Foundations are not just makeup anymore. Today’s liquid and powder applications combine the latest research and skin-care technology (oscillation, anyone?) to ensure that your façade is as flawless as possible.

MERLE NORMAN Timeless Age-Defying Makeup SPF 20 has everything covered: smoother skin, less noticeable fine lines and flaws, sun protection and a luminous finish. $28, available at Merle Norman.

Imagine a fine silk stocking…that’s the idea behind Lingerie de Peau by GUERLAIN. Its Bio-Fusion formula uses natural silk and linen fibers to fuse with the skin, along with ‘stretch fibers’ expand to support, smooth and shape the contours of the face. $58, available at Dillard’s Galleria.

For instant and lightweight coverage—and then some, ESTÉE LAUDER DayWear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme offers moisture, anti-oxidant and sun protection with SPF 35. Wear alone or under foundation. $39, available at fine department stores.

SKINN Plasma Foundation Ageless Finish Matte Make-Up has pigments that exist in a ‘plasma state’ to resist creasing, caking or clumping, minimize imperfections, and provide a flawless finish. $28 (foundation brush, $25), available at

LANCOME presents Oscillation PowerFoundation, its first-ever vibrating, polishing mineral makeup with SPF 21. The cushioned applicator delivers 7,000 micro-vibrations per minute to blend powder seamlessly onto the skin. $48, available at fine department stores.

The new 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup collection from PUR MINERALS features the Liquid Foundation, a lightweight, oil-free formula that combats the look of fine lines and discoloration. Coverage is smudge-free and fade-resistant. $36, available at ULTA or

BAREMINERALS Ready SPF 20 Foundation features ‘solid mineral technology’ to provide moisture and help accelerate cell turnover for firmer, healthier-looking skin. The finish is long-wearing with a no-makeup look and feel. $29, available at Bare Escentuals, Sephora and fine department stores.

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