Whenever I wear this combination of products on my face, I get a lot of compliments on my skin, not makeup. Bingo! Thus, I've been reaching for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($43) and MAC
Studio Fix Powder ($27) more often than usual.

I was really hesitant to buy an expensive tinted moisturizer that wouldn't provide enough coverage at first, however I realized that it's a timesaver. There are so many products I have to apply in the morning (serum, moisturizer, sunscreen), or I could kill two birds at one stone by applying a tinted moisturizer that provides broad spectrum SPF 20 protection, moisturizes the skin with sodium hyaluronate and protects the skin from environmental aggressors with a complex of vitamins of  C and E , and provides a tint of coverage to even out the skin tone. I don't know about you but it sounds convincing enough to me-- although I still think it could cost less. Overall, I think it'd be a perfect match for dry to combination skin types--you'll get that 'lit from within' kind of glow during the day. For oily complexions, I'd suggest the 'oil-free' version of the tinted moisturizer.

After applying the tinted moisturizer, I follow with the MAC Studio Fix Powder which is my absolute favorite powder foundation-- I haven't yet found a better alternative. Unlike their liquid foundations, it'd never caused any breakouts on my face which is great. Moreover, it provides a flawless coverage, yet I can still see my skin through it, and it's extremely long wearing so I don't have to worry about my makeup throughout the day (though I do blot my t-zone). I use my favorite Sephora #55 Pro Airbrush ($34) to apply the powder foundation, which applies it evenly and makes a  world of difference. I swear.

The moral of the post: Don't hide your skin underneath heavy, full coverage foundations. A tinted moisturizer and a little bit of powder will even out the skin tone and will enhance your gorgeous skin.