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BG Beauty Review: Top Foundation Picks for Summer

The six products you ought to know!

7 3 2012

Ahh, summer. . . & the age-old question: to wear or not wear foundation?



The blazing sun, the scorching heat, the high humidity – and, yikes…foundation! We admit, the thought evokes dread. But here’s the thing: Imperfections don’t take the summer off. Skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, and age spots create visible unevenness. And while a consistent, proper skin care routine will remedy imperfections over time, foundation/ concealer really is the only way to instantly correct skin’s appearance and balance the complexion. Luckily, the current crop of complexion correctors offer adequate coverage and flawless finish. They feel so light and airy on skin, no one will know your little secret. . .

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup (212 872 2777)

The ultra-lightweight feel is deceiving. At first glance you’ll think: This can’t possibly correct unevenness. But the patented IntuiTone™ technology kicks in, mimics skin’s natural highlights & contours, and creates a beautifully balanced canvas.

Key Features We Love: Oil-free, wide shade range offering, long-wearing without the dryness

Omorovicza Sunkiss SPF 15 (212 872 8619)

This is our go-to skin-perfector for blurring imperfections. The UV blocking cream provides color, buildable coverage, and moisture in one radiance boosting product. It also contains zinc oxide to help soothe minor inflammation — a bonus for acne prone skin.

Key Features We Love: Broad-spectrum sun protection, matte finish, anti-aging benefits

Erno Laszlo Tinted SPF Treatment (212 872 8857)

Prime, treat, and conceal in one step. This silicone based treatment diffuses the appearance of imperfections while delivering marine collagen extract to firm and tighten skin. This is a great choice for more mature skin.

Key Features We Love: Minimizes the appearance of creasing, highly hydrating, smooth finish

Kanebo Tinted Gel Cream (212 872 2537)

A new approach to foundation: a moisture packed gel! The jelly-like texture imparts color and intense hydration. Dry/ mature skin types will greatly benefit from the Hydrachange Complex, which increases skin’s moisture level and replenishes parched skin with continued use.

Key Features We Love: Hyaluronic acid to plump & firm, natural finish, anti-aging ingredients

Amore PacificMoisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 (212 872 2770)

The elegant, lightly textured tinted treatment moisturizer leaves a sheer wash of radiance. Packed with antioxidant protection, the complexion-enhancing cream also helps to heal as it conceals and is ideally suited for sensitive skin types.

Key Features We Love: Antioxidant rich green tea & bamboo sap, paraben-free, oil-free

Sunday Riley Liquid Light (212 872 8635)

The name says it all — Liquid Light gives skin an airbrushed appearance. Light reflecting particles camouflage the appearance of tiny lines and minor imperfections. The paraben-free complexion enhancer is packed with Vitamin C (for radiance, collagen production, and UV protection), Magnolia Bark Extract (to calm inflammation and ward off free-radicals), and Bamboo extract (to improve skin’s texture). Sunday Riley Liquid Light is nothing short of a workhorse.

Key Features We Love: light as air texture, medium coverage, fresh-faced finish


Ready to step up your skin care arsenal? These tried & true brighteners get the job done!