Kelly Stoddard: Editorial Assistant at AllYou.com
Kelly's beauty stats: Mid-20s; red hair; brown eyes; fair complexion, happily freckled.
"Even-toned, pore-free, flawless skin is something that has eluded me all my life. Through countless trials and trips to see dermatologists, I found out that pores don't shrink, redness will fade but never go away, and some people just have better skin than others. Since I can't make it, I am determined to fake it. Here is what I do to give the illusion of perfect skin while allowing my natural beauty to shine through."
Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion
"Every dermatologist and makeup artist will tell you the secret to great skin, and lasting makeup, is moisture. After cleansing, I adore Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion. Not only is it antiwrinkle, antishine, and antipore, but it keeps my complexion fresh and helps balance out my combination skin no matter the season."
$60 at drbrandtskincare.com
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
"In addition to annoying large pores, I am blessed with uneven skin tone, resulting in a complexion that my mother once lovingly referred to as ruddy. This used to be my little secret thanks to Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting Primer. The oil-free, long-wearing primer keeps my makeup in place, while the green tint evens out the unsightly redness on my nose and chin. Redness not your issue? The entire line of color-correcting primers can help with everything from sallowness to dull complexion."
$32 at sephora.com
Estée Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup
"In order to keep my skin looking like skin, I prefer a medium-coverage foundation, like Estée Lauder's Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup SPF 10. The lightweight formula provides buildable coverage that allows my skin to shine through. In addition to sunscreen, the foundation is formulated with pomegranate extract and vitamins C and E, which help improve my skin condition while I am wearing it."
$34 at esteelauder.com
"I follow with a little bronzer to bring back some warmth into my face, like Benefit's Hoola. The deep bronze is great even for my fair skin, as long as I remember a little bit goes a long way. I swipe a bit across my forehead for color and on my neck in order to avoid that dreaded makeup line. Bronzer is also perfect for contouring. I sweep it just below my cheekbones and voilà — instant definition. If you aren't sure where to contour, just make a "fishy face" and give a light dusting where your cheeks suck in."
$28 at benefitcosmetics.com
Nars Orgasm Blush
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30
"It takes a bit of work, but my skin looks naturally beautiful and feels great. To keep my skin looking that way for years to come, I dust on Peter Thomas Roth's Instant Mineral SPF 30 before walking out the door. The matte mineral powder helps to ward off shine and the sun's harmful rays with UVA/UVB protection. It's self-contained and highly portable: I just pop it right into my bag, and reapply throughout the day."
$30 at peterthomasroth.com