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The upgrade from a traditional foundation to an HD formula can be likened to the moment you had to upgrade your '90s-era television for a hi-def flatscreen—you weren't aware you needed to trade in your old model, but once you did, you can't imagine life without it. Many beauty products claim to have that HD finish, but what actually makes the formula high definition is the unique way the pigments are coated, and how they appear under the most discriminating camera lenses. "Ultra HD cameras have 4 times the amout of pixels as compared to standard definition. This means the photographer and videographers have a lot more capability when it comes to editing and expanding images with more clarity and color saturation, but because of this, you can see the texture and color on the skin on a magnified scale," explains Nicholas Lujan, pro and media educator for Make Up For Ever. "While traditional foundations can look mask-like or heavy, ultra HD foundations mimic the look of skin and are less detectable on camera. They can help to even skin tone and texture, even with minimal product." The product is then tested under super hi-def cameras to determine whether or not it keeps its promises.

Make Up For Ever's HD formula ($43; sephora.com) in particular uses the tiniest sphere-shaped pigment particles, which impart a smooth, skin-like finish, and have been coated to keep the color stable—meaning you won't risk taking on an orange, oxidized tint. The side of hyaluronic spheres blended into the foundation ensure that your complexion stays hydrated, so you won't have to aggressively pile on moisturizer beforehand. You definitely shouldn't skip your face lotion, but Lujan advises using slightly less than you would with a traditional foundation, and consider pairing it with an HD primer and setting powder to filter out pores and keep a uniform product lineup. "Start by applying the foundation to areas that need the most coverage first, typically the center of the face," Lujan recommends. "Use a tapping or dabbing motion in these areas to build coverage, then stretch or buff your foundation outward from the area toward the edges of the face." 10 Skin-Saving Foundations for Winter Skin

Image zoom Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

This foundation is tailored for dehydrated skin with a smoothing concentrate that works with skin’s texture for a seamless, luminous finish instead of accentuating any seasonal-induced rough patches. Courtesy

Image zoom Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

A double-duty formula that contains emollients and antioxidants will repair a dry and flaky skin texture, while providing even, long-lasting coverage to improve the current appearance of your weather-worn complexion. Courtesy

Image zoom Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

This mineral foundation provides full-coverage like a cream, but hydrates and glides on smooth like a sheer foundation. Its 60% encapsulated water formula makes it a moisture-rich option for intensely parched skin. Courtesy

Image zoom Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Light-diffusing spears mask a worn, flaky complexion with this medium-to-full, long-lasting foundation that also hydrates skin without adding extra shine. Courtesy

Image zoom Clé de Peau Beauté Silk Crème Foundation

Full coverage with a luminous finish and moisturizing humectants means you’re in for a foundation that will stay in place throughout the day without causing further dryness. Courtesy

Image zoom Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

No Instagram filter required: Beauty influencer Huda Kattan's first foundation blurs and smooths over imperfections so that skin has a filter-like finish. Hydrating argan oil and centella asiatica keeps the formula from settling into any fine lines or rough patches. Courtesy

Image zoom Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15

Consider Bobbi Brown’s foundation a triple threat: It gives you medium coverage with a radiant finish to brighten dull complexions, moisturizes dry, winter skin, and contains SPF 15 to shield skin from the sun’s rays, which are harmful no matter the season. Courtesy

Image zoom Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

If there was an overachiever award for foundations, this Laura Mercier bottle would get the title. Along with providing full-coverage, the formula stays locked in place for 15 hours without turning flat or cakey. Courtesy

Image zoom BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20

The lack of sunlight in the winter can leave skin looking dull. BareMinerals' foundation is packed with glow-boosting vitamin C, which also minimizes dark spots and pigmentation. Courtesy

Image zoom Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Foundation

Part traditional liquid foundation, part hydrating serum, CoverGirl & Olay’s formula covers imperfections while working to improve skin tone and texture over time. Courtesy 1 of 10 Advertisement