It’s hard for makeup artists to pick favorites—they get to play with so many amazing products every single day. What this means, however, is that there’s a surefire way to know which one is the GOAT: if they’re using it on themselves, every single day.
Obviously, everyone’s skin is different, and we have different skin needs, different color matches, different things we want our foundation to do. That said, it’s always fun to see the MUA favorites. We chatted with LA and Las Vegas-based Kandice Delgado, a makeup artist and beauty educator, to get the scoop on what she personally uses on the daily.
Her top choice? “My favorite foundation is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk,” says Delgado. “I’m 33, but I honestly love this foundation for any age—it’s like The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, but for foundation. Like those jeans, Luminous Silk fits everyone like a glove.”
The foundation comes in 40 shades, which means a whole range of different skin tones should be able to easily find their match. According to Delgado, it provides medium coverage with a natural finish, making it great for everyday wear. It’s oil-free, which means it won’t get greasy—instead, it will give you the “perfect glow,” says Delgado.
What makes the formula so special is the fact that it’s made with specially-formulated pigments that lay flat on the surface of your skin, which allows for seamless blending. Because of this, the product is easily buildable, so you can layer it on for a totally customized amount of coverage. It stays on all day without looking cakey or flakey, and allows for a breathability that most traditional foundations lack.
With all of this, it’s no wonder that Delgado isn’t the only one who considers this product her go-to. The silky-smooth foundation is a beauty editor favorite (half of the editors on team W+G wear it themselves), and reviewers consistently sing its praises. “Legit the B E S T foundation ever… it’s like in instant perfection cream… blends seamlessly into my skin, leaving it hydrated and [my] pores filled… ARMANI WINS FOR LIFE !! Forever staple,” writes one fan. “Best foundation ever,” agrees another.
If you need a little extra coverage on dark circles or blemishes, Delgado suggests pairing the foundation with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer ($38). It’s formulated with the same pigments as the foundation, plus skin-friendly ingredients like glycerin and vitamin E (which are hydrating) and caffeine (which helps to reduce under-eye puffiness).
If you’ve been looking for an MUA-approved foundation with a formula that fits all, consider your search complete.
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