From catching the right light to giving skincare benefits, these foundations do much more than just cover up
Smashbox Studio Skin
To ensure skin is selfie-ready even when there’s no filter, all 22 shades of the new Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, and the 10 shades of 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer, were tested for colour trueness in Smashbox’s innovative lighting-tech lab in L.A., which can mimic the conditions of glaring direct sunshine, harsh office florescence and everything in between. Both oil-free formulas offer buildable medium to full coverage, with a naturally luminous finish. $29–$48 each, at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 30
As the first Prevage makeup product, this lightweight foundation combines anti-aging benefits with medium coverage, available in eight shades. Encapsulated pigments help blur imperfections, while vitamin C boosts collagen, and idebenone (Prevage’s cornerstone mega-antioxidant) protects against free-radical damage. $80, at Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart
Vichy Teint Idéal
Beloved for dermocosmetic skincare, Vichy is branching into illuminating makeup with this new six-piece range: a trio of foundations (liquid, cream, powder), concealer, bronzer and highlighter. Vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and thermal water combine with mineral pigments for a natural finish and nourishing benefits. $27–$38 each, at drugstores
This article was originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of Cosmetics magazine.