Expert Beauty Tips for Moms' Most Common Skincare Problems

We asked a celebrity makeup artist for her best beauty tips to handle dry skin, breakouts, and fine lines. Here are her easy fixes!
By Christina Vercelletto
Feb 10, 2014

Feb 10, 2014

Whose skin couldn’t use a little boost — a few simple tricks for making it look smoother and more luminous? We asked Piret Aava, a New York City celebrity makeup artist and aesthetician, to help three moms with totally different skin types get the complexion of their dreams with just a few easy tweaks. Steal Aava’s secrets for putting your best face forward today!

Problem: Dull or Dry Skin

Wake Up Your Face Now:

  • Apply CC cream to even out skin tone. Choose one with a bit of shimmer for a healthy sheen.
  • Dab on concealer with a brush on any spots. If your skin is blotchy, select a product with a green undertone. Pink tones don’t hide redness as well.
  • Go for black mascara. It always makes eyes pop more than other shades — and will draw people’s attention away from your skin.

What to Do for the Long Run: Exfoliate once a week and follow up with a hydrating mask or rich moisturizing cream. A DIY scrub to try: Mix together 1/4 cup each of sugar and honey. The sugar sloughs off flaky patches while the honey moisturizes. Or smooth on a serum that has alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) in it. The acid exfoliates dry skin cells. Follow either one with a night cream for even deeper hydration.

Products We Love: COVERGIRL + Olay Tone Rehab CC Cream ($12; Buy it here); L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black ($9; Buy it here); Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush ($6; Buy it here); Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream ($13; Buy it here

Problem: Oily Skin Spots

Lose the Shine Now:

  • Use an oil-free foundation. Powder-based is best. Have two shades handy if you have dark acne marks; use the lighter to even out spots.
  • Gleam-proof your T-zone (sorry!) with powder. Sonia Kashuk’s Undetectable Loose Powder ($10) absorbs oil and is invisible on all skin tones.
  • Swipe on bright lipstick (or just a more vivid shade than usual). The color will refocus the eye away from trouble spots.

What to Do for the Long Run: Use a gel or foamy cleanser, but don’t wash more than twice a day. Limit exfoliation to once a week and dab on a lactic-acid spot treatment daily to zap zits. Also, avoid products with shimmer. You don’t need any extra!

Products We Love: Orgo Beauty Spot Treatment ($32; Buy it here); L’Oréal Paris True Match Minéral Makeup ($16; Buy it here)

Problem: Fine Lines or Breakouts

Turn Back the Clock Now:

  • Less is more. Use tinted moisturizer to even out skin. Skip foundation, which settles into lines. We love Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 (, $55).
  • Turn to matte shadow. Shimmer accentuates lines and saggy lids.
  • Keep focus on top of the eye (the bottom is where creases are more noticeable) by lining only the top rim.

What to Do for the Long Run: Use a peel once a week. It’ll be more gentle than an exfoliator, a boon when skin needs a soft touch. For pimple control, look to spot treatments with tea tree oil or zinc, ingredients soothing to aging skin.

Products We Love: That’s Incredi-Peel Pads ($49; Buy it here); Ole Henriksen Roll-On Acne Solution ($22; Buy it here)

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