A Study in Contrasts

With a variety of finishes, these complexion enhancers provide various coverage options and beneficial ingredients.

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, janeiredaledirect.com)

Chanel Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Compact Makeup SPF 10

In 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 Powder

In 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 Makeup

When 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 Foundation

Who 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 Makeup

Dry 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 Foundation

Depending 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 22

The 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, giorgioarmanibeauty.com)

La 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 20

Instead 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 Foundation

An 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 Makeup

Immediately 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 Foundation

This 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)