Base Makeup

These foundations, concealers and powders have all earned our experts’ acclaim. Try one of these top-rated base makeup products to instantly spruce up your look.

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Avon Anew Age-Transforming Concealer

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab gave high marks for firming. Though some shades had peachy undertones, consumer testers liked how well the product matched their skin tone. Also noteworthy: It was the only concealer we tested that offered a shade for dark skin. Testers said “The shade blended well with my skin. The brush tip helps dispense the concealer evenly.”

 

Avon Anew Age- Transforming Foundation SPF 15

Consumer testers favored this foundation for going on smoothly as well as providing just the right amount of coverage. It also earned high moisturizing and firming scores in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab. Testers said “It gave my skin a great glow, and I felt like I wasn’t wearing anything.”

 

Chanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup

Earned the only perfect score for firming from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab, as well as high marks for moisturizing. Women raved about its natural, subtle coverage and smooth texture. Consumer testers said “I loved everything about this foundation—color; coverage; the dewy, youthful look of my skin.” “I have fallen in love with this foundation.”

 

Clinique Pore Refining Solution Instant Perfector

Immediately reduced the appearance of pores, while instantly improving skin tone and radiance, according to tests done by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab.

 

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder

Top scores for ease of use, consumer performance, and overall performance (a measure of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab and consumer tester results).

 

Goodskin Labs Z-Pore Instant Pore Refiner

Minimized the look of pores, creating a smooth finish on skin without disturbing makeup, based on tests done by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab.

 

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Age Reversing Face Primer

Consumer testers loved that a silicone-free smoother helped makeup go on more easily and last longer. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab gave it top marks for firming. Consumer testers said “It did add a smoother look to foundation. And it also gave my skin a nice look and feel without foundation.” “It seemed to even out my skin tone and reduce the redness around my cheeks.”

 

La Prairie Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 15

This splurge-worthy foundation excelled at moisturizing skin (per our Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab tests). Just as impressive, some consumer testers noticed that it helped even out their skin tone, a result the lab also observed after eight weeks. Testers said “It covered my sunspots with a smooth, velvety finish. My husband said my skin looked more youthful!”

 

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment

Consumer testers found it lived up to its name: It excelled at hiding undereye circles as well as going on smoothly and providing lasting coverage. In the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab, it earned one of the highest scores for moisturization—quite a feat, since most of the competition was drying. Testers said “Good coverage—not greasy or heavy.”

 

Revlon Age Defying With DNA Advantage Cream Makeup SPF 20

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab gave high marks for moisturizing, and consumer testers said “I absolutely loved how my skin looked using this foundation.”

 

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