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HD Foundation

Most of us would love a naturally flawless complexion. But for many, it’s just not realistic. Human beings have flaws. Discoloration, pimples and other blemishes all contribute to less than perfect skin. Skin care can help, but sometimes we’re just the victim of our genetics.

Fortunately makeup can help. Foundation can even out skin tone and cover flaws for a more beautiful complexion. But foundation is not without some annoying problems of its own.

One common complaint among those who wear foundation is that it just doesn’t look natural. In fact, in many cases, foundation leaves the complexion looking overly made up, particularly for women who want or need more coverage. It simply doesn’t provide the naturally flawless complexion that they desire.

Generally, foundations that provide ample coverage tend to be heavier and more obvious on the skin. Lighter formulas may be less noticeable, but also may not provide the coverage some women desire. They may even out the complexion, but don’t cover small blemishes and discoloration. It can be disappointing.

But for those in search of the perfect complexion, there is good news. High definition (HD) foundations are a more recent option for those who prefer a more natural look, but still require some coverage. They can give you a flawless look without the “caked-on” look many other foundations seem to leave you with. Many HD products offer the ability to layer foundation, providing more coverage that still gives you a more natural look than traditional foundation.

How HD Foundations Became Popular
HD foundations were developed in response to HD television and film. Because HD cameras show each and every flaw on an actor’s complexion, makeup artists needed products that provided ample coverage without an actor appearing to be overly made up.

HD foundations are available from high-end brands like Make-Up Forever. But some lower-priced alternatives exist as well. NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is available at a much lower price point than some other HD foundations.

Where to Find HD Foundation
You can find HD foundations at department store cosmetics counters, cosmetics stores, drug stores, and online retailers.

There are several HD foundations available on the market. You may need to experiment with different products to find the one that works best for you and gives you the natural-looking coverage you want.

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