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Nine Fabulous Foundations

The many different ways to achieve a perfectly even complexion.

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    The Soother

    NP Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer ($29) soothes red blotches so the foundation appears more even.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Smoother

    If uneven texture is an issue, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer ($42) is like a Zamboni for skin.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Breather

    There are definitely complexion-blending pigments in Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation ($50), but the formula is light enough to let skin breathe.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Fooler

    Chanel Perfection Vitalumière Aqua foundation ($45) gives enough coverage to even out tone, but it's sheer enough to keep everyone guessing.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Waker

    Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation ($37) contains light reflectors and luminizing pigments to help skin achieve that eight-hours-of-sleep glow (even if it hasn't had anything near it).

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The SPF Baker

    Despite its mighty impressive SPF, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Foundation SPF 55 with Helioplex ($13) is also wonderfully smooth and light.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Hider

    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ($70) is an apt name because this foundation covers most flaws and glides over skin like a silk slip, thanks to synthetic polymers that stretch over skin and hug it the way that, say, Spanx would. But Spanx Peau just doesn't sound as nice.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Spotifier

    For those who apply only where needed (à la concealer), Chantecaille New Stick ($45) is blendably ideal.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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    The Sensitizer

    Ideal for red blotchy skin (be it due to rosacea or just general sensitivity), mineral foundations not only conceal but also calm. Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation ($26) fits this bill.

    Illustrations: Melanie Teppich

    January 2012

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