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For Fall, flawless, radiant skin is a must-have! Create the perfect canvas using products that cover imperfections, give you a natural finish and more radiant glow: 




loreal true match foundation.jpgL’Oreal True Match Foundation Spf 17 works great to not only match your skin, but this buildable base blends in evenly and is weightless to boot. $10.95








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Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup gives a flawless finish with its patent pending micro-mirrored technology that optically resurfaces skin. Oil-free. Non-acnegenic. $22.50










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Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion can be mixed with your foundation or moisturizer to give your skin that beautiful glow. Contains ginko biloba and japanese green tea for added skin benefits. $30









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Revlon Beyond Natural Duo Concealer & Highlighter works to cover imperfections- like blemishes and dark spots- as well as subtly add radiance where you want it. $9.99







LORAC perfectly lit.jpg LORAC Perfectly Lit Luminizing Oil-Free Powder creates a glow on skin that instantly brightens and evens out the skin tone. Optimizing the effect of light helps diminish the appearance of imperfections for a youthful, luminous, glowing complexion. $32







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Studio Gear Luminizer Stick adds a skintone shimmer to cheeks, eyes, and lips — anywhere you want to accent. This compact tube can be worn over foundation or alone for a sheer radiance over your bare skin. $18.50  




The new fall season will be an exciting time to try out this trend in beauty. Choose these products, or find those similar to them, to create for yourself more flawless and radiant looking skin!


Though summer may be winding to an end, it’s important to remember that sunscreen is an essential part of your year round beauty maintenance. Daily exposure can cause irreversible damage, and sometimes just a few minutes is all it takes. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams addresses your most common ray blocking questions and rounds up the newest skin saving solutions.

1. What’s the easiest sunscreen to use?

If you’re like me, time and effort are everything when it comes to creating a daily ritual. With sunscreen lotions, gels and creams, just rubbing it in can work up quite a sweat. Grab a bottle of the new evolution of sunblocks and spray on an aerosol. These misters can be a bit pricey and you will use them up in a flash, but they feel great and protect better than most lotions.

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This sunblock is uber refreshing and sprays at any angle, so no need to wrangle the man in a bikini next to you to get your back. It’s great for sports and smells light and clean and now comes in SPF 70 for the ultra invisible sun blanket.

Aveeno Sunblock Spray, Continuous Protection, SPF 70
Another winner in the continuous spray SPF 70 gamut. An added perk for Aveeno is that it’s loaded with Vitamins A, C and E and contains natural soy proteins.

Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 PTR Continuous Sunscreen Mist is a bit more expensive than its rivals, but we just loved the scent and the way our skin glistened after a mist or two. Oh, and it served as a very long wearing sunscreen to boot!

2. Are there any natural sunscreens that actually work?

Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
Burt’s Bees utilizes titanium dioxide, an earth mineral that forms a barrier on skin and reflects UV rays. The formula is light-weight and slicked up with hemp seed oil for ultimate hydration.

3. What sunscreen will not cause breakouts?

Yes! Finally we can protect without the annoying pimples associated with slathering on yet another cream on our faces. I’ve found sensitive resolutions to keep skin calm and

The basic solution: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SunBlock SPF 30 
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock 30 worked very well under our makeup and moisturizer. We applied it and waited a bit for it to absorb. No reported burning and we didn’t seem to get a lick of sun!

The two-in-one solution: Cosmedicine Global Health SPF 30 Face UVA/B Sunsceen with Antioxidants
Cosmedicine feels like you’re putting on a soft moisture balm. It doubles as a sunscreen and face cream, so no need to apply a moisturizer. And Cosmedicine is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, E and pomegranate extract to help recharge and replenish skin.

4. I get fever blisters when my lips are exposed. Is there any lip balm that shields and stays put?

Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+
Fever blister prone? It’s under cover with Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+. High SPF coverage works indoors as well as outdoors and with extended use, it can actually start to lighten melasma, dark spots and other hyper pigmentations. Also check out Armada Sport 70. It tested unbelievably in durability in and out of the water.

5. What’s the best moisturizer and SPF protection combo?

prd_dm_spf_lotion.jpgLubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 Lotion
Your smoothest sun shielding combo is by Lubriderm. Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 comes in a lightweight, non-greasy and fast absorbing lotion. The pump applicator makes it super easy to apply lotion and sunscreen right out of the shower. Perfect for the girl that needs to simplify!
sunlesstanners.jpgSunless tanning has come a long way. Now we can soothe, hydrate and restore elasticity with pretty much every conceivable fragrance-free solution. This season introduces us to new gradual tanners that slow hair growth by up to 50% for some softer hand-friendly tanned gams. I’ve spent months testing the newest self-tanners, here are my top five favorites. (Want more? Check out last year’s top 10 sunless tanners)

Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula

Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula skyrocketed to our top five list for four reasons:620_L.jpg

1. It’s gentle enough for both face and body.
2. It’s loaded with humectants, botanicals and anti-oxidants like rosemary, rose, jasmine flower and cucumber fruit extract.
3. Even if your application methods aren’t on the highest level, you’re still going to get a glow without serious streaking.
4. It delivers a tan in about three hours and our favorite shade of bronze came after just two applications.

$22.50 at

Neutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF 30

neuts.jpgNeutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF30 is simply our favorite way to get a dose of Neutrogena’s anti UVA/UVB Helioplex protection with a bit of bronze at the same time on the same dime. Just make sure to keep the waterproof formula away from your eyes.

$8.99 at

Olay Touch of Sun Overnight

200-1.jpgThis was our top golden pick for a gradual tanner. The smooth lightly scented formula is loaded with high levels of glycerin to keep skin super hydrated even after the tan tint appears. We also loved that Olay didn’t rub off on our sheets and towels as much as its competitors.

$7.99 at

Quick Tan Sunless Tanning Mist by Body Drench

5541-P9082.jpgQuick Tan excels at creating a browner bronze that sprays dark and dries fast. You have to use your latex gloves to ensure an even glow - and work fast - but this brown lasts and lasts. Mist your body in your shower area for a quick clean up after tanning.

$16.99 at

Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion All Skin Tones

200-2.jpgThe dial a shade container allows you to start out light and customize the exact deepness of your tan. Aveeno Continuous Radiance formula is oil-free, but loaded with moisture rich soy to keep your skin soft for up to 24 hours. The lotion works streak-free on legs and even arms as long as you start out in a lighter shade and work your way to deep dark bronze in a few applications.

$13.99 at

For a perfect application, check out 10 Tips For A Perfect Self Tan


Looking for that perfect streak-free at-home bronze? Here are 10 tested tips to help make you a sunless tanner pro:

1. Tight fitting rubber gloves do work just as good as your hands. They should fit snugly and be thrown away after each use.

2. Elbows, knees, armpits, and under forearms and ankles should always be prepped pre tanning with lotion or a sunscreen to prevent build-up of tanner. Afterwards, designate a wash cloth for a quick semi-damp pat over.

3. Exfoliate from head to toe. Body exfoliation should be done with a non-oily or moisturizing scrub. Oil based scrubs prevent color from applying evenly to skin. Try scrubs that are designed specifically for self tanning like L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Sunless Body Scrub. Salt scrubs should be avoided if you plan on shaving before tanning.

4. If using darkly tinted self tanners, you may want to shave legs the day prior. This is especially helpful if you plan to go on with your day after self tanning application. The dark tint usually settles into fresh hair-free pores and can give off a spotted effect on skin.

5. I am a huge fan of tanning when staying in hotels. This way, you can apply tanner before you catch zzz’s and wake up golden. It also keeps the mess off your sheets at home (come on, they bleach these sheets at seriously hot temperatures so there’s no problem getting self tanning stains removed!)

6. Avoid your facial moisturizer and body creams for as long as you can and be sure not to apply at all until color is in full effect.

7. After tanning, exercise should be a sweat free activity and swimming is completely of limits. If it’s raining, stay indoors. Once you’re caught in the rain, you’ll find tiger streaks rather than an even glow.

8. If you need tan longevity, steam showers, saunas, and hot baths should be avoided during your days of deep glow.

9. Wear dark loose fitting clothing to avoid tan transferring. A tight pair of jeans put on immediately after tanning will absorb tan lotion and leave creases on your skin.

10. After tanning face, be sure to swipe a wet cotton swab across eyebrows and rub out tanner that could have deposited. Also, a cotton ball moistened across your hairline will remove where tanners like to build up during application. This will ensure a no-tell tanned face.

Want even more tips? Beauty editor Mickey Williams shares some in a recent radio interview:


In January 2009, your favorite TV stations are mandated to go from analog to digital. This conversion delivers high definition programming with a picture six times sharper than your previous tube. A crystal clear image exposing every wrinkle, scar, freckle and blemish could cause a stir in Tinseltown. What’s a star to do?

Step in high def makeup. Whether it’s an airbrush application or a silicone powder, beauty is changing and working as a makeup artist has never been more exciting. Although the demand was created for those onscreen and the makeup artists applying it, the consumer at home benefits from better options in traceless beauty products. Every conceivable skin tone and flaw-camouflaging weapon has been thought out in order to keep skin looking natural, just tweaked to perfection.

Make Up For Ever is leading the industry with high def beauty products delivering one seamless cosmetic after another. I worked with several different companies looking for foundations, powders and concealers and could not find a more naturally perfect complexion than with the following three products:

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When you untwist the cap, the ultra-fine micro particles in this colorless powder appear as smoke coming from the cap. You will not find a thinner powder for an invisible set. Makeup Forever’s High Definition Powder contains no talc and is 100% mineral. The end result is a silky, soft focus look that works on every conceivable skin tone. The powder makes mediocre foundations look better and the matte finish lasts beyond your day.

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation
288-f.jpgA silky veil that sits prettily on skin without looking like it’s there. Need I say anymore? I found layering the foundation over a blemish is all you will need for coverage and when used with the HD Makeup Forever Powder it truly looks like the skin you were born with.

Make Up For Ever Lift ConcealerI’ve been a fan of this lifting concealer for years. Its thin, but supplies adequate pigment to cover the biggest blemish or the deepest under eye bag.

Now that you’ve created a natural even-toned canvas, a little bronzer can add the color back to your skin tone in all the right places. A bronzer is the perfect cheekbone companion, but in HD television and real life, you can see the shimmer and dark color associated with most beauty brand bronzers. I’ve found a few contouring favorites to re-sculpt lightly and effectively with gentle pigments and no shine. Just take it easy a little goes a long way:

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Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powders

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