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Dewy, full, sheer, natural? With so many foundation choices at the drug store, masstige and luxury levels, how does one decide? Even who we may think are sophisticated shoppers like celebs Tichina Arnold and Nicole Ari Parker may question what’s the best foundation for them when taken away from the comfort of their television show makeup artists.

If you’re seeking a flawless complexion without it looking or feeling heavy, then use Benefit’s Some-Kind-a-Gorgeous Cream to Powder Foundation ($28, bloomingdales.com).  It’s an oil-free invisible skin finish that works for most skin tones.

Do you have T-zone issues? Try Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup ($21, sephora.com). It’s an oil-free liquid foundation that adds moisture and subtracts oil where needed. If you’re cheeks are dry or oily, then this makeup will either deliver the moisture your skin needs or absorb oil from that area and give you the perfect, natural look you’ve longed for. Expect moderate coverage.

For the most natural look, use a liquid foundation like Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow Foundation ($7.34, target.com) – oil-based for dry skin types, and water-based for oily skin types. This type of foundation also produces a dewy finish. You can also get a dewy finish with Kevin Aucoin’s The Radiant Reflection Solid Stick Foundation ($45, barneys.com). It offers a sheer coverage and works for all skin types. When you use it you’ll notice how cool the stick is against your face. Aaahhh, what a great feeling!

Click here to learn what to use to get a natural, matte finish or to cover those “hiccups.”

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