Comfortable wear and superb staying power are hallmarks of a good foundation. A great foundation, however, has all that – and advanced makeup tech mixed in.
THE POWDER FOUNDATIONS THAT NEVER LOOK CAKEY
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Conventional powder foundations can be tricky to handle – go overboard and your skin will end up looking dry and powdery.
THE FOUNDATIONS THAT ARE AN EXTENSION OF YOUR SKINCARE
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They function like skincare, so looking after your complexion needn’t stop when your makeup goes on.
THE FOUNDATIONS WITH STRETCHABLE PIGMENTS
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So you can use as little as possible while getting as much coverage as possible.
1 Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric High Coverage Foundation Balm gives skin a softly blurred, velvety finish. It contains volatile oils that evaporate on application, giving a finely milled “powdered” effect. In 10 shades, $120 each.
2 The Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eclat foundation adheres perfectly to the skin. You have its double-blotting powder to thank for that. The foundation first absorbs oil from your skin and combines it with the oils in the product, which then collectively evaporate from the skin. What’s left behind: moisture and powder for a silky, soft-matte finish. In 10 shades, $140 each.
3 Revlon Photoready Candid Natural Finish Antipollution Foundation is a first for drugstore foundations: It reflects blue light away from the skin. Think of it as a tinted moisturiser that offers full coverage and keeps skin hydrated and soothed. The creamy formula veils the skin evenly without hiding your natural skin texture. In six shades, $27.90 each.
4 Guerlain L’Essentiel skincarefoundation diffuses ingredients such as prebiotics and probiotics into the epidermis to impart luminosity to bare skin. It also protects against blue light. In 30 shades, $94 each.
5 Having your foundation blend away “into nothing” usually isn’t ideal, but if it offers efficient coverage, we’re all for it. Shu Uemura Unlimited foundation has such a “stretchable” texture that a pea-sized amount not only covers flaws perfectly, it feels like nothing on the skin. In 24 shades, $72 each.
6 Believe this: You only need a rice grainsized amount of Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation for your entire face, covering scars, blemishes and dullness. It is highly pigmented, yet spreads easily for a flawless finish that looks airbrushed. In 32 shades, $93 each.
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