By  on September 14, 2007

With finishes from dewy to matte, these complexion enhancers provide various coverage options and beneficial ingredients, while letting skin’s natural beauty shine through. Jane Iredale Amazing Base From one of the leaders in the mineral makeup movement comes this loose powder that soothes and protects even the most sensitive skin. Its algae extracts are shown to reduce inflammation and increase hydration, while its finely milled minerals provide a natural SPF 20 defense. ($42; 800-762-1132, Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Compact Makeup SPF 10In 10 shades to match most skin tones, this water-based creamy formula slips on with the ease of a liquid and delivers a semi-matte finish. Vitamins E and B5, plus UVA and UVB protection, keep skin healthy; subtle shimmer adds luminosity.($55; Chanel counters)Maybelline New York Dream Matte PowderIn keeping with fall’s polished and sophisticated makeup look, the matte face is easily achieved with this silky, ultra-blendable powder. The shine-controlling effects last for hours without becoming cakey or accentuating lines. ($7.99; mass retailers)Dior DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless MakeupWhen simply stepping outside can be harmful to the complexion, it’s a relief to know this full-coverage makeup has nanospheres and moisturizers that bond to the skin and protect against the harsh effects of heat, pollution, extreme weather and the sun. ($42; Dior counters)Rimmel Renew & Lift FoundationWho wouldn’t want to look years younger in just minutes? Such a lofty goal is the promise of this liquid formula, which employs peptides to stimulate new cell growth and boost elasticity, botanical extracts to firm and antioxidants to protect against future environmental damage. ($8.75; mass retailers)Clinique Super Moisture MakeupDry skin needs a constant infusion of hydration, which this provides effortlessly. Its time-released technology delivers all-day comfort with natural extracts like aloe leaf, mimicking the effects of traditional moisturizers, with medium coverage to boot.($22.50; Clinique counters)Yves Saint Laurent Teint Majeur Luxurious Foundation SPF 18 This rich cream, enhanced with silk protein and silicone, contains multihued illuminating pigments to even out skin tone: Golden particles accentuate and highlight facial features, while reddish-brown ones work to deemphasize dark shadows. SPF protects the results. ($95; YSL counters)Smashbox Function2 Self-Adjusting Powder FoundationDepending on your application method (try different brushes or a makeup sponge), this multitasker provides sheer to full coverage to address every skin issue. Formulated with soybean extract, vitamins and a mild retinoid, the lightweight powder absorbs oil, conceals redness and reduces the look of wrinkles. ($36; Sephora)Giorgio Armani Designer Modelling Compact Foundation SPF 22The specially designed brush allows for buildable coverage and effective sun protection; the velvety-textured cream contours and lifts facial features for a more youthful effect, without settling into fine lines. ($65; Bloomingdale’s, Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation Cream Finish An antiaging face treatment and makeup in one sleek case. The cream color contains pearl powder, said to help reduce the look of large pores and dark spots, plus a cotton fiber additive that creates an airbushed finish. ($95; Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus) Guerlain Parure Compact Foundation with Crystal Pearls SPF 20Instead of the dry, mask-like effect that can occur with some pressed powder foundations, the technology used here imparts a glowy, youthful look. The secret is crystal micropearls that filter light and mask imperfections. ($58; Saks)Cover Girl Queen Natural Hue Compact FoundationAn ashy complexion, the bane of darker-toned skin, is a thing of the past thanks to the lower percentage of titanium dioxide (which causes that unwanted white tinge). Bonus: The liquid-to-powder formula absorbs oil. ($7.99; mass retailers)Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra-Firming Crème Compact MakeupImmediately skin looks more even-toned and tightened thanks to optical-illusion light diffusers. Over time, it reaps the benefits of moisturizing additives like avocado and linoleic acid and the all-important defense system of antioxidants and sun protection.($33.50; Lauder counters)By Terry Teint Delectation Plumping Fluid FoundationThis rich fluid has a plethora of ingredients to nourish and protect. Plant extracts, like cherry pit oil and antioxidants, help boost cell regeneration, smooth lines, enhance radiance. ($91; Barneys)

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