Now that I've had my acne for over a month, I've accepted it as a permanent part of my face.
I also make it a public struggle the way other people do with holiday weight gain. Everyone talks about those extra 10 pounds, so why should pimples stay in the closet? There's nothing secret about the cluster of red bumps on the side of my face, so I may as well make light of it. It's all part of what Emily has been teaching me -- that imperfections are endearing.
Anyway, during this slow week between Christmas and the New Year, I feel like letting my skin breathe and absorb my new acne treatments -- clindamycin lotion in the morning and retinol in the evening. That means taking a break from the mask of concealer and foundation I've been smearing over my pimples for the past few weeks. I still want to create the illusion of attractiveness though, and I've found the best way to do so is by taking cues from cleavage.
Just as breasts pressed together can erase the rest of your body, gorgeous eyes and a major mouth distract from bad skin. Face cleavage!
Or you could take it to the next level, like this girl.
Back to face cleavage. These are the core products I've been using to trick people into looking away from my acne.
First I start by clamping my lashes at the base, middle and ends with a Shiseido eyelash curler. I'm going to cut out this step soon by getting a Lash Curl Up at Browhaus. I'll let you know how it goes.
Next, I trace the upper waterline and fill in any gaps in my lashes with Burberry Eyeliner in Golden Brown. This soft khaki color works to add definition without making eyes look smaller the way black liner can. I love it.
My favorite mascara right now is Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening. It's got a rubber brush with short bristles that make for really long, separated lashes and you can layer it without having to worry about clumps. Watch out though, this stuff isn't easy to remove.
Then, I move down to the mouth and pop in a Crest 3D Stain Shield. You can also put it in earlier, before you start your eyes. My dentist, Dr. Singh, let me in on a whitening secret a while ago. Everything on the market is basically the same; the only variant is concentration. This is my favorite white strip because it's gentle, but still delivers immediate results. I use it when I need a quick pop of brightness, not lasting results.
Finally, when it comes to sexy, look-at-me lips I use Laura Mercier lip glace in Bare Peach. I had my lips injected a few months back, and they've since deflated. Now I rely on a good nude gloss to add back the volume I lost. Other beauty people hate on gloss because it's not sophisticated like lipstick, but it makes your mouth look bigger, better and totally distracting.
Here's the final product.
Would you try my new face cleavage method or is the thought of uncovered pimples just too scary? Do you have other beauty deception tricks? I want to hear about them. I'm starting to get depressed about my skin again. Let's Go!