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Perfect skin might be a gift from the beauty gods, but as Constance Marie, star of ABC's George Lopez will attest, even the godly can be improved. In fact, this vegetarian and exercise fanatic credits her healthy habits with keeping her skin -- which is constantly exposed to harsh TV lights -- in tip-top shape. A careful skincare regimen and the right makeup round out Marie's great-skin secrets.
She wasn't always so conscientious. "I used to get away with no-no's like sleeping with my makeup on, but now I can really see how it affects my skin," says Marie, 35. "Stress, too, is a real killer. I have dark undereye circles anyway. Stress makes them worse."
Dryness and breakouts add to her skincare woes, but Marie has found a way to fight back: "Whenever I get that dull, dry, flat look, I steam my face for five minutes," she says, adding that this simple ritual, consisting of just a bowl of boiled water and a towel, adds a pretty flush to her face that lasts all day. Even her makeup adheres better, she says. She cleanses every morning and night, uses a light moisturizer, and is faithful to her eye cream. On days off, Marie opts for just concealer, mascara, and lip gloss, and she admits to having particularly high expectations for her concealer. "It should match your skin tone, be thick enough to cover, but not so thick that it cakes up later," she says with a laugh. "I've researched them all!"
Getting your skin to look nearly flawless is a snap -- really! All it takes is the right combination of essential products, including a concealer and foundation that provide even coverage and blend well, as well as sheer powder to top it all off. The good news is that the newest crop of complexion-perfecting products do this and much more. No matter what your skin tone, you'll benefit from the new anti-aging formulas and sophisticated moisture-protecting coverage.Beautify Your Base
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation ($7.50) helps lift the skin with energizing caffeine, while the light-diffusing particles add a radiant glow.
BeneFit Non-Fiction Foundation ($26) features a moisture-diffusion complex that helps hydrate skin.
Lancome Absolute Replenishing Cream Makeup SPF 20 ($55) provides full coverage while improving skin elasticity, thanks to wild yam and sea algae.Get Under Cover
Erno Laszlo Perfect Concealer ($34) is infused with cell-protecting vitamins C and E, plus yeast extract and allantoin to soothe irritation.
Revlon Age Defying Concealer with Botafirm ($13.99) is the first concealer to contain hexapeptides, a natural skincare ingredient that helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer ($7.95) has all of the skin-matching attributes of the foundation that inspired it, and the handy wand allows for precise application and blending.Powder Perfect
Max Factor Colour Adapt Pressed Powder ($8.85) uses reflective particles and talc to match underlying skin tones and create unbelievably even coverage.
ColorGirl TruBlend Pressed Powder ($7) features sheer, color-reflecting pigments.
Merle Norman Luxiva Smart Finish Compact Makeup ($26), an oil-free, cream-to-powder formula, contains SPF 18 and vitamins C and E to keep skin cells healthy.