Thu, May 15, 2008

The 3 Best Moisturizing Foundations: Makeup Plus Skin Care for Winter Dryness

By Kate Martel

It’s that time of year again when skin begins to lose its luster. Our once sensuous skin becomes dry and dull, and the most logical solution seems to be making up for it with makeup. While foundation can give you a flawless finish like we see on fresh-faced stars like Ali Larter and Beyonce Knowles, remember this—flaky skin and foundation don’t always mix. During the winter, it’s important to look for a base that’s loaded with moisturizing minerals and nutrients that’ll keep your complexion smooth and polished hours after you’ve applied your foundation. In order to keep a healthy glow all winter long, take a look at these hydrating versions of the most popular foundations on the market at prices for every sort of spender!

If you’re looking for complete coverage, your best bet is to apply a liquid foundation after your daily moisturizer. This popular product is the perfect consistency for the colder months, but make sure you aren’t caking on layer after layer (it will eventually change the color of your skin, leaving you with an orange glow). Although a bit pricey, one of our favorite foundations is Moisturizing Foundation by Laura Mercier. Its super lightweight, keeps skin hydrated all day long and works particularly well on more matured skin. Looking for a less expensive version? Try Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation by Maybelline. It’s formulated with caffeine to help skin look rejuvenated.

Although it may seem better suited for the warmer months when skin is oily, there are some powders that are surprisingly hydrating. If you’re a die hard powder lover, do yourself a favor and look for one that has a cream-to-powder finish for the winter. It will still have the same matte look you love with powder, but glides on with more of a creamy base. L’Oreal makes Ideal Balance Pressed Powder that is especially lightweight and blendable, but provides an ample amount of moisture to your pores. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Water Canvas Creme-To-Powder Foundation by Vincent Longo is a luxurious, microwater based powder that works flawlessly in winter.

As we’ve learned from previous pieces (see beauty archives) mineral makeup is a smart choice for skin. Not only does it allow your skin to breathe, but it covers so completely that you’re left with an almost airbrushed look. Youngblood Cosmetics is a fantastic line that offers topnotch mineral makeup in both liquid and powder form. One of our very favorites for dry skin is Liquid Mineral Foundation. It’s loaded with extracts and deep sea minerals that keep dry patches at bay all winter long. But if you’d rather get your daily dose of minerals in powder form, try 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation With SPF 15 by Pur Minerals. This impressive powder keeps skin hydrated with a soothing blend of Shea Butter and Vitamin E!

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