Foundations That Do It Better

By now, you're probably aware: Foundation has somehow acquired a seriously bad rap in the beauty world (case in point, the crazy amount of BB, CC, etc. creams that are taking the world by storm). Every woman wants to have smooth, even, glowing skin — but, as most of us know, the wrong foundation can make skin look worse than ever. As a result, many women have given up on foundation altogether, relying on simply concealer, powder (or, yes, BB cream) to even out their skin tone.
Well, it appears the customers have spoken, and the beauty world has listened, because the latest crop of new foundations are absolutely nothing like their heavy, cakey brethren of yore. From barely-detectable tints to high-tech full-coverage picks that mix water with pure pigment, it's never been easier to find the product that will leave you looking like you naturally have flawless skin. And, that's what we all want, right?
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Ahead, the brightest new stars in the foundation world — your perfect match could be right this way!
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The Light Side



Need some smoothing, but find most foundations and BBs too heavy? This foundation was made for discerning ladies like you, with coverage that's just one step up from a tinted moisturizer.
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The Quick-Change Artist

Perfect for on-the-go primping: Simply swipe on dry for quick coverage and mattification, or apply with a slightly damp sponge to take your face from day to night.

Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, $38.50, available at Nordstrom.
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The Overachiever

Ignore the fact that this skin superstar isn't actually in a jar — the SPF-20-packed face tint (named after Philosophy's famed moisturizer) will take your face from blah to blemish-free in no time.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Foundation, $39, available at Ulta.
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The Fresh Start

Has your morning skin-care routine gotten a little out of control? Nab this super-nourishing foundation, which does the job of an anti-aging serum and moisturizer while it covers and perfects.

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation, $115, available at Barneys New York.
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The Matchmaker

CoverGirl TruBlend has gotten a makeover — the drugstore powerhouse now features 21 shades and a totally undetectable finish.

CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup, $9.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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The Problem Solver

Think you're too young for a full anti-aging skin-care regimen? Add this foundation into your rotation for major skin-care benefits without the hassle.

Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup, $11.99, available at Target.
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The New Tint

Calling all die-hard Laura Mercier TM fans: If you've always wished that your favorite tint had just a little more coverage, we've found your match. (Bonus: the super-creamy finish is to die for.)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact, $45, available at Sephora.
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The Thirst Quencher

If you don't know Koh Gen Doh, now's the time to get acquainted: This celeb-favorite line has just launched this new skin perfector, which leaves an eviably smooth finish thanks to moisturizers and light-diffusing particles.

Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation, $62, available at Sephora.
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The Big Cover-Up

If you prefer full coverage but hate how heavy and cakey most cream foundations can appear, this blend of pure pigments and water will be your new complexion savior.

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème, $44, available at Sephora.
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