The Foundation Facelift

Can today’s high-tech foundations really make you look younger?

By Lois Joy Johnson
It contains soy, wild yam, and black cohosh (all reported to improve firmness), plus plant extracts said to reduce wrinkles. But it was the free mini travel jar and eye cream that sealed the deal for us.For Medium Coverage Plus MoistureVital Radiance Line Softening Makeup-Rehydrating ($20) A gel-cream with an unusually high water content. An ideal take-along freshener for bag and desk.L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydrating Makeup for Mature Skin ($20) This water-in-silicone formula blends on like liquid suede, so even dehydrated skin can use it. It comes with its own purse-size foundation brush.Almay Line Smoothing Hydrating Makeup ($14) If you just can’t gag down eight glasses of water a day, you can depend instead on the cucumber in this formula to increase hydration and plump up fine lines. An antioxidant blend of three teas (green, red, and white) prevents more lines from forming.For Coverage Plus Blemish ControlIf unstable hormones are still triggering blemishes, try one of these new water-based silicone formulas.CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup ($10) The problem with traditional water bases, according to CoverGirl senior scientist Sarah Vickery, is that 10 minutes after application, the pigments cluster together and migrate straight to creases in the skin, where they dry to a finish that looks chalky and matte. This revised formula keeps pigments fluid and wet in a flexible film, so they can’t stick together. Result: You stay dewy.L’Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Mineral Makeup SPF 19 ($15) This dust-on provides the coverage of a liquid in a weightless powder, yet hydrates with aloe vera and combats sun damage with vitamin A. An innovative option for those with wrinkles and supersensitive skin. Apply a lot or a little — up close it’ll still look like bare skin.For Coverage Plus Tautness Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Makeup SPF 15 ($40) Contains Argireline, the much-touted hexapeptide that claims to relax facial expression lines. It gave us a subtle tautness and also a luminous translucent look, probably due to the light-scattering pigments. The cream, buff, and honey shades have just enough pink to look natural on skin with blue-red undertones. Originally published in MORE magazine, July/August 2006.

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Carmen Smith04.19.2012

It's hard to keep track of every anti-aging foundation coming out. But I do agree that these type of foundations keep getting better and they might replace the infamous botoxing one day.

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