It's hard enough to choose a foundation for day-to-day wear, but when you're planning a wedding, let's just say you might be up to your knees in makeup products (which, honestly, isn't too much of a bad thing). Of course, you want your foundation to make your skin look perfectly airbrushed and Instagram-worthy, but you also want it to last all day, and you also don't want it to look like, well, makeup. Brides need not worry. The secret? Two magic letters: HD. High-definition foundation includes pigments that catch and absorb light, giving your skin an airbrushed-celebrity-on-a-billboard effect. In less than a minute, you'll get the perfect base for your wedding day makeup, with zero—and we mean zero—imperfections.
We sought three mega-talented celebrity makeup artists for some of their favorites, and here's what they had to say.
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick
"I just adore this foundation as it is so versatile and its light matte finish works for all skin types and is perfect to last all day," says Amber Dreadon, who's worked with celebrities such as Katy Perry and Carlson Young. "It makes skin look creamy and healthy and can be easily built up if coverage is needed."
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Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Aidan Keogh, Kendall Jenner's makeup artist, regards this foundation as one of his favorites. "This is the OG of foundations for a flawless complexion," he says. "The formula works on every skin tone...and stays in every climate, and the pigment diffuses any imperfections and/or fine lines while evening out the skin like a soft veil. I really like to use this when I know I don't have a lot of time to hang around and do touch-ups. The formula also does not leave skin feeling greasy or tacky by the end of the day."
Dreadon is also a huge fan. "This foundation is an absolute essential in my makeup kit, as it looks great in all situations and the shade range is really comprehensive," she tells us. "It reads flawlessly on-camera and creates luminous refined skin that needs very little powder to set."
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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
"This foundation is one of my favorites," says makeup artist Fabiola, who's worked with celebs like Nikki Reed and Jessica Biel. "It's matte, provides long wear, yet still looks like skin with just the right amount of glow."
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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
"This is a long-wearing formula that literally evens out the most uneven skin without having to overload skin with products," says Keogh.
"Apply in areas that need the most coverage and blend out to the neck. A little goes a very long way."
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $43
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
"This foundation is water-based, so it's sheer and gives your skin just the right amount of glow without looking too shiny," says Fabiola. "Just one coat of this and skin looks flawless."
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $77
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
"This foundation has been one of the industry's first HD formulas and does exactly what it says," reveals Keogh. "It gives beautiful coverage and the line has an extensive range of shades. Also, the foundation is made with a technology that mimics the appearance of your own skin."
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $43
Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat Fluid Foundation
"I love this silky light-weight foundation for skin that looks like amazing natural skin," says Dreadon. "It's oil-free so it's great for a bride who tends to get a little too much natural shine, but doesn’t want to go super matte to combat it. Skin looks hydrated. It's definitely worth the splurge."
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