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The key to beautiful makeup is beautiful skin. That means ensuring your skin is clean, hydrated and protected. Here are a few products that can give your everyday beauty routine the boost it needs.
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE SUPERFOOD ANTIOXIDANT CLEANSER
As much as we love the convenience of a makeup wipe, it’s important to cleanse our faces with a pH-balanced, non-stripping facial cleanser. Described as “a daily green juice cleanse for your face,” this gel cleanser is great for all skin types. Free of alcohol and sulfates, this powerful yet gentle cleanser is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to keep skin clear and glowing. $36, sephora.com
DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA VITAMIN C DAY SERUM
Applied after cleansing and before moisturizing, a vitamin C serum is an essential step in any skincare routine if smoother, brighter and more even-toned skin is your priority. The price tag is a bit intimidating, but vitamin C is a game-changer for those with acne scarring, fine lines or hyperpigmentation. When used regularly, it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. This award-winning serum is free of fragrance, essential oils, alcohols or dyes. $80, drunkelephant.com
SKYN ICELAND HYDRO COOL FIRMING EYE GELS
While probably not a staple in your everyday skincare routine, these cooling under-eye gel patches help firm, tone, and de-puff delicate under-eye skin. Made with a natural blend of antioxidants, peptides and botanicals, these patches will give you the appearance of a wonderful night’s sleep. $80, drunkelephant.com
IT COSMETICS CC CREAM WITH SPF 50
Packed with ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid, this CC cream is the perfect marriage of skincare and makeup. Developed with plastic surgeons, this cream can be used as a full-coverage foundation, daily sunscreen, color corrector and concealer. $39, ulta.com
Crissy Cox is a freelance makeup artist on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, specializing in on-location wedding and special event makeup. Contact her or learn more at facebook.com/CrissyCoxMUA.