BEAUTY

Nine Fabulous Foundations

The many different ways to achieve a perfectly even complexion.


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

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If uneven texture is an issue, [Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer](http://www.smashbox.com/product/6038/18837/Face/Primer/PHOTO-FINISH– HYDRATING-FOUNDATION-PRIMER/New/index.tmpl) ($42) is like a Zamboni for skin.

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

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[Chanel Perfection Vitalumière Aqua foundation](http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Foundation-VITALUMI% C3%88RE-AQUA-119648) ($45) gives enough coverage to even out tone, but it’s sheer enough to keep everyone guessing.

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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](http://www.bareescentuals.com/Large-Matte-Spf-15-Foundation—Medium– Beige/mastermatte,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=BM_FACE) ($26) fits this bill.