Beauty & Beyond: Clear Skin for NYE

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First off, I begin with a big giant MERRY CHRISTMAS from my family to yours, to those for whom it applies.

But whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or whatever, we all share one holiday'??NYE. You go to the party to end all parties. You do up your hair and makeup beyond all over night's of hair and makeup. You don the glamour that ends all glamour. And there'??s always the fear of the zit to end all photo opps.

Everyone'??s always giving you tips for putting on the most dramatic, glittery eyes or the most luscious kissable lips for the midnight smooch. But what do you do if you have a giant blemish in the middle of this other-wise perfect canvas? I'm here to tell you.

Cover-up covers up things, right? Truth. So this must be fail-safe, fool-proof, right? False. Consider: If you wear a thin beach cover-up over your bikini, you'??ll have a nice sexy effect. Wear a cover-up over a cover-up over a cover-up, people might vacate the premises because you look crazy (note to self: try this the next time the beach is too crowded this summer).

Same goes with covering up blemishes. Sure, concealer conceals, but let'??s not go overboard, shall we? You don'??t just slap on a bunch and poof'?¦where did that zit go? Nope. You need to put some thought into the process. The wrong color coverage means highlighting zits'?¦not exactly what we were striving for. A too-heavy foundation will show every bump and any uneven texture'?¦once again'?¦not the goal.

My friend Debra Macki, celeb makeup artist extraordinaire (think Rihanna and Ke$ha, among others), gave me some quick go-to tips when it comes to covering blemishes with makeup in a natural way.

'?¢ To even out your skin tone, start out with a primer (I like Smashbox Photo Finish). Use a small amount applied all over your face with your fingertips like a moisturizer before your makeup. It'??ll make your makeup last longer and look smoother. Smashbox even has a green tinted primer to counteract the red from breakouts/rosacea/sensitivity.

  • With foundation, go for an oil-free formula for oily skin and you'??ll get a more matte look. Everyone else (that'??s you, normal to dry or mature) should use moisturizing formulas. Try Trish McEvoy's oil-free Even Skin Foundation, it's my favorite.
  • One of the biggest mistakes people make when covering imperfections is using the same concealer under eyes (typically one shade lighter than your skin) as on blemishes. If you use a concealer that'??s one shade lighter on a blemish, you'??re highlighting it, not concealing it. Genius. A concealer used to cover a blemish needs to be the same exact color as your skin.
  • Less is more. Apply your concealer with a brush and only where you need it (on the blemish itself). This will ensure the best application that will make your makeup look smoother. You'??ll use less product, which also saves you money, and it won'??t look cakey. Don'??t get us wrong. We like cake'?¦just not on your face. Pat to smooth the edges in.
  • Set your makeup with powder so it lasts longer, doesn'??t crease, and will look matte. A very lightweight powder that takes the cake and won'??t make you look cakey is Make Up For Ever'??s HD Powder.

Now you'll be putting your best face forward for an unforgettable New Year's Eve. Happy 2013!

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

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