Foundation Decoded: A Guide to Luxury Base - Neiman Marcus

Foundation Decoded: A Guide to Luxury Base

Rachel Anise

April 27, 2017


The myriad of foundations on the market can be daunting for one seeking a befitting base. Variables like coverage, finish, lasting power, SPF, and skincare benefits collectively contribute to a foundation’s unique identity. Finding the formula that fulfills your specific criteria is an often overwhelming—yet entirely worthy—pursuit. Once you understand the type of foundation you desire, the search becomes focused and, ultimately, successful. To assist your navigation in the vast sea of luxury foundation, here is a guide to some of the best in opulent bases, categorized by their major characteristics.

First Steps: For moisturizing, priming and adding a natural glow, begin with a nourishing skincare formula. Infused with golden caviar extract and Vitamin C, the new La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion works below the surface to brighten and firm while instantly bathing the skin in a flattering glow that extends the performance and wear time of foundation. Innovative and revitalizing, the Omorovicza Oxygen Booster is designed to deliver a dose of oxygen to the epidermis while simultaneously plumping fine lines and wrinkles. For a lightly tinted option that hydrates, primes, and helps protect with SPF 18, the Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe is a cult favorite. The subtle color is an excellent standalone for “good skin days” and is equally effective as the initial step in your base routine.

Classics: Tried, tested, and true, the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation—which comes in a stunning spectrum of shades—offers medium coverage and a satin, skin finish that looks incredible in photographs due to its lack of SPF. A fusion of weightless and lavish coverage and a coordinating concealer, the timeless La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation SPF 15 is a formidable power pair for a healthy and even canvas.

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Sheer and Buildable: Those seeking a lightweight foundation that can be seamlessly built up in areas requiring more coverage will love Chantecaille Future Skin and Sisley-Paris Sisleÿa Le Teint. Deceptively sheer yet formidably customizable, Future Skin boasts a clever gel-cream texture that plays well with sensitive skin and melts into one’s visage upon contact. With a liquid texture and active ingredients, Le Teint’s balancing light-medium coverage suits a range of skin types from normal and oily to dry and stressed. It’s the perfect marriage of skincare and foundation.

Illuminating: Although a few of the preceding formulas have elements of radiance, there are key bases that make illumination their express business. When going for the glow, the portable Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Stick Foundation creates a sheer and luminous veil of color that makes touch ups on the go an utter breeze. For more coverage that still reveals an ethereal brilliance, the Le Métier de Beauté After Glow Foundation is an incandescent option; upon application, imperfections are diminished and skin looks lit-from-within.

Matte and Long Lasting: Matte doesn’t have to mean dry, chalky or uncomfortable. In fact, today’s mattes are anything but dull and flat. Green beauty enthusiasts will adore the 37 Natural Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Treatment Foundation; brimming with good-for-you ingredients, this formula with a natural matte finish can be built from barely there to full coverage, and you’ll only need a pump (or less!) to experience all-day wear. For a soft focus finish that blurs fine lines while withstanding heat and humidity alike, the La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation is a must-try. Enriched with the potent Miracle Broth, pores are refined and skin is fortified with SPF 20. Finally, the latest from Gucci offers the gold standard in modern matte capability; the recently launched Gucci Face Satin Matte Foundation’s demi-matte glow creates an airbrushed effect that is infinitely spectacular on all skin types.

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