12 Best Foundations
We put tons of foundations up to a face-to-face challenge -- see which makeup is the reining champ
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We have to admit, the competition between all of the relatively new foundations we tested got intense. Right when we thought one foundation would be a clear winner and make it on our list of faves, it turned cakey when applied after moisturizer (a below-the-belt blow). Or, one product that we thought to be an underdog, surprised everyone and came out on top by staying put all day long. Some threw combination punches, which in boxing means a series of jabs in a row, but in makeup it means a multi-tasker that does many things like prime and conceal at the same time. Some were just good ol' one hit wonders and worked like magic too. Bottom line: The 12 best foundations that made the list of our favorites had a lot to prove, and totally delivered.
But, before you give them a go, keep these important expert foundation tips in mind:
Ľ Apply foundation to the center of your face and blend outward. Always use powder sparingly, and to conceal or brighten dark circles, select a concealer with a pink undertone then gently pat it on. -- Jane McKay, makeup artist for MAC
Ľ "Always prep with a moisturizer before applying foundation. The extra bit of moisture helps makeup slide on smoothly and evenly." -- Barbie Laurino, a global makeup artist for Laura Mercier
Ľ Ideally, your makeup should allow your natural skin to show through, not blanket it. "To get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp sponge or synthetic brush instead of using your fingers." -- Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk
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