBLEM: Dry, Thin Lips
LONG-TERM SOLUTION: Lip Cream
Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) — Since our lips lack the protective layer of sweat and oil that the rest of our body has, they are prone to dryness, thinning and lip lines. Your Best Face Define is specifically formulated for the lip area with peptides to smooth lines antioxidants to protect lips and enhance color over time. Long-term use will give you brighter, fuller and more contoured lips.
QUICK FIX: Lip Color
W3LL People Universalist Multi-Use Color Stick is an organic, creamy and paraben-free multi-purpose color stick that gives skin a healthy glow to eyes, cheeks and lips. Stacie says, "One swipe of these is an instant pick-me-up."
RMS Beauty Lip Shine ($25) is formulated with nutrient-rich moringa oil to protect and hydrate the lips while delivering color and shine. Jennifer loves "that the color is buildable, and that it's bright but also natural looking."
PROBLEM: Sparse, Short Lashes
LONG-TERM SOLUTION: Lash Serum
AQ Skin Solutions Lash ($135 in the shop) — The key ingredient in AQ's lash serum is a complex composition of human growth factors, which can actually signal to cells to repair wrinkles or grow lashes. In addition, it contains vitamin B and a peptide to improve the irrigation of the hair follicle. Using this safe and effective eyelash treatment serum consistently will result in stronger, longer, and darker lashes.
QUICK FIX: Mascara
Chella Water Resistant Black Mascara ($25) is a vegan, cruelty-free mascara that uses panthenol and cocoa butter to moisturize and thicken lashes. Ann says, "It isn't harsh or irritating or difficult to remove."