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Cover my rosy patches. Brush out my eyebrows. Swipe on mascara and maybe some tinted lip balm. That's more or less my lazy solution to virtual meeting makeup during quarantine. Unless it's the weekend and I'm playing around with a new look for fun, I don't spend more than five minutes at a time on makeup these days. My colleagues have all seen me without makeup plenty of times, and I don't see many other people face-to-face while social distancing anyway.
But some days I just want to look (and feel) a little more awake — and that's why I rely heavily on a color-correcting cream that's easy to apply and looks seamless no matter how much effort I put in. It was already one of the most-used products in my kit, but Cle Cosmetics's CCC Cream has now become one of the only products I reach for when doing everyday makeup looks.
This is one of those seemingly magical color-changing base products that comes out of its tube white and "adjusts" to the wearer's skin tone. According to cosmetic chemists, color-changing makeup like this sadly doesn't actually shift to match specific skin tones — it's just the work of tiny, encapsulated pigments that burst and spread across the skin as the product is blended, creating the illusion of customization. But despite the fact that its color-adjusting claims are more of a marketing gimmick than anything, there are plenty of other reasons I use it so frequently.