3 Innovative Foundations That Bring Skincare To Your Makeup Routine

These refreshingly smart formulas promise to smooth skin in addition to giving great face.

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Photo, Erik Putz.

When it comes to aging, our best advice is to do whatever makes you feel most beautiful—and to keep your skin hydrated. These three innovative formulas bring all the benefits of skincare to your foundation for a smooth and glowing complexion.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation

A dark shade of the Shiseido Synchro-Skin foundation shot on white backgroundThis foundation is hyped as adapting to skin conditions as the day goes on, to create an invisible barrier that extends wear with growing humidity. Elastic polymers create a bounce-back effect so that even drastic facial expressions won’t crease along facial valleys, while the light-reflecting powder is said to be sebum-activated, blurring all the better as you sweat. $60, available in 30 shades.

Valmont l’Elixir des Glaciers Teint Majestueux

This foundation boasts all the skincare power of its parent product, L’Elixir des Glaciers Essence of Bees Serum, thanks to a sustainably sourced complex of honey, propolis (beehive “sealant”) and royal jelly that nourishes, soothes and repairs skin. Half-moon-shaped cosmetic pigments promise to blur wrinkles, but the price tag—$275—may blur pupils, too. $275, available in 5 shades.

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid

Closer to earth, Clarins’ latest foundation underwent 186 trials to meet the same standards as the company’s other plant-based skincare products. Dark spots and fine lines are blurred in seconds, care of soft-focus powders, while skincare benefits for the moisture-zapped and sensitive types come courtesy of argan oil and skin-tightening organic oat sugar, a derivative of Avena sativa (a.k.a. oatmeal). $56, available in 24 shades.