As someone who is much more into skincare than makeup, I generally abhor to having any noticeable imprint of foundation on anyone’s face – which of course is inevitable unless you’ve taken up dermaplaning. When those dark circle or inflamed mornings call for extra support, a little foundation is the only way to achieve a blank slate of skin that hides all remnants of blemishes.
The trouble is, most foundations make me feel like I’m wearing a mask. They can be cringe-worthy off-color, far too matte, and crack off dry skin. After a lot of “oh shit” removals of regrettable foundations; I’ve finally found an option I can actually recommend. Behold; the Luminous Silk Foundation from Giorgio Armani.
It’s sheer, easily blendable, not super matte, and deliciously velvety. Inspired by silk lycra, this was developed to drape the face in a slinky silk-like manner. How they do this I will never know, but chemists designed this foundation to formulate a matrix to overlay the skin, lifting and firming, while simultaneously illuminating. It really seals in the softening emollients and feels like the silky velvet of rabbit ears.
Because I am a little crazy about not having face hairs sheathed in clumps, I blend any foundation in first with my fingers, then again with a moist beauty blender, and you can usually find my face an inch away from a mirror. This really does have a build-upon nature, so it is easy to add layers without any dry clumping or catastrophic wiping away of base layers. I apply a few dots; middle of the forehead, nose, cheek, cheek, chin, and then work the foundation to the hairline. If I feel too shiny afterward, I’ll apply Laura Mercier Translucent Powder which calms any glisten and brings the face down a few kilowatts. For best results, use a primer and concealer ahead of time. If your skin is oily, try a setting powder before applying foundation, and then again after.
The best part? It’s luminous while elevating natural skin game. There is SPF protection alongside glow and it helps hide any dullness under the rug. Sheer, breathable, and doesn’t steal skin’s spotlight. Perfect? As close as you can get.