Imperfections, dullness and uneven skin tone beware. These new compact foundations are the weapons of choice for effecting perfectly smooth complexions.
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01 Dior DiorSkin Forever
Protect skin from pollution with this SPF 25 waterproof foundation. Its tiny network of nanospheres merge with the skin to create an oil-absorbing, fade-resistant canvas. ($42; Dior counters)
02 Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme Compact Makeup SPF 15
Tone saggy skin with this treatment foundation. Sweet almond and vegetable albumen tighten the complexion while avocado, melon fruit extract and murumuru butter help skin retain moisture. ($33.50; Estée Lauder counters)
03 Smashbox Function2 Self-Adjusting Powder Foundation
Don’t just cover imperfections, give skin a jump-start with this oxygenating formula that repairs from the inside out. Corn-derived sugar firms and tones while a vitamin and peptide cocktail forms a protective layer for an airbrush finish that cancels out redness, fine lines and dark spots. ($36; Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Ulta)
04 Givenchy Prisme Foundation
As effective as it is pretty to look at, this four-hue compact leaves skin matte and camouflaged. Just swirl shades together with the sponge and blend for a naturally elegant look. ($43; select Saks, saks.com, sephora.com)
05 Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder
Get a red-carpet worthy glow with this illuminating, oil-free powder. Mica and pearl particles brighten and even out skin tone while bismuth oxychloride leaves skin feeling silky smooth, without the talc. ($32; Sephora)