Best of Beauty Awards : Foundation and Cover-ups

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish – Turns your face into the perfect canvas for makeup. The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. Comes in lots of different varieties – like color correcting and hydrating.

Inexpensive Primer: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base – The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Skin looks and feels smoothed and resurfaced. The result is a unified matte finish that’s flawless. Suitable for all skin types. Feels much more expensive than it actually is.

Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage – This versatile concealer contains a unique two-shade system: one to match the skin’s depth of color and one to match the skin’s undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. The high level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage.

All-in-One: PixiBeauty Flawless Beauty Stick– Love having concealer, foundation and powder all in one convenient stick. Cream to powder finish, from sheer to full coverage, is achieved in a few fuss-free seconds with a simple dab and blend application. With an SPF 28, this rescue stick quickly evens out skin tone, makes skin look rested and flawless and perfects the complexion by counterbalancing redness.

Tinted Moisturizer: PixiBeauty Illuminating Tint & Conceal – This triple-duty magic wand acts as moisturizer, sunscreen, and tinted treatment to provide sheer coverage that makes skin appear flawless & lit from within. The perfecting tinted moisturizer in the tube goes on feather-light, leaves your skin looking naturally radiant, then take off the clear lid to reveal the full coverage concealer – a creme-to-powder formula that masks imperfections with a skin-loving combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

Powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish – This powder reflects light and minimizes flaws all while setting your makeup to a perfect finish. This is a must have for when you need your makeup to stay put all day and night. Completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look. One universal shade for all skintones.

Expensive Foundation: Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation – This is worth every penny. Best foundation you will ever use! The hydrating formula includes a multi-peptide complex infused with Dermaxyl and advanced optical diffusers that help to smooth lines and wrinkles. Perfect for normal to dry skin types, Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Foundation offers buildable, natural-looking coverage that is feather light.

Inexpensive Foundation:  L’Oreal True Match – Moisturizing formula has microfine pearls to diffuse imprefections. And with 33 shades to choose from, its hard to beat.


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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. I love love love Smashbox’s Photo Finish, but I may try the L’Oreal too just to have something for quick makeup jobs at a lower price point. Thanks for these great tips!