Foundation

There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.

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Victoria Lucido, Nordstrom Walnut Creek

I believe that your skin is so important! That’s why I can’t live without my Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift. I prime my face by spraying this before foundation. It plumps out fine lines and gives my skin a lift.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is what I apply next. It’s my favorite foundation! I apply it with the beautyblender and my fingertips. It gives you a beautiful glow.

I set my foundation with DiorSkin Nude Air Powder. It holds my makeup on all day and adds a healthy glow!

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There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.

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Judy Monachello, The Village at Corte Madera

My perfect foundation look includes five products. After applying my skincare, I move on with a generous amount of the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. This primer is amazing for any skin type and makeup application. You will look like you have a soft-focus lens on your face and beam with a soft glow. Blend all over the face with fingertips.

Next, I use the Amorepacific CC Compact in color 106. The CC compact is so wonderful! It has a powerful broad-spectrum SPF 50, is ultra hydrating and provides long-lasting, flawless coverage. I apply this compact with the Bobbi Brown Full-Coverage Brush.

Under my eyes, I first apply La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare. This instantly lifts, firms and brightens–it’s perfect under any concealer! Then I use the new Dior Fix it 2 in 1 Prime & Conceal Concealer, two light swipes under each eye, then tap it in with your ring finger. This concealer has a built in primer, so it glides on flawlessly and provides excellent coverage that lasts all day.

Last, I set everything with the LaMer Translucent Setting Powder. This powder is light, luminous and so silky, so you can use a generous amount without a dry or chalky look. I apply my foundation everyday at 6am, and I am ready for my day, which starts by taking my 8 year old to school. Then I head to work, come home make dinner, help with homework, read a bedtime story…and before I know it, it’s 11pm, and I haven’t had a minute to look in the mirror until I’m ready to wash my face. But my foundation looks just good as when I applied it that morning!

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There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.

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Terri Craft, Nordstrom SouthPark

What woman doesn’t want beautiful skin?

One of the first steps to achieve flawless skin is prepping with a great primer. After you apply your moisturizer, apply a primer. Just like you prime your walls before you paint them, using a primer beforehand allows your foundation to go on smoother by filling in any pores or lines; plus, your foundation will have a longer wear—who doesn’t want that?

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer is my new go-to because it blurs imperfections, primes, adds an extra boost of radiance to the skin and increases your social media following (well, kind of).

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Find Your Perfect Foundation

Show of hands: who else out there kind of hates trying to shop for foundation? There are so many options to sift through. What kind of coverage you need? What finish is right for the look you’re after? Shopping shouldn’t be overwhelming! Use our foundation guide to help answer your questions and navigate your way to the best product for you and your skin.

SHOP: Our Foundation Guide

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With the ever-expanding maze of options in the foundation field (BBs and CCs and minerals, oh my!), it’s no wonder many of us feel fuzzy about choosing the right coverage. That’s why this month our Nordstrom beauty team is focused on covering all the bases, with a quick-ref foundation guide to what works for each face. It’s a cover story worth checking out.

Along with coverage, finding the perfect shade can leave us in the dark as well. We talked to Beauty Stylist Shanilton Jackson (at Nordstrom Galleria at Tyler in Riverside, CA), who gave us three bright ideas:

1. Look at the skin on the underside of your wrist to determine your undertone (cool vs. warm).

2. Choose a foundation color with the same undertone.

3. Make sure your shade also works with your chest area so you have a seamless match.

Want more expert tips and advice? Drop by the Beauty counter at your favorite Nordstrom store—or check out our Beauty Stylist page for info on what we have to offer or to Live Chat.

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Let’s talk foundation fundamentals. Is yours helping bring out the best beauty it possibly can? Watch Laksmi, one of our Beauty Directors, as she shows how to apply foundation step-by-step for perfect coverage and long-lasting results.

Of course, these great tips need a great foundation, so meet your newest BFF: best foundations and friends—our favorite foundations with a standout sidekick paired with each.

bareMinerals: Ready Foundation SPF 20 | Precision Face Brush
Bobbi Brown: BB Cream SPF 35 | Foundation Brush
Giorgio Armani: Maestro Foundation | Maestro Concealer
Shiseido: Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 17 | Perfect Foundation Brush
Yves Saint Laurent: Le Teint Touch Éclat Foundation | Foundation Brush
Estée Lauder: Double Wear Makeup | Illuminating Perfecting Primer

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It’s time to vote for your favorite products in beauty! Why? How about for a chance to win the top 12 products, plus a $500 shopping spree with a Beauty Stylist. And two runners-up will also win the top 12 products. Yes, please.

With thousands of votes so far, here’s our play-by-play of your top products, with the current first-place contender on the left, followed by the second on the right. Don’t see the products you love in the lead? Vote now and vote daily, through September 10 (ends 1pm ET)! Winners will be announced September 17.


Eyeshadow
M·A·C Eyeshadow | Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette


Mascara
Dior ‘Diorshow’ Mascara | Lancôme ‘Définicils’ High Definition Mascara


Lipstick
M·A·C Lipstick | Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Moisturizing Lip Color Balm


Foundation
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 | Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation


Blush
NARS Blush | M·A·C Powder Blush


Moisturizer
La Mer Moisturizing Cream | Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion with Pump


Serum
Clinique ‘Even Better’ Clinical Dark Spot Corrector | Estée Lauder ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Synchronized Recovery Complex


Eye Treatment
Clinique All About Eyes | La Mer ‘The Eye Concentrate’


Cleanser
CLARISONIC Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System | philosophy ‘purity made simple’ one-step facial cleanser


Fragrance
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne | Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Eau de Parfum Spray


Body Care
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream | Kiehl’s Creme de Corps


BB Cream
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 | Smashbox ‘Camera Ready’ BB Cream SPF 35

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There’s a lot of hype in the beauty world about BB creams right now. They’re hotter than hot, as well they should be, so let’s talk about all the fuss and just how they can simplify your daily beauty routine.

Short for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm,’ these creams are like the everything bagel of beauty basics, with all your daily essentials packed into one powerful bottle: primer, foundation, sunscreen and serum. Delicious little miracle workers! To us, that means fewer bottles of product to keep track of and less to apply in the morning. Who doesn’t love a time-saver like that?

BB creams have been the secret weapon for women in South Korea and Japan for decades, and are just now exploding in Western markets. No wonder: Just apply a small amount in your choice of shade to the face, and that’s it. You’re all set with sun protection, a tinted moisturizer, primer and imperfection reducers for a more even skin tone. It’s a perfectly natural look on its own, or can be applied before a light dusting of powder or your favorite foundation for more coverage. We’d definitely call that a hype-worthy blessing in a bottle.

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