Although beauty trends can influence personal style, the most important aspect of beauty remains the complexion. From the ubiquitous minimalist monochromatic bare face with its emphasis on a sheer, dewy complexion to vibrant lip color paired with a polished, demi-matte skin texture, foundation is an essential beauty product. We even suggest having a wardrobe of foundations to suit every style or mood. In this issue of Beauty Guru, we focus on creating the perfect beauty canvas with our top selections of the best foundations and complexion enhancers. From the sheerest tinted moisturizers to full coverage foundation, the following suggestions are sure to please.
Creating the perfect canvas begins with the perfect tool. The Beautyblender is by far the best selection for fashioning a flawless complexion, regardless of your choice for foundation. Used damp, the unique, egg-shaped design (patent-pending) imparts a hydrated, foolproof and long-wearing application, while the dense material won’t absorb make-up the way that ordinary cosmetic sponges do. An indispensable wonder, the amazing Beautyblender receives our highest ratings for design, innovation and overall function. For more information about Beautyblender and other Blender products, including the new Beautyblender Pure, log onto the website.
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Compact
In the luxury brand category, Chanel continues to deliver superior formulations. And the brand’s latest release, Vitalumière Aqua Compact, is truly outstanding. Combining the luminescent properties of a liquid foundation with the ease and overall convenience of a compact, this ultra-light, water-based formula blends effortlessly to a sheer, flawless finish while providing comfortable all-day wear as well as SPF 15. It’s an ideal formula for warmer temperatures. For more information about Vitalumière Aqua Compact or any of Chanel’s other incredible products, log onto the website.
Jaqueline Kennedy-Onassis and the Duchess of York were among the Erno Laszlo devotees that helped elevate the brand to commercial status in the early 1960’s. Today, Laszlo’s presence in the industry is indeed iconic. Our top foundation selections are the Absolute Finish SPF 15 Air-whipped mousse foundation as well as the regular Normalizer Shake-it, an amazing all-in-one product that minimizes excess shine while providing a sheer coverage. For other products and information, log onto the brand website.
Hourglass Cosmetics produces some of the most impressive, highly effective foundation and skin enhancing formulations. Hourglass was established in 2004 and utilizes cutting-edge formulations with the finest ingredients. Since launching, the brand has successfully cultivated a savvy following that includes top industry professionals among legions of in-the-know devotees. The top performing products include the Veil Mineral Primer, a superb primer and absolute must-have item for anyone’s make-up bag, as well as the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and our top favorite, the Illusion Tinted Moisturizer. For more information about Hourglass and its full range of amazing products, check out the brand website.
If minerals are your choice of foundation, then no other brand is as superior as Jane Iredale. The brand offers the best mineral formulation and selection of shades available, none of which have the unpleasant ashy-grey pallor that most mineral products can impart. Ideal for sun exposure, great for the body and virtually weightless on the skin, Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics receive our highest ratings. Check out the website for more information.
If flawless, longwearing, full-coverage is what you want, look no further than Kevyn Aucoin. The brand’s namesake master created incredible formulas for a signature flawless finish that remains evident throughout the range. From the incredible Sensual Skin Enhancer concealer, which provides maximum coverage, to the amazing Liquid Airbrush foundation, The Sculpting Powder and The Celestial Veil Candlelight Powder, the legend of one of the industry’s top innovators lives on. For more information, log onto the website.
Koh Gen Do
Newest on our radar screen is Koh Gen Do. Originally developed in Japan, the brand employs a ritualistic skincare approach to beauty and has developed some of the most nurturing cosmetics available on the market. The formulations are each superb and ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. Our favorites include the Moisture Foundation, Aqua Foundation and Maifanshi Face Powder. For more information about the full range of products from Koh Gen Do, log onto the website.
Make Up Forever
Another favorite artistry label at Beauty Guru is Make Up Forever. Although the brand offers a fairly extensive range of incredible foundation formulas, our all-time favorite product is the Face and Body foundation. The ultra-light gel texture melts into the skin, can be used to even out legs, décolletage, etc and is therefore the ideal formula for outdoor photographs, etc. Also worth checking out are the HD Primer, HD Concealer and HD Foundation and our favorite for highlighting, Uplight Luminizer Gel. For more products and information, log onto the website.
Nars Tinted Moisturizer
Truly one of our most featured brands at Beauty Guru is Nars Cosmetics. The most recent addition to the brand’s already stellar roster of foundation formulas is the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Perfect for the bare minimalist, this amazing formula provides a sheer veil of coverage as well as protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Weightless with soothing skin-enhancing ingredients, this product is certainly a multi-tasker that delivers optimal results and receives our highest ratings. Log onto the website for more information.