Try: Stila Stay All Day Foundation, Concealer and Brush Kit, $57, at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Murale.
Available in 16 shades, this perfect pairing of foundation and concealer in one convenient package (a flip-top cap houses the concealer) takes the guesswork out of finding a matching duo. The mattifying ingredients in this medium coverage base absorb excess oil so colour doesn’t erode throughout the day.
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If you want to: Anti-aging benefits
Try: Shiseido The Makeup Radiant Lifting Foundation, $48, at the Bay, Sears, Murale, select Shoppers Drug Mart.
This full coverage foundation is best for dry skin types because it’s enriched with mega moisturizers. Plus it has anti-aging ingredients like hydroxyproline, an amino acid that works to rebuild collagen and elastin and counteract fine lines over time, and the antioxidant rose apple leaf provides protection against environmental aggressors like UV rays. Bonus: its reflecting powder pigments bend and refract light so that fine lines and age spots are blurred immediately.
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If you want to: Long-lasting coverage
Try: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup, $17.49, well.ca and drugstores.
Long-lasting formulas can be cakey or drying. But the whisper-light texture of this mousse formula feels silky on the skin and dries to satin-like finish. The coverage is light-to-medium so it’s ideal for those who want a breathable finish. To apply it like a pro, use your fingertips – it blends best that way.
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If you want to: All-over glow
Try: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19, $60, at Holt Renfrew, select Bay stores, Murale and Sephora.
The Touche Éclat highlighting wand is famous for perking up dark undereye shadows and disguising imperfections. 20 years after its inception, YSL followed up with the Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation. The formula is devoid of opaque powders that can look chalky. Instead, it relies on gel-coated pigments that more closely resemble skin’s natural colour to achieve a fresh, flawless and luminous complexion.
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If you want to: Invisible coverage
Try: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $75, at Holt Renfrew.
This film-like texture melts in to the skin for a flawless finish that’s nearly undetectable. It corrects textural imperfections like glaring pores and fine lines without looking like you’re wearing tons of makeup. All that, and it has SPF 15 protection with a mineral-based titanium dioxide sunscreen.
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If you want to: Extreme coverage
Try: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation, $41, at Sephora.
This foundation is made up of 21 per cent pigment so it’s ideal for those who prefer maximum coverage to conceal acne scars, redness or tattoos (on the neck or décolleté, for instance). It’s also transfer-resistant so it’s not going to stain your clothes. One caveat for oily skin types: It does contain emollients to help it go on smooth that can make skin look slick. Keep a mattifying powder handy to nix any shine throughout the day.
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