Even though the tides of fashion week haven’t fully crested yet, it’s looking like certain beauty trends will rise to the top. Flawless, natural, dewy skin is among the standouts, which one might argue never really goes out of style, but is definitely in greater demand at the moment along with all manner of nude and buff-toned makeup. It’s fitting, then, that a slew of new foundations has just hit counters to help impart that radiant complexion seen backstage. Here, we rounded up the most promising debuts backed by science, paired with customized brushes, and available in a veritable rainbow of flesh-toned shades.
What: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup SPF 15
Best For: Correcting uneven spots
Seen At: Spiked with peptides to plump fine lines and ultrasomes to repair UV damage, this youth-preserving foundation was road-tested backstage at Karen Walker, where Clinique global color artist Jenna Menard employed its multi-action benefits, which marry the skin-smoothing abilities of the brand’s hit antiaging serum of the same name (Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector) with buildable coverage.
What: MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
Best For: Airbrushing away fine lines
Seen At: This fluid’s moisturizing demi-matte finish is pretty amazing, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux illustrated when he turned to its line-reducing, soft-focus powders to help blur the appearance of dark shadows and wrinkles backstage at Marni . Available in a full spectrum of 14 light to deep-dark shades, the foundation glides on especially well when applied with the brand’s two new brushes—the 193 Angled Foundation Brush and the 190 Foundation Brush for allover coverage.
What: Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup
Best For: Customized skin enhancing
Seen At: The first foundation from Dior to adapt and adjust to the skin’s chemistry, this high-tech skin-enhancer just launched and will presumably make a cameo backstage at Dior’s Spring show on Friday. It’s inspired by Asia’s “slurry powder” technology, in which micro-fine powders are combined with water to allow for a silky, feather-light finish. It’s also infused with mallow flower extract to stimulate cell renewal, so your skin actually looks better after every application.
What: Sisley Skinleya Anti-Aging Lift Foundation
Best For: Long-lasting coverage
Seen At:This is a favorite around the office that has gone unnoticed at the shows but is currently playing a starring role in our makeup bag. Bridging the gap between powder and fluid formulas, the cream-gel foundation contains microspheres to conceal imperfections and high-tech color pigments coated in budge-proof amino acids. Also cool: It comes with a specially designed brush to help work the silky foundation over the cheekbones, chin, and forehead.
What: Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation
Best For: The No-Makeup Flawless Effect
Seen At: This whipped formula has a sheer, semi-transparent texture, which might lead you to assume it doesn’t cover up anything. You’d stand corrected after seeing its concealing powers first hand, though, which is why the brand’s color consultant, Pat McGrath, calls this buildable skin perfector a “dream” to work with and broke it out backstage at Dolce & Gabbana last weekend.
What: Chanel Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF10
Best For: Flattering tricky-to-match complexions
Seen At: Lately every makeup artist we run into is raving about this fancy new foundation. It’s got a patented “Perfect Light Control” complex that corrects imperfections using hemispherical powders that “bounce” light to illuminate the skin, and a blend of mineral-coated, transparent pigments to unify the complexion. It’s the latest creation from the French house’s creative makeup director, Peter Philips, who has personally used it backstage at Fendi and Jil Sander, and will presumably give it some traction at Chanel next week. We love that it comes in a range of 20 shades, from light beige to deep amber, making sure every skin tone is well represented.