Analyzed by Harris Interactive, the study took place this past August, and asked 1,018 adult women over the age of 18 about their relationship to cosmetics. While healthy-looking skin emerged past color and cosmetic technique, the percentages by which it did so were more than just a little eye-opening.
When given the choice of only owning one beauty item, 58% of women chose a product that would deliver flawless skin tone, and 68% of all respondents were even willing to give up a prized past time -- like noshing on chocolate -- for a year's worth of good skin.
Celebrity makeup artist Amy Oreasman agrees that great skin can be the most powerful beauty weapon.
"American women are tuned into what so many professionals already know -- beautiful skin is essential to any look. It's the canvas women work with everyday, and when it looks great, so will everything else," says Oreasman, also a makeup artist to Neutrogena's Cosmetics Brand Ambassador, Hayden Panettiere.
At the New York reveal of the survey results at David Burke Fishtail restaurant on the upper east side, we were able to dip first-hand into some of Neutrogena's recently launched skin beautifiers.
Scoring high on our list is Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector - or as we like to think of it, an affordable version of YSL's cult favorite Touche Éclat. The antioxidant-rich fluid clicks through the attached brush and bathes dark skin crevices in light. SPF 25, vitamin E, wild chamomile and soy all protect the delicate area from free radical and UV damage.
We're also loving the Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer, which takes all the guesswork out of matching blush to bronzer shades. Simply sweep the soft-glow bronzer under cheekbones and any other angular area that you want to add subtle contour to, and warm your complexion up with the corresponding blush swirled on the apples of cheeks. We found that "Natural Glow" is the makeup-for-dummies shade that can work on any tone.
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