Best Face Forward

Pouty lips are nice and dramatic eyes are certainly a plus. But the base for your look will always be your face. Prepare, revive or simply perfect your features in a hurry with these spring must-haves.

For a matte finish, try Skinn Plasma Flawless Finish. This twist-top compact’s colorless finish goes on over your foundation, leaving a non-glossy finish. Apply it with a foam pad to mask pores, imperfections or for quick touchups. Because it’s colorless, using the mirror is optional. About $30 for .5oz.

Repêchage Eye Rescue Pads are infused with anti-aging seaweed, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory extracts and Roman chamomile, perfect for a quick break at home. These single use disks are a 10-minute vacation for the eyes. About $38 for 60 pads.

After a month of use, you’ll notice a slight, firming effect with Vichy’s LiftActiv Serum 10. The liquid, which is 10 percent rhamnose (deoxy sugar) and hyaluronic acid, comes in a dropper bottle because a little goes a long way. Once applied it absorbs quickly into the skin with no sticky or oily residue. Bonus: It works on hands too. About $52, for 1oz.

The unusual cream inside a jar of Somme Institute A-Bomb provides nourishment and hydration. The custard-like texture smells edible, but is designed to go on after Somme’s speed cell renewal serum. Skin feels super soft and hydrated and the cream seeps quickly, without leaving a greasy feel behind. Packed with vitamins A and E, it targets acne-prone skin, as well as fine lines. About $70 for 1.5oz.

Makeup minimalists will enjoy The Boomstick Trio from BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. Each of the three fat, stubby sticks provides a key element to keep a look fresh. The Glo stick works as a moisturizer for the face, eyes and lips. Follow that with the Color stick, which can be used as a blush, lip color, eye shadow or anywhere else a touch of color is crucial. The Glimmer stick adds a youthful sheen to the skin. Trio is $68.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.