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Finding a foundation can be like finding Mr. Right, the proverbial needle in a haystack. That perfect formula has to cover, protect and blend in all the right ways. It doesn’t necessarily help that foundations are as varied as the faces they enhance, but, as in the case of Mr. Right, variety is a good thing. These days, drugstore brands offer many good candidates from which to choose. Word of advice: Look for both light-reflecting -- highlighting and illuminating -- and stay-put qualities. Once you get your hands on The One, you’ll be able to create a basis for your most flawless face every time. Happy searching!
Finding the Right Fit
Budget-beauty expert Jessica Metivier, who is also the beauty host on TV program “America Now,” has a rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a foundation. Powder foundations are best when looking for a quick, one-step application but don't often lie attractively on dry skin, while creams can provide extra moisture for very dry skin, she states. She also adds that liquid foundations come in formulas for every skin type, but most often need to be set with a light dusting of translucent powder, which adds an extra step to the morning routine. No matter your preference, there are two properties Metivier suggests looking for in an everyday base: a slight illuminating effect -- “A soft glow looks much more healthy and youthful than a completely matte face,” she says -- and length of wear -- “Because, really, who wants to have to touch up their foundation during the day?”
The Perfect Medium
Foundation performs best on a moisturized face, so stay hydrated. Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation SPF 15 makes Metivier's best foundation list, as it provides enough moisture to keep skin from feeling tight and weighed-down with makeup while staying virtually rub resistant -- it will get you through a full day of meetings. This face-saver offers medium coverage, and a hint of light-diffusing radiance keeps the finish from being too matte.
Almost anyone can find a suitable shade in L’Oreal’s True Match SPF 17 line of face makeup -- in case your skin tone is one of the few that’s been left out, Metivier highly suggests mixing two shades to get your exact color. Metivier loves working with the super-blendable formula that’s easy to wear, and it provides a natural sheen with maximum coverage -- when light hits your face, you'll glisten ever so slightly. Lightly dust a layer of the brand’s coordinating powder, and this foundation will last day to night.
In a Flash
For her clients, Metivier also uses Revlon Photo Ready Makeup SPF 20, which provides a beautiful dewy finish while being extremely buildable for adding extra coverage. The formula won't rub off on clothes, and photochromatic pigments reflect light, giving it a slightly airbrushed feel and leaving you camera-ready. Now, vogue.