Beauty 101: The A List: Face

Okay, so here’s the post you’ve all been dying to read. I just know it. My A List products for the FACE.

Included in the line up are: Concealer, Powder, Foundation, Blush, Highlighter AND Bronzer. I’m not kidding when I say it took me 5 f*cking days to publish. Ya’ll better recognize.

As always, feel free to approve, reject or add to the list. Also, I haven’t tried all these products personally, I’d like to think I’m somewhat of a product hoarder but using 40 different types of concealer is pretty ridiculous, even for me. The list is based upon customer reviews and ratings within the industry, as well as my own personal experiences…

Enjoy, and remember that no amount of makeup will conceal a bitchy face. This is from personal experience as well.



1. Bobbi Brown Concealer in Almond $23

(Concealer for Dark Skin)


Glides on like silk and coveres every imperfection.

2. Tarte Maracuja $24

(Eco Friendly Concealer)


A creamy formula with maracuja oil (vitamin C and essential fatty acids) that disguises undereye circles without drawing attention to lines. (Light is the most popular) boast a matte, not powdery, finish, so skin looks soft.

3. Murad $21

(Medicated Acne Concealer)

Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

This salicylic acid–laced stick fights and masks acne without causing skin to flake unlike other medicated concealers. All three shades have yellowish tones that neutralize honking zits, unlike so many pink-based formulas that end up emphasizing redness.

4. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Honey $70

(Olive Skin Concealer)


A little on the pricer side but just a tiny dot of the peach-laced formula sends circles and zits into oblivion.

5. Clé de Peau Beauté $70



Creamy and light reflecting. The balmlike texture diffuses both undereye circles and blemishes but won’t leave tacky traces of its hard work.

6. Nars in Cacao $22

(Dark Skin Concealer)


Creamy, smooth, and incredibly blendable, it has a deep-gold tinge that subdues dark circles.

7. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $28

(Blemish Concealer)


Once combined, the yellow based and taupe shades in this dual compact perfectly neutralize flaws. The formula is also oil-free, so it stays put all day.

8. L’Oréal True Match Concealer $9

(Inexpensive Concealer)


This cover-up disappears in seconds—and takes all evidence of shine, spots and pores with it. It has amazing coverage but is completely invisible.

9. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer $9


This formula is lightweight, masking all of your imperfections without feeling like it’s caked on.

10. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil $17


A nice smudge free cover up stick that covers up flare ups easily. It’s also easy to apply to the inner corners of our undereye area.

11. Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal $35


The ultimate multi-tasker. ultimate multitasker. It offers hydration, sun protection, medium coverage and skin-brightening pigments in tube form.

12. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch in No. 1 $40

(Most popular concealer)


Its light-reflecting pigments banish dark circles without looking obvious and it really makes your eyes pop.

13. Prescriptives Site Unseen Brightening Concealer $22

(Brightening Concealer)


Seamlessly hiding undereye circles while brightening skin, leaving it dewy and hydrated, this stuff Bonus: It contains SPF 15.

14. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat $40

(Undereye Concealer)

 this creamy concealer hides undereye circles without creating a cakey look, thanks to its weightless texture.

15. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence $20

(Blemish Concealer)


This concealer stays put, has incredible coverage, and just a little bit does the job, plus it comes in 4 different shades.

16. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $28

(Redness Neutralizing Concealer)


This creamy concealer contains two shades, so it’s easy to blend a perfect match. Its yellow tones make it the best concealer for eradicating redness and discoloration.

17. Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer $30


Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body.

18. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer $40


Formulated to erase the appearance of all skin imperfections: dark circles, broken capillaries, sun damage, blemishes, redness and more. Unlike traditional concealers, the AmazingConcealer is so concentrated, you only need to use tiny pin-dot amounts of product to cover up.

19. Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer $25


This is a blendable secret weapon that provides the ultimate, customizable coverage, in four simple steps: prep, conceal, perfect, and set. The four-step process hides tattoos, dark circles, and blemishes. Ultimate tool.

20. Benefit Erase Paste $25


A concentrated, creamy, blendable concealer that instantly brightens and camouflages all-in-one.

21. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $25


Ideal for all skin types, Radiant Creamy Concealer is a multiaction formula that instantly obscures imperfections, blurs the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. The multiactive botanical blend hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture. It also delivers antioxidant protection to protect the skin against damaging free radicals.

22. bareMinerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $18


A creamy concealer with SPF 20 protection that hides imperfections and diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discolorations.

23. Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen $30


This stuff  acts like a shadow chaser and a complexion reviver by immediately reducing visible signs of fatigue. Its perfectly fluid, soothing texture is fragrance-free and contains SPF 10 sun protection and Actiwake Complex, a Givenchy exclusive that combines two multivitamin-charged plant extracts for a refreshed, revitalized complexion. Another awesome multitasker.

24. Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen $40


This unique blend of hydrating and antiaging ingredients—this next-generation concealer brightens, hydrates, and soothes the skin while providing the coverage you need for a fresh, bright-eyed finish. The patented palladium applicator cools on contact to reduce puffiness and one click is all it takes for the perfect amount of product. I love this stuff. The brightener is great too.

25. MAC Studio Fix Concealer $25


This pot concealer is the ultimate coverage tool. Long lasting and easy to apply with your tool of choice as well.


1. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $34


This loose powder is damn fine—literally. The translucent flecks are so delicately milled, they disappear into skin while also reflecting light for a photoshopped look. Who can hate that?

2. Bare Minerals $27


(Mineral Foundation)

This preservative and talc-free foundation minimizes skin imperfections. Another plus, won’t spatter all over your vanity, thanks to the click and-lock sifter in the packaging.

3. Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder $14


The iridescent flecks in most mineral powders can leave skin looking frosty. But this tri-color formula instantly warms complexions with a healthy flush that won’t fade, lasting up to 16 hours. I’ve used this in the past and found it to be long lasting and the iridescence is really flattering on top of your regular foundation.

4. Cargo Plant Love $10

(Green Make Up)

100 percent renewable and greenhouse-gas neutral—is as good for the planet as it is for your complexion.

6. CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder $7


(Inexpensive Powder)

A nice affordable powder for quick fixes.

7. MAC Blot $21

(Pressed Powder)


This stuff is great because it absorbs oil and shine without adding another layer of makeup.

8. Shu Uemura Face Powder $39

(Loose Powder)


This sheer, translucent powder is so finely milled it’s like a second skin. Once you put it on, you can’t see any powder, and the gold and rose tint is really nice.

9. Sally Hansen Corn Silk Shineless Matte $6

(Inexpensive Powder)


This cool, hypermilled fine powder (which contains microfine walnut shells and silk powder) is no better way to make oily skin look fresh. It also won’t change the color of your foundation.

10. Bare Minerals Broad Spectrum Original Foundation $ 30


Delivers flawless coverage and the creamy minerals are clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin over time. It looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity.

11. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $60


A collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. Definitely going to try this one out.

12. Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation $38


Delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skintone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this talc-free, moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.


1. L’Oréal Paris True Match $7

(Inexpensive Foundation)


Great coverage, large variety of shades and it goes on nice and smooth.

2. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation $43

(Oily Skin Foundation)


The nice matte finish is perfect for oily skin, and it’s sheer but can be built up without actual build up.

3. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk $60


Smooth and radiant and suits all ages.

4. Laura Mercier $42

(Tinted Moisturizer)


A nice little one stop that’s natural and infused with antioxidants. It moisturizes, has a hint of color, and contains SPF.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation $55


Similar to the famous Touche Eclat undereye concealer, this foundation comes with a built-in brush that’s stiff enough to give you control but soft enough to gently swoosh around the contours of the face.

6. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick $40


Portable and offers full coverage, this rich and smooth texture is perfect.

7. CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Foundation $11


This ultralight foundation blends easily and contains anti-aging ingredients like green tea, vitamins B and E, and skin-smoothing penta-peptides. Plus it’s made with SPF 10 and comes in 15 shades.

8. Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation $42


Nobara means “wild rose” in Japanese, and the effect of this creamy compact is just as pretty and petal-soft. It’s available in 12 shades with “excellent” yellow undertones that complement most complexions.

9. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation $40


This foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, plus it can withstand any type of harsh lighting.

10. Clinique Even Better Makeup $25


A dermatologist-developed liquid foundation that immediately brightens and evens out the skintone with naturally luminous minerals. Plus, it works even when you’re not wearing it by evening out the skin tone and diminishing dark spots.

11. Smashbox Liquid Halo $40


This HD formula completely evens out skin, but is undetectable to the naked eye.  This oil-free foundation works with all undertones and builds from sheer to medium coverage.

12. SEPHORA COLLECTION 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation $20


Conceal blemishes, pigmentation marks, scars, and dark spots with this foundation that promises a natural, beautiful finish. This formula blends with your skintone to create an invisible veil; a second skin that adapts to all the movements of the face for optimum comfort all-day long.

13. Guerlain
Tenue De Perfection Timeproof Foundation SPF 20 $25


A long-wearing foundation with an advanced formula that binds with the skin for flawless, comfortable, 16-hour coverage.

14. Shiseido The Makeup Dual Balancing Foundation SPF 17 $30


This foundation increases moisture in dry areas and minimizes shine for a semi-matte finish and medium coverage. Formulated with an exclusive ingredient complex of hyaluronic acid and hydro-wrap vitalizing DE complex, this product promotes ideal moisture levels in skin’s dry areas. It also contains prismatic nano-powder to increase luminosity and conceal pores. Whaaat. Worth the price.

15. Stila Perfect & Correct Foundation $50


This lightweight foundation offers buildable coverage for a youthful and luminous complexion. Combining an advanced emollient system to hydrate and moisturize the skin, a unique multimineral complex, and an array of skin-soothing ingredients, Perfect and Correct delivers a luxurious, high-performance, and high-definition foundation.


1. Laura Mercier $32


This lightweight formula is quite the understudy. It preps skin, softens pores, and fills in lines.

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36


This stuff is a cult favorite for a reason. It calms pores, evens out the skin tone and creates a perfect base for foundation. This velvety formula is also teeming with antioxidants, so skin begins to look smoother all on its own.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel $35


Work a dab of this oil- and fragrance-free gel onto clean skin and say goodbye to pesky mid-afternoon shine. It’s also nice and lightweight which allows the skin to breathe.

4. Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood $30


This stuff mattifies the complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. It’s also packaged pretty cool.

5. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer $30


Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract, and a powerful dose of Retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified.

6. SEPHORA COLLECTION Anti-Shine Foundation Primer $15


The special formula creates an excellent canvas for concealer or foundation, ensuring smoother application and longer, more-even wear.

7. Benefit Cosmetics  ‘That Gal’ Brightening Face Primer $28


A silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter.

8. Philosophy
The Present Invisible Skin Perfector & Oil-Free Makeup Primer $20


A colorless day-and-night skin perfector that camouflages fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, and gives the skin a flawlessly airbrushed appearance.

9. Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel $40


 A cosmetic-care primer developed to enhance make-up application and longevity by flooding the skin with immediate rehydration. Providing an instant smoothing effect, it rehydrates, calms, and refreshes skin.


1. NARS in Torrid $29

(Blush for Olive Skin)


Apricot in the pan but pink coral on cheeks, this gold-flecked tone brightens a yellow-tinged complexion. This blush in general is a must have for any girl. The variety of colors it comes in is insane. No shade is missed. Definitely something to invest in.

2. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette $30


This is my favorite blush palette. The colors are perfect and really complimentary. this compact with its sheer golden bronzer, champagne highlighter, and rosy coral blush. Used alone or blended together, the paraben-free formulas give skin of all tones a really great radiance.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay $26

(Eco Friendly Blush)


The clay base lends a matte finish that’s perfect for oily types, but it also has hydrating Amazonian clay that makes nice with mature skin. It comes in a bunch of different colors with Dollface – a pale pink being the popular choice.

4. NARS in Orgasm

(Most popular)


This shade is a cult fav. It gives a flush look, as if you’ve just skiied the Alpine slopes and it’s impossible to overdo. A must have in any makeup kit.

5. Stila Convertible Color $25


All nine colors, including tawny-pink Peony, a top seller, are richly pigmented and crazy-easy to blend.

6. L’Oréal True Match $11

(Inexpensive Blush)


Tender Rose, a cool pink, is the most popular. There’s 11 other shades that are smooth and create a luminous look. This is one luxe product that’s being concealed as a drugstore brand.

7. Tarte Maracuja $32


This dual-purpose tint comes in three shimmery shades (pink, peach, and champagne). Cheekbones look sharper, and skin seems glowier—and softer too, thanks to vitamins C and E.

8. Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face $30


Laced with pink and golden undertones, a few drops of this iridescent fluid warm the apples of our cheeks without a hint of frost. I really like this stuff because it makes you look like you just came from a run when really you’ve been sitting in bed reaching for the remote.

9. Benefit Bene-Tint $30


Liquid flush, Enough said.

10. Benefit Dandelion $30


Benefit’s ballerina-pink pressed highlighting powder. Just one stroke of Dandelion takes your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant. It’s shimmery, satiny, radiant, perk-me-up finish is perfect for a quick AM makeup routine.

11. Diorskin Shimmer Star $40


This Spring Dior introduces Diorskin Shimmer Star, a light-filled pressed powder enriched with Jeweled Microdust. (This exists). These five micro-shimmering tones set off sparks of brilliance, highlighting your complexion. The ultra-fine, super-blendable formula virtually fuses with your skin for a sheer, radiant luminosity.

12. Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights $30


This is one of my FAV products. These golden, tan, bronze and peachy shimmer tones compliment every skin tone. You can wear them alone or layered. GIves off a really nice candlelit finish.

13. Make Up Forever Powder Blush $20


Another one of my favorites, this stuff is highly pigmented so it goes a long way (on your face and in your wallet). As all Make Up Forever products, they’re high density pigment, and the matte texture lets you get a really nice pop of color with a little bit.

14. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Pink Quartsz $40

5 shades of pearly color that give off a warm blush and shimmer.

15. Benefit Sugar Bomb $30


Benefit blushes are amazing. The combination of colors are so complimentary and each shade is unique. This contains a peach, rose, shimmering pink and a plum. Using a couple layered strokes is more than enough for a really nice flush.


1. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat $40


Under the eyes, atop brown spots, or in the corners of the mouth, this noglitter brightener.

2. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer $59


Dotting this on the nose and cheekbones and then blending it into your makeup gives off a flawless sheen.  Each hue (best seller No. 11 is a scintillating rose gold) lends a glowy, not glittery, finish.

3. NARS The Multiple $39


For allover radiance, pros swear that this luminizing stick is the next best thing to bathing in candlelight.

4. Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer $22


I swear by this stuff – it’s my (now not so) secret weapon in my makeup kit. You can use it with foundation for a barely there sheen, others dab it directly onto cheekbones as a highlighter. “It’s versatile—try it as a sheer eye shadow, or put it on top of your lip gloss.

5. Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator $23


You can use this sheer liquid for a wash of shimmery color on cheeks or to highlight your brow bones, but we really love it on the decollete. With four shades ranging from pale pink to a deep bronze, it can work as a brightener for dark skin or a bronzer for lighter tones.

6. Benefit High Beam $24


Another go-to luminizer of mine. This pink-tinged shimmer lotion draws the light to your skin in all the right places. It’s one of the best highlighters for all skin tones and the nailpolish – like brush makes it easy to apply.

7. Revlon Skinlights Illusion Wand $9


This skin-illuminating pen contains rose quartz, mother-of-pearl and silicone to reflect light away from undereye circles, hide tiny lines and brighten skin. In a choice of three colors with an SPF 12. Amazing product for the drugstore price.


1. Guerlain Terracotta in No. 2 Blondes $51


Just what you need for a sun kissed glow.

2. Tarte Matte Mineral Powder $29


When you want warmth that won’t put a floodlight on fine lines, this shimmer-free formula does the trick. And the mineral-and-clay base buffs away imperfections.

3. NARS in Casino $36


This nice chocolate shade is perfect for olive toned skin.

4. NARS in Laguna $36


Not a speck of orange—just a warm, tawny glow brings out the cheekbones. Really nice if you’re going for a softer look instead of J Lo glow.

5. Bobbi Brown in Deep $35


This matte bronzer has a caramel brown undertone for Kardashian style conturing.

6. Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Light Bronze $8


One swoosh of this tawny, shine-absorbing powder adds glow and zaps grease.

7. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact $38


I mentioned this before in the BLUSH section and I’m mentioning it here because it’s double duty. The unique coloring also adds a sheen like no other.

8. MAC Bronzing Powder $22


This compact gives you great glow without the usual metallic sheen. Plus, it’s not too orangey, so it’s great for contouring.

9. Revlon Skinlights $20


This was the first illuminator/highlighter I ever bought. It’s amazing. The pump, the color, the amount of shimmer – amazing for a drugstore brand. It gives a great sun kissed look to the skin, and it’s smooth and easy enough to apply that you can glide it over your collarbones and shoulders for a extra bit of sparkle.

10. Hourglass
    Ambient Lighting Powder $45


Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. Jessica Alba uses this brand religiously. That should be enough for you.

    Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Rose Gold $40


This creamy powder luminizer is like crushed gemstones in a compact for refined luminosity in any light. The formula features ultrafine luminescent pearls that adjust and become one with your skin so your perfect glow stays into the night.

12. Marc Jacobs Beauty
    Lightshow Luminizing Powder $65


Although it’s on the pricer side (as expected with this particular line) this multi-dimensional powder flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections.  The formula provides a subtle glow with a universal blend of three complexion-brightening shades, dusted with gold accents for a radiant, glowing complexion.

13. Too Faced
    Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo $30


I love this stuff. It does exactly what it says. This formula offers a more ethereal glow by using “Photolite” technology which diffuses harsh light, giving your skin a soft, youthful luminosity. The powder formula is easy to apply to cheeks, brow bones, and décolleté for a quick all-over glow. The sheer golden powder warms skintone, while the gilded-rose formula brightens and illuminates. That, and pretty much everything Too Faced is too pretty to passup.

    Diamond Powder $25


Diamond Powder combines both the pearly iridescence of Star Powder and the brightness of Glitter.  It is almost entirely composed of pure synthetic mother-of-pearl.  The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied.

15. Smashbox Soft Lights $30


Like the one in the BLUSH section, this stuff doesn’t disappoint. They’re jumbo pots that hold the most silky powder that adds shimmer to both the face and body.

Next up….Pucker Up.


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