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15 Foundations ELLE Editors Can’t Live Without

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Ask ELLE editors what their top foundation picks are and they’ll spend a lifetime explaining why they prefer tints over full-coverage formulas, or which foundation blurs their most stubborn skin concerns. Simply put: ELLE editors keep the foundation market running, no-makeup makeup trends be damned.

However, we know you don’t have time to scroll through an endless list of the best foundations out there so we narrowed it down to 15. Whether you want a filter-like finish or a no-blemishes-left-behind full coverage finish, shop ELLE’s favorite foundations below.

Triple Fix Clean Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid

LYS Beauty
sephora.com

$22.00

Sephora had me when they announced Lys Beauty as its first-ever  Black-owned Sephora clean color cosmetics brand. The foundation is weightless (perfect for the impending summer heat) and medium coverage, so I don’t end up feeling cakey. — Nerisha Penrose, Beauty Commerce Editor, ELLE.com

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

bareMinerals
ulta.com

$33.00

“I’ve been using BareMinerals Complexion Rescue for almost my entire adult life. Sometimes I’ll try to switch to other brands for fuller coverage, or because they get great reviews, but I always end up coming back to my tried and true fav. It’s the only foundation that covers up my rosacea, doesn’t cake or dry, and leave my skin looking glowy. I layer it on top of the Becca Backlight Primer and voila! It’s the epitome of effortless no makeup makeup.” — Jessica Roy, Digital Director 

Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna
sephora.com

$36.00

“I use Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation. Fenty’s foundation is perfect for my dry skin. I found a lot of other foundations were too drying and left my face looking dull. Fenty’s foundation goes a long way and leaves my face with an even glowing finish.” — Starr Savoy, Editorial Fellow

BarePro Longwear Powder Foundation

bareMinerals
sephora.com

$33.00

“I’ve used BareMinerals’ powder foundation since high school, but what I love about its newer performance-wear foundation is that it really evens my skin tone and covers all my blemishes without feeling heavy—and the color lasts. In the summer, I have oily skin too, so having a good matte foundation really helps keep my skin’s sheen in check. BareMineral’s powder foundations generally feel barely there for me but still work miracles on my skin. And it never breaks me out: a major plus!” — Alyssa Bailey, News and Strategy Editor

Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Make Up For Ever
sephora.com

$43.00

“It’s Make Up For Ever for me—specifically the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It does everything you want a good foundation to do: goes on easy without a ton of blending and re-blending and stays on easy, even through a long, hot summer night. (More like Make Up 5Ever, am I right? sry sry it was right there.)” — Katherine Krueger, Features Editor

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
sephora.com

$47.00

“I love the coverage, the extensive shade range, the feel of the creamy formula on my skin, and the fact that this foundation can last all day and all night. To brag for one second,  I’ve also been told by Rihanna’s makeup artist Priscilla Ono that the BadGal and I share the same foundation shades. It’s just pure love!” — Chloe Hall, Beauty Director

Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez
sephora.com

$29.00

“Real Rare Beauty stans will know about the #DotFoundationChallenge—using one dot of the brand’s Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation to cover your entire face. Selena Gomez has always preached that a little goes a long way with her products, and this foundation is all the proof you need. The formula is lightweight, breathable, and provides solid coverage with just a smear from the doe-foot applicator.” — Ariana Yaptangco, Social & Beauty Editor

CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

IT Cosmetics
sephora.com

$39.50

“I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin, and that includes breaking my full-coverage foundation habit. I often go makeup-free (never thought I’d type those words in my life!) but when I need to even out my discoloration, I reach for a BB cream with built-in SPF. Nothing does the job like IT Cosmetics.” — Julie Kosin, Senior Culture Editor

Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation SPF 35

A friend needed a recommendation for the foundation to wear on her wedding day and I had only one suggestion: Dior Forever Glow. It’s totally foolproof and lasts through morning Zoom calls and (multiple) masked coffee runs. I prefer put it on with a fluffy foundation brush, and it instantly gives you smooth, even skin without covering your glow.  — Margaux Anbouba, Associate Beauty Editor

Say What?! Foundation

Uoma Beauty
uomabeauty.com

$49.00

“‘Say what?’ is exactly what you’ll say in your head when you witness the magic of this foundation. This deceitful little gem startled me when I first pumped the product onto my face. But once I blended everything out, I looked like a more poreless, smooth, radiant version of myself.” — Nerisha Penrose, Beauty Commerce Editor

Perfecting Skin Tint + Stretch Concealer Duo

Glossier
glossier.com

$36.00

“I appreciate the art of a full beat, but I also love it when my skin—bronzed, browed, and highlighted—still looks like skin. That, coupled with working (living, socializing, pampering, working some more) from the comfort of my home/missing outside, makes Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint, the perfect choice for me. It’s lightweight and gentle, but still effective in smoothing out my base for a seamless finish.” — Angel Lenise, Supervising Video Producer

Radiant Cream Foundation SPF 24

Cle De Peau
nordstrom.com

$128.00

“I used to have pretty red and bumpy acne with lots of scars, and this foundation was my best possible cover-up. It looks like actual glowing healthy skin and hides pigmentation with one layer. Even though my acne has cleared up thanks to Accutane, I still use this when I’m getting done up. I suggest a domed buffing brush to apply—you’ll have a gorgeous even and natural-looking complexion fast. And about the price tag: I usually need only two tubes a year, which breaks down to about a dollar per weekday.” —Katie Becker, Beauty & Health Director

Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury
sephora.com

$44.00

“All I need in this life of sin is a full-coverage foundation that feels lightweight. Charlotte Tilbury’s magical formula manages to do both, while keeping my oily face matte and poreless.” —  Ariana Yaptangco, Social Media Editor

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

“You know it’s true love when you own the same foundation in multiple shades. I tan easily and my complexion changes drastically depending on the hour, so I keep a few Nars bottles on my counter to match myself on the day. The formula is lightweight and gives you a silky, barely-there finish, which works well with my sensitive skin.”—Justine Carreon, Senior Market Editor

Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Beauty
sephora.com

$44.00

“I’ve been in an entanglement with Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation for two years now. This foundation isn’t stuck up; she gets along well with every product in my routine and still finds a way to stand out on her own. We’ve had our ups—eight-hour-plus workdays of non-stop radiant skin—and our downs—scraping the bottom of the bottle to get the last drop. But this is the best $42 I’ve ever spent in my life.” — Nerisha Penrose, Beauty Commerce Editor

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These Beauty Brands Are The Best Of The Best—And You Can Buy Them On Amazon

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I’ve made my fair share of uh-oh buys on Amazon (see: that fantastic deal on a nightstand that ended up being doll furniture), but when it comes to finding top-notch, no-mistakes-here beauty purchases, it has the best of the best. Whether you’re trying to find the latest and greatest in haircare, a sustainable beauty brand that won’t do you wrong, or a new mascara for fluttery lashes, there’s an option on Amazon that will not let you down. But who has the time to scroll mindlessly for that long, only to end up with a shopping cart that’s full to the brim of “maybes”? I live to serve, so I compiled the best of the best, from tried-and-true products to a couple of hidden gems I’ll graciously share with you. Below, find the 10 best beauty brands on Amazon you need to know about.

Olaplex

What it is: Haircare for chemically and heat damaged hair

So you’ve damaged your hair, either by dousing it with bleach or by cranking up your flat iron to 450 degrees. What now? The answer is Olaplex. With a slew of beloved hair treatments and essential go-to’s, Olaplex repairs damage and will leave your hair feeling baby-soft and new again.

Maybelline

What it is: Go-to beauty staples for the beauty-obsessed

You’ve probably already swiped on a Maybelline mascara and fallen in love, but the entire line is made up of must-haves. Beloved by beauty professionals and everyday humans alike, Maybelline is the drugstore brand you should be shopping.

Tula

What it is: Skincare you can’t go wrong with

If you’re trying to get into skincare but don’t want to make a misstep, everything from Tula is ideal for beginners and experts alike. Whether you’re looking to cure some acne or give your face a sip of hydration, the entire line is easy to use.

Beauty Bakerie

What it is: Makeup for your inner chef

Beauty Bakerie created a line that’s inspired by sweets and bakeries and will give you the glam you’re seeking for the playful fashionista. Plus, all the names are adorable and fun.

Lanolips

What it is: Products to make your lips kissable.

If your lips are as dry and flakey as mine are, you’re in desperate need for Lanolips. Whether you opt for a traditional tube balm, or something tinted, or a gloss (oh, my!), they’re the brand you need if you’re hoping to get in a smooch this year.

Olay

What it is: Skincare essentials for aging skin

One of the most trusted skincare lines, Olay is the go-to for anyone who wants their fine lines to just go away already. But, even if you’re still a few years away from crow’s feet, their skincare is effective and luxurious for all skin types.

Alaffia

What it is: A one-stop-shop for everyday necessities

For your hair, body, and skin needs, Alaffia is the place to shop if you need some hydration and expert care. The company is built on the principles of giving back and sustainability so that you can feel good about every single purchase.

ILIA

What it is: Makeup for the clean beauty enthusiast

If you’re trying to avoid harsh chemicals, ILIA is the clean beauty brand that combines ethical beauty with chic packaging. Not to mention, all the products apply beautifully and will increase your gorgeousness factor by at least 10%.

Shea Moisture

What it is: A curly girl’s dream collection

Curly girls know that Shea Moisture is the place to shop for products that will never let you down. From their protein treatments to curl creams, you know you’re in good hands when you buy from Shea Moisture.

Youth to the People

What it is: Holistic products for the skincare obsessed

Any skincare obsessor will tell you that this brand has it all: unique products, great morals, and an eye on sustainability that can’t be missed. From their moisturizers to their masks to their cleansers, you can’t go wrong with any product this brand creates.

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Prada, Burberry, and More Are Massively Discounted at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

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Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the season is in full swing. While the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicked off on July 16 for Nordy Club cardmembers, as of today the public officially has access to shop offers from brand-new arrivals from hundreds of brands. Whether you’re scouring the pages for home finds, summer styles, or prepare for a new fall wardrobe, now’s the time to take advantage before prices go back up on August 9.

With incredible styles hailing from top designer labels like Off-White, Isabel Marant, and Prada, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is packed with deals on designer duds. From your new favorite sunnies to Manolo Blahnik heels and luxe trench coats perfect for stepping back into the office, we curated the best of the best that’s worth your attention

Ahead, check out our curated picks boasting up to 70 percent off on luxury designers, and be sure to check out the full sale on Nordstrom to keep the shopping high going.

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Slingback Pointy Toe Flat

2

iPhone 11 Pro Leather Case on a Chain

SAINT LAURENT
nordstrom.com

3

Mirror Swiss Leather Flap Bag

Off-White
nordstrom.com

$1,275 $637.50 (50% off)

4

Check Woven Leather Bucket Hat

6

Bamboo Safari Tie Dye Pants

Stella McCartney
nordstrom.com

7

Double Layer Trench Coat

Junya Watanabe
nordstrom.com

8

Verda Crystal Buckle Slide Sandal

Manolo Blahnik
nordstrom.com

9

Luliette Western Boot

Isabel Marant
nordstrom.com

10

Magdeline High Waist Pleated Leather Pants

11

Oversize Tie Dye Leather Tote

Mansur Gavriel
nordstrom.com

12

Alexander Mcqueen 61mm Geometric Sunglasses

Alexander McQueen
nordstrom.com

13

Oversize Woven Blazer

Proenza Schouler
nordstrom.com

14

Women’s Molly Goddard Ruffle Peplum Cotton Top, Size 8 US – Pink

Molly Goddard
nordstrom.com

15

Lilum Floral Embellished Crochet Cardigan, Size Small – Green

16

Women’s Victoria Beckham Double Layer Silk Cami, Size 4 US – Black

Victoria Beckham
nordstrom.com

17

Golden Goose Leopard Seamless Adult Face Mask

Golden Goose
nordstrom.com

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10 Facts About U.S. Olympic Gymnast Jade Carey

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Jade Carey, 21, is a 5’1″ Phoenix native competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This week, Carey qualified for the Sunday, Aug. 1 floor exercise and vaulting. After Simone Biles withdrew from tomorrow’s individual all-around, it was announced that Carey would take her place in the competition, alongside Suni Lee.

Here is everything to know about the four-time medalist and her road to the Olympics.

Carey has committed to Oregon State University.

In 2017, Carey officially signed to Oregon State University but deferred enrollment to pursue the chance to win Olympic gold. She is expected to join the OSU Gymnastics team for the 2022 season. Carey told Inside Gymnastics Magazine that she has already begun taking classes. “I’m sad I won’t be able to be up in Oregon this year, but I’ve been in touch with the coaches a lot, and they’ve been great helping me set a new plan,” Carey told the outlet. “I’m going to start some classes so that I will have some classes done before I get there.”

Carey helped fellow gymnast Riley McCusker after she alleged misconduct by a former coach.

Riley McCusker is a fellow member of the U.S. national team who trained with gymnastic coach Maggie Haney at MG Elite in Marlboro, N.J. McCusker and another gymnast filed a lawsuit late last year against Haney, their former coach, alleging, as NJ.com put it, that “screaming, body shaming, discouraging girls from getting their periods, and unsafe training conditions” led to serious injuries. Former Olympian Laurie Hernandez also testified against Haney.

With McCusker coach-less and unsure about her future in gymnastics, Carey invited her to come train with her in Arizona. In an interview with Olympics.com, McCusker said her new gym gave her a new lease on the sport. “I love gymnastics again. I am so happy in the gym every day, doing what I love. I’m really actually thankful that I got an extra year out here training in Arizona. I’m just so happy, and I love the sport. I think that’s the biggest difference,” she said.

Carey told Inside Gymnastics Magazine that she loves training with McCusker. “We really push each other to be better and help each other in every way we can. It’s nice to have a training partner that knows exactly what you’re going through,” she said.

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      The vault is Carey’s favorite event.

      Carey also revealed that vault is her favorite event, per PopSugar. In 2016, Carey had a skill named after her called “The Carey” in the Junior Olympic Code of Points, which is also referred to as “tucked Kasamatsu full.”

      Carey’s father is her gymnastics trainer.

      Carey and her father, Brian, are a gymnastic father and daughter duo. Since her parents owned a gym when she was growing up, Carey was around the sport from a young age.

      In September, Carey posted an Instagram tribute for her father’s birthday. She posted two photos of her and her father at a gymnastics meet. “Happy birthday, dad!! Thanks for being by my side every step of the way❤️❤️ I love you,” she captioned the post.

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      Carey’s mother is her ‘number one’ supporter.

      As she shined in her performance at the Olympics preliminary round in Tokyo, Carey’s mother, Danielle, supported her daughter thousands of miles away in Gilbert. In an interview with People.com, Carey’s mother said, “I talked to Jade after the competition, and she said, ‘I guess today was a good day to have the best day ever!’ “

      She went on to say how proud she is of her daughter. “The whole experience has just been amazing! I am so proud of her and her accomplishments on this wonderful journey! I was so excited about her going out and hitting all four routines in the biggest competition of her life!!” she told the outlet. “I was even more proud of her character and the way she presented herself on the competition floor. The sacrifices she has made, her strong work ethic, her dedication to this difficult sport, and her perseverance are all the qualities that helped shape her into the athlete she is today!”

      Carey posted about her appreciation for her mother on Instagram. “To the best momma ever, thank you for being my #1 supporter and teaching me to always believe in myself❣️ happy birthday!! I love you,” she captioned the post.

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      Carey showed an interest in gymnastics at a young age.

      On the “Today Show” earlier this month, Carey’s mother talked about how Jade’s passion for gymnastics started when she was a toddler. “I believe she was about four years old; her dad and I were watching TV, and all of a sudden, oop, there goes a cartwheel,” she explained. “We looked at each other, and I said, ‘Did you teach her that?’ and he said, ‘No, did you?’ and I said ‘no,’ and so I think we kind of knew at that point.”

      She will perform as an individual for the U.S. at the Olympics.

      The gymnast is a four-time world championship medalist.

      On July 25, Carey qualified for the Olympics women’s gymnastics floor exercise and vault finals. She earned the second-highest vault score of 15.166 and the third-highest score on floor. The vault finals will take place on Aug. 1 and the floor exercise is scheduled for Aug. 2.

      She is “besties” with U.S. Olympic teammate Grace McCallum.

      In October, Carey posted a sweet birthday tribute for her best friend and fellow gymnast, Grace McCallum. “Happy birthday to my bestie, roomie for life, and travel buddy!! I love you so much, grace💓💓 miss you,” Carey wrote as the caption.

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      Carey is a Gemini.

      Carey was born on May 27, 2000 to Brian Carey and Danielle Mitchell-Greenberg. She has three siblings: Alexis, Taeva, and Xandon. She was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and still resides there as she lives with her family.

      She does an intense ab workout.

      In an interview with PopSugar, Carey revealed the intense ab routine that prepared her for the Olympics. “It’s pretty quick, but it’s still pretty hard and a good workout,” the gymnast said. You can read the full workout over at PopSugar.

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