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Cover Your Bases

We tested foundations face-to-face and these were the true winners

  • Cover Your Bases  - Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation1
  • Cover Your Bases  - Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation SPF 152
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  • Cover Your Bases  - Laura Mercier’s long-wearing Silk Crème Foundation4
  • Cover Your Bases  - Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation5
  • Cover Your Bases  - Nars’ Sheer Glow Foundation6
  • Cover Your Bases  - Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Airbrush Foundation7
  • Cover Your Bases  - Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-Aging Foundation8
  • Cover Your Bases  - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation SPF 159
  • Cover Your Bases  - Revlon Nearly-Naked11
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    PERFECT FINISH: The innovative gel-based formula of Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48; sephora.com) helps it glide on with ease, blur imperfections, and leave a semi-matte, porcelain doll-like finish.

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    THE SCIENCE MASTER: Formulated with a technology that employs “oil-pigment suspension,” Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation SPF 15 ($62; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) feels almost like a dry-oil going on, and leaves skin flawless and evenly covered.

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    THE TRIPLE THREAT: Although it mattifies skin like a powder, Jouer Matte Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($38; jouercosmetics.com) hydrates dry, winter-weary skin. And don’t be fooled by the word “tint”—the medium-level coverage hides imperfections with one coat.

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    EVENING WEAR: Laura Mercier’s long-wearing Silk Crème Foundation ($45; lauramercier.com) nixes the need for touch ups—even the toastiest of venues won’t melt it off.

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    CAMERA LOVER: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($36; sephora.com) offers full, red carpet-worthy coverage. The absence of SPF is actually a good thing in this case: You won’t get the dreaded “white-cast” in flash photos.

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    SEE THE LIGHT: Try Nars’ Sheer Glow Foundation ($44; narscosmetics.com) for a healthy-looking, post-facial luminosity, sans distracting sparkle or shimmer.

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    LAZY DAYS: An eco-chic, full coverage base that isn’t drying despite its powder formulation, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Airbrush Foundation ($36; tartecosmetics.com) is just the thing to dust on when you are rushing out the door.

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    TIME STOPPER: The added anti-aging ingredients in the Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-Aging Foundation ($39; sephora.com), are said to work like retinol to help combat signs of aging over time. The ultra-moisturizing formula prevents it from settling into fine lines in the meantime.

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    EVERYDAY ALL-STAR: The light to medium coverage of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation SPF 15 ($45; chanel.com) blends into skin like a dream and adds a little sun defense, too.

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    TOTAL STEAL: With a second-skin effect, the Revlon Nearly-Naked Makeup SPF 20 ($10; revlon.com) provides a sheer veil that does away with minor flaws and feels weightless.

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