For the entirety of my adult life, I’ve never worn foundation. That decision was always driven by laziness: Another thing to put on in the morning also meant another thing to take off at night. Plus, in my experience any time I tried wearing ~skin paint~, my face wound up looking like a cakey, flakey combination that looked worse than sans-foundation. A few months ago, though, I had my makeup done professionally for a photo shoot (I know this sounds so bougie; it was for work) and when I saw how incredible my skin looked with foundation I said, “Huh, maybe I’ve been wrong this whole time?”
I started experimenting with foundations — full-coverage, lightweight finish, BB cream, etc. — and landed on Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk. Beauty bloggers and makeup artists (and Kim Kardashian) have been swearing by the formula for years, so in many ways I felt like the answer was right under my nose this whole time. It makes my skin look so even and flawless and, dare I say, silky, that I now refuse to leave the house without it on my face. I fell in love so hard but felt so conflicted about the price that I tried every dupe out there for this foundation and none of them even came close. I’m hooked.
The biggest roadblock for me was the price, because at $64 it isn’t cheap, but hear me out: if this isn’t a foundation that’s within your price range for regular use, I’d suggest getting it (or requesting it from a makeup artist) for any special occasion you’re getting ready for. Weddings, proms, dinners, banquets, professional family photos, whatever. It’s so much of a game-changer that it is worth it.
One quick note about application: I pump a drop into my fingers, rub the product between my fingers for about 15 seconds to warm it up, then dab it onto my face, and blend it in with a wet Beautyblender. Honestly, once you warm it between your fingers for a smooth application, you don’t even need a makeup blender; I just really prefer the finish with mine. —Augusta Falletta
Get it from Sephora for $64. / Available in 24 shades.