Two Face Brightening Makeup Essentials


When I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to put a lot of effort into makeup (meaning I’ve got two minutes or less), there are a couple of products that are fantastic for brightening up my complexion and making me feel more put together in a jiff. These products are also super portable and make perfect touch-up companions throughout the day. I’m talking about the Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer and the Antonym Cosmetics Baked Foundation. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to look glowing and healthy, these two items are a great addition to your makeup kit.

Starting with the Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer, I’ll quickly swipe this little stick under my eyes and alongside my nostrils and chin—basically anywhere that needs brightening and evening out. Tapping to blend in, I’ll make sure to go over my eyelids as well for a more awakened and bright-eyed appearance. This concealer has a beautiful consistency that never ever feels heavy. It has a luminous soft focus finish with a slight light reflecting quality—not in the same way a highlighter does—it just puts off this noticeable glow. The coverage is good, if not a little more sheer than other concealers, which is fine with me because of the aforementioned brightening qualities. Plus, heavier concealers have a way of looking too obvious later in the day. The Illusionist Concealer can be reapplied for touch-ups as easily as a lipstick.

Following the Illusionist Concealer, I’ll dust on the Antonym Baked Foundation with a big powder brush. While Antonym calls this powder compact a foundation, it doesn’t have the full coverage that something like a loose mineral foundation or a cream does. Instead, it offers a totally natural looking transparent finish that brightens and evens out skin. Since it is a powder, the finish is more matte. You can apply this so quickly—like 15 seconds to done! The compact contains a multi-hued dome shaped baked powder, meaning they turn a foundation cream into a finely textured powder through a unique baking process. The foundation has light reflecting properties—but again—no sparkles or shininess here. Just glow. While I like to apply with a big powder brush for quick and light coverage, a kabuki brush works beautifully, and you can enhance coverage by using a traditional flat foundation brush.

Together, the Vapour Illusionist Concealer and Antonym Baked Foundation are two face brightening makeup essentials that make a busy morning just a bit more manageable. Have you tried them?

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.