Beauty Road Test: Get Flawless Complexion Perfection With Urban Decay
Don’t have perfect skin? Fake it with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Naked Skin Makeup, and Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush!
Do you have less than perfect skin? Me too. But even those of us with oily, blemish-prone skin can fake a perfect complexion—as long as we have the right products and tools on hand to do it.
Urban Decay to the rescue! When a whole bunch of the edgy cosmetic company’s products ended up in our mailbox, I couldn’t wait to give them a road test. Ready to learn how to fake a flawless look? Here we go!
First things first: Primer. I’ll admit that primers aren’t generally a part of my makeup routine (the Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer I road tested recently was my first experience with them); but I’m kind of intrigued by the idea all the same. If you’re going to paint a wall, you need to prime it, so it stands to reason that the same would be true if you’re going to paint your face, right?
Happily, Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion ($31, urbandecay.com) is just the thing oily skin like mine calls for: Applied after moisturizer, it minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, evens out skin tone, and leaves you with an airbrushed finished—no Photoshopping required. The secret ingredient? Olea Europaea—or, olive fruit oil for us plebs. It conditions and hydrates skin while keeping it shine-free. And you know what? It works!
Next up: Coverage. I tend to use foundation more like concealer; rather than coating my whole face with it, I like to use it to hide blemishes, disguise dark circles, and generally touch things up. As such, I usually apply it with my fingers instead of a brush.
That said, though, using Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($38, urbandecay.com) in conjunction with the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24, urbandecay.com) accomplished some pretty nifty tricks. The Naked Skin makeup, available in a whopping 18 shades, is super light: It offers all the coverage you could want, but without leaving your skin weighed down with layers of heavy foundation. Giving it a swipe with the Good Karma brush expertly blended the lines between the makeup and my skin, giving it a perfect, flawless finish. Oh, and the brush also does double and even triple duty as a powder brush and a blush brush. How’s THAT for multitasking?
This whole routine may be a tiny bit too involved for me to want to do on a daily basis; but for special occasions or big nights out? You can bet that I’ll be pulling out all the stops. Urban Decay’s fabulous primers, makeup, and beauty tools can be found online at urbandecay.com.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.