Pro Picks: Skin-Care Guru Who Keeps Things Simple

Francine Porter began suffering from skin sensitivity when she was 14. After years of searching for skin care she could tolerate, she made it her own personal mission to develop easy-on-the-skin, yet effective, products. Her brand, Osmotics, debuted in 1993. Here, a few of her must-have beauty picks

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Francine Porter

The Denver-based Porter spends much of her spare time outdoors—which explains her preference for natural, understated makeup and hair, as well as a simple, but highly effective, skin-care routine.

Photo courtesy of Osmotics

Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator, $68

“I cannot be without this multitasking miracle worker, especially when I travel! It reduces puffiness and dark circles, and it smooths and tightens the entire eye area. Plus the soft-focus pigments instantly lighten and brighten.”

Photo courtesy of Osmotics

Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige, $70

“Pricey, yes, but it really does the job when you need it! Creamy, smooth coverage glides on like silk and doesn’t settle in fine lines.”

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

MAC Eye Kohl Crayon Pencil in Teddy, $14.50

“This soft eyeliner pencil smooths over the eyelid without dragging, and the rich bronzy brown has the slightest hint of shimmer to really set off golden-brown eyes.”

Photo courtesy of MAC

Bobbi Brown Eye Shader Brush, $30

“This brush is the perfect shape for blending deeper colors in the crease for a subtle, natural eye contour without any obvious lines.”

Photo courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Osmotics Age Prevention Protection Extreme SPF 40, $45

“This daily, lightweight physical sun block doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It evens out my skin tone, and it absorbs quickly for a soft, natural finish.”

Photo courtesy of Osmotics

Kérastase Ciment Thermique Leave-In Heat-Activated Restructuring Milk for Weakened Hair, $37

“Beautifully protects hair from daily blow-drying, providing body without weight. The heat actually activates the formula so it improves texture, shine and strength.”

Photo courtesy of Kérastase

Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor, $10

“I normally detest transfer-resistant lip color as it can irritate the lips. However, there are occasions when you need lip color to last, and this one works nicely, leaving the lips soft, smooth and comfortable.”

Photo courtesy of Revlon

Stila Convertible Color in Poppy, $25

“I keep coming back to this universally flattering cream blush because it always looks fresh, healthy and natural. Keep in mind, it’s highly pigmented, so a little dab will do ya!”

Photo courtesy of Stila

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair, $55–$325

“If you just want one supercharged, anti-aging moisturizer, this is it! Packed with powerful copper peptides, the cool blue cream firms, smooths and plumps.”

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Marc Jacobs Perfume, $25–$92

“Gardenia is beautifully combined with a light and airy water note, resulting in a soft, romantic floral that reminds me of the South where I grew up . . . I wear it every day!”


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First Published May 10, 2011

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