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Must-have beauty products for gorgeous skin

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Perfect your complexion

Achieving the complexion you covet comes down to using the right products. Sure, every face is different, but no matter your skin type, there are a few things that will help improve or enhance your glow.
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We put together some of the best items to keep in your makeup bag for gorgeous skin.

MoisturizerGood moisturizer

A good moisturizer is a must for a flawless face. It not only hydrates your skin but it also preps the skin for makeup application and creates a smooth, supple look to your complexion. Choose a product that best suits your skin type, the season and addresses any major skin care concerns you may have. If you have dry skin, look for a heavier product (and think about adding a hydrating serum to your regimen). If you have combo skin, choose a lotion and if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize but opt for an oil-free or gel formula.

Foundation that suits your skin type

To create a smooth, even toned complexion, you need a good foundation that is right for your skin tone and the texture of your skin. If you have a dry texture to your skin, look for a foundation that gives you some luminosity (skip the powder foundation). If you tend to be oily, make sure you find a foundation that has oil absorbing properties to keep shine at bay. It's also a good idea to look for foundations that mimic the skin and even out tone rather than mask the skin. The idea is to enhance your complexion and cover flaws without creating coverage that's heavy or unnatural.

Foundation brush

This is one of the most important tools you can have in your makeup bag. A foundation brush is the best choice to apply foundation because it will give you the most even and natural look. While it might be tempting to use your fingers or a sponge, don't. Avoid using sponges that can harbor bacteria and/or your fingers, which can not only spread bacteria all over your face, but can actually change the color of your foundation. Oils from your fingers mix with the foundation and cause it to oxidize, which can alter the shade once it gets on your skin.

Cream blushCream blush

Neutral faces with a splash of color on the cheeks were a common sight on spring runways, meaning this beauty basic is a must for your makeup bag. Cream blush is easy to apply and it gives a pop to the cheek while keeping the skin looking smooth and luminous. If you're in a pinch, you can always add a little to your lips to give them some color, too! Cream blush is also very easy to blend, meaning you can build it to the coverage you want.

Concealer

Achieving the complexion you want comes down to having the right concealer. This product is a must to keep blemishes, blotches, dark circles and redness from being seen. Find a concealer that doesn't look heavy under the eyes or on the skin to get a look that is more natural. The best choice for some is a concealer pen because it is easy to apply and fits perfectly in your makeup bag. They are also great for touching up throughout the day.

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