Is it makeup? Is it skin care? Yes and yes! These days, high-tech makeup offers more than just coverage and color.
It’s a light-as-air matte tint that goes on like a fluid and transforms into a sheer wash of powder color. But the real magic is its infusion of anti-aging peptides to smooth fine lines and make crepiness disappear. Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadow, $24, butterlondon.com
You wear concealer all day to cover those dark circles — why not treat them at the same time with peptides, vitamin C, and bamboo grass extract? Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer, $40, bobbibrown.com
The gold standard in cushion compacts just got better with rare red pine extract to boost elasticity, plum blossom extract to fight free radicals, and pearl powder to brighten skin. Read my full review of this cushion (as well as how it stands up to the original and Brightening versions) here. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, $80, us.sulwhasoo.com
It’s almost too high-tech for a lipgloss: Neuropeptides act as messenger molecules to help boost suppleness and firmness, jojoba seed oil nourishes lips, and SPF15 protects. Perricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss, $30, perriconemd.com
The latest from the sun protection makeup experts, this mineral foundation, infused
with vitamin E and antioxidant-rich botanical extracts and oils, is now in a pressed powder format. Colorescience Natural Finish Pressed Foundation SPF20, $55, colorescience.com
Half skin care, half color corrector, this self-adjusting color treatment harnesses Centella asiatica extract (or tiger grass — tigers are known to roll around in it when wounded) to protect and heal skin. I apply this anytime my skin feels sensitive or red and it immediately calms my skin down. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, $52, sephora.com
This is a serious anti-aging treatment, with skin-identical proteins to help renew cells, all in the form of a tinted oil that absorbs quickly, blurs imperfections, and feels like nothing on. RéVive Le Tint Moisturizing Veil, $105, reviveskincare.com
Originally published in Composure Magazine.