Spring’s newest foundations and powders evoke chiffon-like textures for a subtle, fresh finish.
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01 SHU UEMURA FACE ARCHITECT SMOOTHING FLUID FOUNDATION
Give skin a super soaking with this buildable foundation that uses algae and depsea water for a hydrating and smoothing treatment with every use. ($42; Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Shu Uemura, shuuemura-usa.com)
02 STILA SPF 30 OIL-FREE SHEER COLOR TINTED MOISTURIZER
An oil-absorbing kick of this formula’s white willow and antioxidant-packed pomegranate extracts delivers a healthy, shine-free finish. ($36; Sephora, Studio at Fred Segal, sephora.com, stilacosmetics.com)
03 YVES SAINT LAURENT MATT TOUCH FOUNDATION
Unlike many matte foundations, which can be drying, this shine-stopper uses an expandable silicone to turn solid pigments and active ingredients into a kind of second skin, allowing for a more even and moisturizing application. ($48; Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, yslbeautyus.com)
04 GIORGIO ARMANI FACE FABRIC SECOND SKIN NUDE MAKEUP SPF 12
Like fabric for the skin, this foundation uses a translucent base and a smoothing 3-D texturizer to create a subtle and touchably smooth finish. ($45; Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)
05 LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉ CLASSIC FLAWLESS FINISH LOOSE POWDER
Reduce shine and even out skin tone with this triple-milled, paraben- and talc-free finishing powder. ($48; Henri Bendel, select Neiman Marcus)