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The New Skin-Perfection Power Players


serum foundations

We’ve experienced the alphabet invasion of BB, CC, and even DD creams, but now a new souped-up formula is set to take center stage: serum foundations. Yves Saint Laurent debuted Youth Liberator Serum Foundation earlier this fall—a complexion perfecter laced with Glycanactif, a proprietary antiaging ingredient that helps improve tone, texture, and hydration. While it’s inspired by the layering concept popular in Asia (in which multiple skincare and makeup products are applied in succession—sometimes up to eighteen, the average in Korea), this bottle provides all the benefits in one bottle to satisfy harried Americans. And yet another cosmetics company, Artistry, is taking a multitasking approach, debuting Youth Xtend Lifting Smoothing Foundation this month. Peptides boost firmness and elasticity while sodium hyaluronate helps smooth the appearance of fine lines. Both formulas are slightly thicker than your tinted, moisturizer-like BB or CC creams, but with colder temps undoubtedly headed our way, I’m ready for something rich and backed up by face-saving science.

Photos: Artistry and YSL

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