TAKE 5: Face It


Good skin is the basis for everything. When it is clean, hydrated and the tone is even, whatever we put on next looks flawless. That is why picking the right foundation is so critical.

Those of us who were not blessed with it need to fake it with foundation. The perfect formula is light, absorbs quickly and really covers redness and imperfections.

Half the battle is picking the right brand in the right shade and the other half is in the application. Use a foundation brush for an even look. Blend the makeup past the jaw line, into the hairline and over the ear lobes for a natural look.

We have tested some of the top brands to find out which ones really work.

1 – Lackluster
2 – Not the worst of the bunch
3 – Getting there …
4 – Almost perfect
5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

1. Clé de Peau Refining Fluid Foundation
The Claim:
Skin care ingredients like Hydro-Sensing Polymer help minimize the look of dullness in the skin giving it a vibrant effect. The hydrating texture feels like a beauty serum.
The Truth: This foundation is flawless. It will leave you looking luminous and it evens out tone with light coverage.
5 out of 5
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Longevity: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5

Clé de Peau
Available at Holt Renfrew in Canada and Neiman Marcus in the U.

2. CoverGirl TRUblend Liquid Makeup
The Claim:
Colorspheres technology merges the product with your skin for a flawless look. It is oil-free and hypoallergenic for those with sensitive skin.
The Truth: A more substantial product, perfect for those who are looking for extra coverage.
Blendability: 3.5 out of 5
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Longevity: 3 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

www.covergirl.ca www.covergirl.com
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and CVS in the U.S.

3. Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector Compact Crème Foundation
The Claim: The Mineral Perfector evens out the complexion while the Dermaxyl Complex, vitamin E, arnica and Japanese green tea extract fight the signs of aging.
The Truth: Creamy and light, this formula goes on easily and lasts all day. The packaging is revolutionary, as all Jouer products slide together to form a large palette, but it is hard to open and get the product out of.
Blendability: 4 out of 5
Coverage: 4.5 out of 5
Longevity: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

Available at Henri Bendel and online at www.jouercosmetics.com

4. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
The Claim: A silky, lightweight and fluid foundation that blurs imperfections. It leaves a natural finish that will not crease or cake.
The Truth: There is a reason why this product is a cult favourite. It glides onto the skin and does not weigh it down. All you are left with is a gorgeous looking complexion.
Blendability: 4 out of 5
Coverage: 4.5 out of 5
Longevity: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

Giorgio Armani
www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
Available at Holt Renfrew in Canada and at Neiman Marcus in the U.S.

5. Milani Glow Natural Brush-On Liquid MakeUp
The Claim: Cucumber extract, vitamin E, ginseng and grape seed oil rejuvenate the skin and hide fine lines, pores and imperfections.
The Truth: The brush makes application a snap. It is a great way to avoid touching your face. The soft powder finish provides ideal coverage.
Blendability: 4 out of 5
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Longevity: 3 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

Available at select drugstores, cosmetic specialty stores and online at www.BestBeautyOnline.com

And the winner is: Clé de Peau refining fluid foundation!

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