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From beauty counter to brushes, your guide to perfect foundation coverage
Start with liquid formulas. Melanie Mills, who created the looks on "Dancing with the Stars" until 2011, says liquid foundations provide the most seamless finish. However, if your skin is on the oily side and your foundation starts to slip by lunchtime, choose an oil-free or oil-control formula like Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup, $23. Dry skin can turn standard liquid or cream foundations into a creased, caked mess, but formulas with hydrating qualities, like Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation, $38.50, are designed to target your skin's specific needs.
If you have sensitive skin that reacts to makeup and foundations, a tinted moisturizer can be a good in-between product. A tinted moisturizer like Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20, $42, or Kiehl's Since 1851 Skin Tone Correcting and Beautyifying BB Cream SPF 50, $37, offer coverage without the heavy feeling of typical foundations.
If you're looking for a matte finish, try powder foundations. Whether you choose a loose powder foundation like Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $39, or a pressed powder like Dior Diorskin Nude Compact Natural Glow Radiant Powder Foundation SPF 10, $50, these formulas are designed to keep oily skin in check. But beware: if you're prone to dry skin, a powder foundation will settle into fine lines and flaws and age the look of your skin. Instead, check out Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $45 -- one of our editors' favorite foundations.
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