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Gone are the days when we wanted to hear how great our makeup looks. Now, we’re all about gearing our affirmations toward natural, glowing skin. This no-fail formula will give your look that barely-there finish, complete with a sly dose of that camouflaged coverage Southern ladies would never dream of leaving home without.
EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
We’re not delving into skincare here, but we firmly believe no makeup routine is complete without a little (read: a lotta) SPF. Some of the products featured below do double duty to correct coloring and provide sun protection, but we always prefer to err on the side of caution and coat our face, neck, arms, etc. with a healthy dose of SPF, just in case. This version from EltaMD is fragrance-free, meaning you won’t smell like a bottle of Coppertone, and has a dry finish that makes makeup application a breeze.
Buy It: $26.50, Dermstore.com
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
This color-correcting miracle-in-a-tube is about to become a power player in your beauty routine. Seven is the lucky number here as it comes in seven shades and promises to be seven products in one: SPF, anti-aging serum, moisturizer, primer, color corrector, concealer, and foundation. Whoa.
Buy It: $38, Sephora.com
Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
It’s one color fits all for this hardworking eye formula. The peachy tone corrects darks circles and primes for concealer application. You’ll find instant relief for puffy, irritated under-eyes thanks to the cooling applicator. You can even reapply when those 3 p.m. tired eyes start knocking.
Buy It: $69, Colorscience.com
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Swipe neutral color on your lids to eliminate discoloration and instantly brighten eyes. We love this creamy formula from Bobbi Brown that’s designed to keep you crease-free for the long haul—we’re talking 12+ hours. You’ll notice the slight shimmer instantly gives your eyes that wide-awake look.
Buy It: $30, BobbiBrown.com
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip + Cheek Stain
We found our favorite barely-there lip color in Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip + Cheek Stain. Its hydrating, balm-like consistency soothes lips and provides a hint of color. Dab on cheeks for the faintest hint of flush.
Buy It: $25; BirchBox.com
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Finish up with a light coat of your favorite black mascara if you’re so inclined. If you want that super natural look you can skip it altogether or add a swipe or two of clear mascara.