Sometimes when faced with a wall of shiny new products in the beauty aisle, we buy things we don’t know how to use.
Sometimes we don’t even know how they work or what they’re supposed to do. We don’t mean to, we just get sucked in by the fancy schmancy packaging.
And who can blame us? It’s a baffling new world out there in the beauty industry.
Three-step skincare routines have turned into six or seven-step routines.
There’s products that ‘magically blur’ fine lines and wrinkles and ones that somehow illuminate and chemically exfoliate.
It’s no wonder we’re confused, and in need of a white lab coat and science degree to figure this stuff out.
But it’s okay, I’ve got my pen protector in my top pocket; we’re gonna figure this out together.
CC = colour corrective. So if you have pigmentation or dark spots, redness or uneven skin tone a CC cream ‘corrects’ areas that you can’t cover by building up layers of BB cream or foundation alone.
Try: I found the Clinique CC cream too dry for my skin, but know so many people who can’t live with out it. I love L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream and Smashbox Camera Ready CC cream (Mamamia publisher, Mia Freedman is obsessed with this one).
Foundations got jealous of all the fun illuminators like YSL’s Touche Eclat were having and decided they wanted in. The light-reflecting pigments in these super foundations help fake that glowy-dewy-I-woke-up-like-this model skin that takes ages for makeup artists to fake. And who doesn’t want skin like that?
Try: L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation (it’s SUPERB), Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation, Clinique Moisture Surge.
Sounds terrifying, but I promise that you won’t end up with skin a la Samantha in Sex and the City. Rather than having a granular texture that traditional face scrubs have, chemical exfoliants contain ingredients like salicyclic acid to micro-exfoliate, which lift dead cells to brighten and soften the skin.