Not everyone can have skin as beautiful as Victoria’s Secret models, but you can achieve that with these winners. From foundations to concealers, bronzers to blushers, look the best you ever have! Check back next week for the conclusion of Second City Style’s 2007 Beauty Olympics.
Best Liquid Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk $50, www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com
â€œThe name says it all. It feels like silk on my face and it looks like a million!â€? â€”Melissa; Miami, FL
Best Non-Liquid Foundation: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick $38, www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Light, medium or heavy coverage . . . it’s up to you!
â€œThis is a beauty staple. I keep one in my purse and one in my bathroom drawer at all times! I can use it to conceal for the days I’m just running out the door or just running late . . . Or I use it when I could use more coverage. With this on my face, I constantly get the â€˜You’re skin looks great’ remarks or â€˜you have the most flawless skin.’ I absolutely love it!â€?
Best Oil-Free Foundation: Laura Mercier $40, www.lauramercier.com
â€œIt looks like I’m not wearing any makeup. Fantastic!â€? â€”Chrystine; New York, NY
Best Tinted Moisturizer: Bobbi Brown Extra SPF Tinted Moisturizer Balm $48, www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
â€œKept my face really moisturized and evened out my skin tones. It is an all in one – moisturizer, SPF 25, plus foundation. Plus, best of all it was really light weight.â€? â€”Bonnie; Chicago, IL
â€œIt is simply amazing. The color was perfect and it went on smoothly and it didn’t clog my pores, it kept my skin moist and protected it from the wind.â€? -Joanne; Chicago, IL
Best Primer: Tarte Clean Slate $27, www.tartecosmetics.com
â€œLove the feel – a nice soft layer on my face, and I can also use around my eyes to hold on make-up.â€? â€”Carol, Chicago, IL
Best Under-Eye Concealer:
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $22, www.lauramercier.com
â€œWith just a dab of this under my eyes, I’m ready to run out the door. It makes me look rested and covers everything under my eyes without it looking as if I am wearing any makeup.â€? -Sarah; Atlanta, GA
Best Blemish Concealer: Tarte â€œThe Eraserâ€? $19, www.tartecosmetics.com
Face Powders, Blush and Bronzers
Best Pressed Powder: MAC Blot Powder $20, www.maccosmetics.com
â€œWhen taking pictures, my face always shined. I tried powders and blotting sheets, but nothing seemed to work for a long period of time until I tried this. It takes the shine away without adding color or texture, but absorbs the oil and leaves my skin shine free! I’m ready for my close up!â€? â€”Natayle; Atlanta, GA
Best Powder Blush: MAC Powder Blush $17.50, www.maccosmetics.com
The color selection is endless!
Best Cream Blush: NARS Cream Blush $23, www.narscosmetics.com
Best Stain or Gel Blush: Tarte Cheek Stain $28, www.tartecosmetics.com
Best Powder Bronzer: EstÃ©e Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer $29.50, www.esteelauder.com
Best Liquid Bronzer: Mystic Glo Facial Bronzing Shimmer Cream $25.95, www.mystictan.com
5. Tarte Primer
9. MAC Blush
10. Nars Cream Blush
13. Mystic Glo
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