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We uncover the best new dewy and matte formulas.

The battle between dewy and matte foundations is more intense than ever—thanks to a new crop of products popping up in the makeup aisle. From a matte tint that makes skin feel like velvet to a serum-based foundation that delivers an angelic glow, below are picks that make either finish a clear winner. JESSICA VELEZ



Steal the look of spring morning mist with these new dewy foundations. First up, BECCA has sparkled our complexions with its dazzling family of highlighters, but has been relatively matte in the foundation department. Finally, we can get that glow we know and love from the brand with its new Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, which comes with a drop applicator to blend on the perfect amount of product. Also designed with a handy dropper is Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, which is embedded with light-reflective properties. The formula has an incredibly lightweight, water-like texture.


The last new dewy wonder is Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation. It replicates that dim, romantic lighting we thought only soap opera stars could work in the daytime. You can thank the mixture’s radiant-pearl mica for its fireside-like effect.



Like an artist’s blank canvas, matte foundations prep skin for a beautiful, slick-free finish. The latest way to get the look is a makeup-bag dream. Leak-free foundation sticks are creamy and easy to apply. MAKE UP FOR EVER expands its bestselling Ultra HD line with its Invisible Cover Stick Foundation for natural-looking, medium-to-full coverage. Love all things Chubby? CLINIQUE is bringing it with its new Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick. It’s so committed to giving you a matte complexion that it’s designed to be sweat- and humidity-proof.


But liquid formulations aren’t out the game. There are two new foundations redefining the texture you love. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is all about leaving skin feeling as smooth and cushiony as possible—read: never dry—while blurring any imperfections. And leave it to Dior to let us shine without being, well, shiny. The brand’s Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Broad Spectrum 35 foundation promises a poreless effect that’ll leave you with movie-star skin, stat.