Correct It, And Forget It
We’ve always been fairly lucky with our complexion. Save for the occasional hormone/stress-induced breakout, we really have no complaints. Our skin is somewhere between dry and normal; it’s only marginally sensitive; and so far, it is aging at a very average pace. But there was a time, dear readers, when this wasn’t the case. It was freshman year of college and for the first time in our life, we knew the pain of those two dreaded words: adult acne. It was a short-lived phase, thankfully, but while it lasted, we got very into correcting concealers—yellow to neutralize dark spots and pigmentation, green to counterbalance any redness, and about three different neutral-tinged palettes that we mixed together on top of them to match our specific skin tone. At the time, compacts with all of these components still did not exist, but there’s nothing like modern makeup technology to right the wrongs of the past. Benefit recently released its new Perk Up Artist palette, which makes taking care of blemishes—or our recent nemesis, dark undereye circles—an easy three-in-one process. There is a golden cream to remedy blotchiness, a sheer universal cover-up to create a flawless finish, and a pink-tinged brightener to impart a luminous rather than chalky finish. We’re particularly excited about the formula, which has a slip to it so nothing ever looks caked on. That its slimline case takes up way less space than the five-piece arsenal we used to tote around with us is yet another plus.