This celebrity make-up artist can’t get enough of this skin brightener

Your skin deserves star treatment

Kerry Washington attends the Television Academy's 25th Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Saban Media Center on January 28, 2020 in North Hollywood, California.
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Imagine just waking up with naturally glowing skin? That would be the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, our skin has other plans for us. Over time it can seem as if our skin lacks that bright, youthful shine. Rather than apply pounds of highlighter and the best foundation to our face, though, there are other more natural methods to getting back our natural glow.

Celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn has made up the faces of high-profile people, including first lady Jill Biden and actress Kerry Washington (so he definitely knows what he's doing).

One of his favorite skincare products, though, helps brighten any dull complexion while blurring away other imperfections. As our skin ages, our beauty and skincare needs evolve with it. For Tim, the Vitality Institute Derm Vitamin C Brightening Concentrate is a go-to for skin of all ages.

"Improving your skincare at 50 really frees you to choose skin-enhancing makeups that are sheer and designed to blur imperfections rather than masking them,” Tim said in a statement. “I like the VI Derm Vitamin C Brightening Concentrate to address dull complexions.” 


VI Vitamin C Brightening Concentrate, $88

Give your skin a boost of vitamin C for a natural brighter appearance. The vitamin C concentrate helps promote a more even skin tone so that you can enjoy younger healthier-looking skin.

The concentrate features a formula filled with vitamin C to assist in boosting your skin's collagen production and smooth over fine lines and wrinkles. Rather than hide skin impurities using a celeb-approved concealer, this skin-brightening concentrate will work to blur out any imperfections, including dark spots and acne scars. The formula is also free of water so that it doesn't oxidize or turn brown (that means it'll last longer).

To use the product, the brand recommends you thoroughly cleanse your skin beforehand. Then, massage up to two pumps of the concentrate onto your face and neck. You can also use this up to twice a day for the best results.

Tim prefers using has his own special technique that a client originally showed him that provides star-quality results.

"One of my favorite tricks, taught to me by a Hollywood client, is to put one pump in the palms of your hands, pat together as if using a hair paste, and then press onto the skin post makeup application. This helps to blend a blur while adding a soft sheen to the face  – especially helpful if you feel too 'made up.’”

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.