Heavy full-coverage foundations have long offered up an instant solution to any number of social calendar–killing problems-enlarged pores, uneven texture, fine lines, and blemishes among them. In recent months, however, beauty's latest breakthrough formulas have seemed to revolve around a slightly different premise: sheer, unfettered denial.

Relying less on traditional camouflage and more on innovative trompe l'oeil technology, they're a nearly invisible new makeup hybrid that harnesses the power of light-reflecting "blurring" pigments to turn even crow's feet and tired skin (hello, New York Fashion Week) into an optical illusion.

Indeed Laboratories' Nanoblur formula bills itself as a "high definition ready" skin perfector and relates its diffusion technology to airbrushing: Pat the clear, mattifying cream over foundation or wear it on its own and let its micro-prism particle system effectively photoshop your face.

Combining the skin-care ingredients of your favorite face cream with a sheer flattering tint, Peter Thomas Roth's BB Blur Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Beauty Balm contains moisturizing squalane and free radical–fighting antioxidants like goji berry and vitamin E-but its real transformative kick arrives courtesy of the wonders of diamond dust.

If break-outs are an issue, L'Oréal's new oil-free spin on its best-selling Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream may be in order. The lightweight, silky fluid-formulated with shine-absorbing silica-actually scatters light to minimize the appearance of facial lines.

How's that for a little makeup-induced reality suspension?

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