5 Finds for a Flawless Face.

The beauty products you need for a flawless face.

Let's face it, a flawless face is always the goal. We prep and prime with skin care and primers and use makeup to accent our best features. A flawless face is the perfect base and easy to achieve with the right products. I have found many concealers, foundations and powders to do the trick of achieving the most beautiful flawless face. Here are my latest finds.

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Summer Must: Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder.

Even those of use with dry skin get shiny in the summer. Whether it is oil, sweat or just some shine for no specific reason, I am not a fan of looking greasy. Seriously. Who likes shiny skin? Urban Decay doesn't and has just relaunched this favorite powder to get rid of all things shiny. Meet De-Slick Mattifying Powder.

Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder

De-Slick does what it sounds like it does. It gets rid of that un-flattering slick shine. It does this with rice powder. It is super lightweight and super absorbent, so not only does it banish shine, but it actually absorbs oil. What is really great about De-Slick is that it comes in one universal shade good for every skin tone. Really, it is. Don't let the pale lavender color scare you. It goes on invisibly and simply gets rid of shine and controls it all throughout the day.

To apply, you can use the enclosed sponge, but I like to use a fluffy powder brush to do the trick. De-Slick never looks cakey or dull. It honestly doesn't even look like I am wearing powder after I apply it. All it does is absorb the shine.

De-Slick Mattifying Powder sells for $32.00 and is available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy's and urbandecay.com.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion Starter Kit.

Looking for the perfect, flawless canvas to start your makeup? Instead of continually trying and mixing and matching brands, try this HD Complexion Starter Kit from MAKE UP FOR EVER and have your look changed - for the better.

Seriously, just think about the different combination of primers, foundations and powders you have tried in the past. Or maybe you are new at getting started with perfecting your makeup look. Both answers can boggle your mind. Finding not only the right shade, but the right primers and finishing powders that actually work with the foundation - not against them - are not as easy to find as you think. No more with this kit, which MAKE UP FOR EVER has perfected. The HD Complexion Starter Kit not only gives you the perfect primer and powder, this one actually gives you a choice of foundations. And not just a few shades. You can select from any of MUFE's full range of 26 foundation shades.

The HD Complexion Starter Kit contains:

  • HD Microfinish Powder
  • HD Kabuki Brush
  • HD Microperfecting Primer
  • HD Invisible Cover Foundation

The kit retails for $79, which is a great deal considering the foundation alone is $40.00.

Selecting one of the foundation shades is a breeze too. All you have to do is use MAKE UP FOR EVER's interactive shade finder: www.hd.makeupforeverusa.com/shadefinder. MUFE created the shade finder tool to help women find their perfect foundation match online. Since they hear from clients all the time that they are too afraid to buy foundation online for the first time because they don’t know what shade they are, this tool helps you find the perfect shade - the first time. It is just two steps, and it recommended the shade that I use, 120, which I had matched in the store.

The result from using all three products is pretty flawless.  I smooth on about a pearl sized amount of the HD Microperfecting Primer and rub it gently into my skin. After a minute or so, when it feels dry, I use two pumps of the HD Invisible Cover Foundation.  I actually squirt it on the back of my hand and apply it with my damp beautyblender sponge.  With a bit of the foundation I have left over, I apply a bit to the bottom of my cheeks with my fingertips.  I have a bit of redness here, and using my fingertips insures more of a full coverage, where I need it.  Finally, I finish with a very light dusting of the HD Microfinish Powder. The HD Kabuki Brush makes this process seamless.  I actually gently shade the powder, and swirl the brush into the cap.  You will barely notice any powder there, just a very light dusting, and that is really all of the powder that you need. The result, is a natural, beautiful, almost perfect looking canvas. It isn't too dewy or not too matte.  My skin looks and feels like satin, ready for the rest of my makeup. The best part is, it looks that way all day!

Just in case your new beautiful complexion has you feeling like a model, enter MAKE UP FOR EVER's first ever open casting call to find the model their upcoming unretouched ad campaign.  All you have to do is create your own picture-perfect make up look and then submit it for consideration via the microsite, www.hd.makeupforeverusa.com by February 1st.  All finalists’ photos will be posted on Facebook and the winner will be flown to NYC for a professional photo shoot in late February. How fun! If you enter, let me know.