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Best buys: Foundations

When choosing the best foundation, you need to consider more than finding the right shade of makeup. You need to take into account your skin type, your lifestyle and the amount of coverage you need. Check out our choices for the best foundations in a variety of categories.

Best foundation for dry skin

Clinique Supermoisture Makeup

Women with dry skin need to consider the moisture content of their foundation. Avoid pressed powders, which can make your skin appear drier and cause wrinkles to look more pronounced. Clinique Supermoisture Makeup (Nordstrom, $24) is lightweight and ultra creamy. It’s perfect for dry skin as it hydrates your skin without being oily, delivering soft, radiant and younger looking skin with a dewy, sheer finish.

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Best foundation for oily skin

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

For oily skin that is prone to breakouts, you need a foundation that will help absorb oil throughout the day, providing a flawless, matte finish. As far as liquid foundation goes, consider Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation (Laura Mercier, $42). Also check out Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. It conceals imperfections and delivers a long-lasting, smooth, powdery finish you’ll love.

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Best tinted moisturizer

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer

If you love the look of sheer, natural makeup, try tinted moisturizer rather than a heavy foundation. Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 (Sephora, $30) is a favorite, but there are a number of other tinted moisturizers that hydrate and protect your skin. Check out these top tinted moisturizers in every price range.

Best anti-aging foundation

Estee Lauder Futurist Age-Resisting Makeup

Now you can fight wrinkles and beautify your skin at the same time, thanks to the number of anti-aging foundations on the market. Look for makeup containing antioxidants and other ingredients to benefit your skin. You’ll love Estee Lauder Futurist Age-Resisting Makeup (Estee Lauder, $38). It contains vitamins C and E, along with a plant-derived formula that leaves your skin looking and feeling firm, smooth, hydrated and conditioned. Another more inexpensive option is Revlon Age Defying Makeup. Available at your local drugstore, it visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, with 96 percent of women getting younger-looking skin in two weeks.

Best long-wearing foundation

L'Oréal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup

For an active lifestyle or long days at the office, you need makeup that looks flawless for hours on end. Unfortunately, many long-wearing foundations can’t deliver smooth, blendable coverage like you want, so you need to shop around. We love L’Oréal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup ($14 at drugstores). You get smooth, comfortable coverage for up to 18 hours with no touch-ups. Its fade-proof, smudge-proof formula contains SPF 20, anti-humidity ingredients and an energizing vitamin and mineral complex.

Best illuminating foundation

Rimmel London Recover Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Liquid Foundation

An illuminating foundation brings light to your face for a gorgeous, glowing complexion that is youthful and beautiful. If you are on a budget, try Rimmel London Recover Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Liquid Foundation ($9 at drugstores). It energizes and rejuvenates your skin with its illuminating formula. We also adore Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation (Sephora, $38) for natural looking luminescence and a beautiful finish. Also try NARS Illuminator (Sephora, $30) worn alone or mixed with your favorite foundation.

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