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BASES, COVERED, BEAUTY ON THE SPOT | TIPS, TRICKS, & INSIDE PICKS - CHOOSE YOUR COVERAGE - LIGHT, MEDIUM, FULL - STYLIST TIPS

Your guide—with products, tools and tips—to getting perfectly custom coverage.

Sheer, less-is-more looks for those lucky, even-toned skin types.

SHOP: LIGHT-COVERAGE FOUNDATION
FOUNDATIONS TOOLS

TOOL CUE:
This perfectly shaped foundation brush ensures even application and coverage.

Nordstrom Foundation
Brush
, $22

An oil-free, translucent veil of color that hydrates, protects and adds a hint of glow.

NARS 'Pure Radiant' Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum
SPF 30
, $42

Barely there cover that also treats, moisturizes, primes and protects with SPF.

Smashbox 'Camera Ready' BB Cream SPF 35, $39

Moderate coverage for masking slight imperfections.

SHOP: MEDIUM-COVERAGE FOUNDATIONS
FOUNDATION TOOLS

Light-reflecting liquid and a combination of powders make skin look refined, revitalized and refreshed.

M·A·C 'Mineralize' Moisture Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $33

A modern cult classic, this featherweight liquid adds moderate coverage and an airbrushed finish.

Giorgio Armani 'Luminous Silk' Foundation, $60

TOOL CUE:
A short, round brush works with liquids, powders or creams.

M·A·C 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush, $42

For a photo finish or some serious cover-up.

SHOP: FULL-COVERAGE FOUNDATIONS
FOUNDATION TOOLS

TOOL CUE:
Angled bristles allow for uniform coverage over all contours.

Shiseido 'Perfect' Foundation Brush, $30

Targets shadows, highlights contours, conceals flaws—and lets your skin's natural light shine through.

Yves Saint Laurent 'Touche Éclat' Foundation SPF 19, $55

Provides a velvet-matte finish. Imperfections stay covered under special pigments with lasting power.

Lancôme 'Teint Idole Ultra 24H' Wear & Comfort Retouch Free Divine Perfection Makeup SPF 15, $45

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CONCEALER:
Apply foundation first, then layer concealer where needed so it stays smooth—and you avoid overapplication. Stylist pick:
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, $70

GET PRIMED:
Primer acts as a binder between your skin and foundation to secure maximum wearability. Stylist pick:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, $32

TAKE A POWDER:
The right powder takes away the shine, but lets you keep the glow. Apply only to oily areas (nose, chin, forehead) for the most natural look. Stylist pick:
Chantecaille Loose Powder, $62