Let's be clear about something - I'm not someone you should go to for make-up advice. I am a make-up novice, to say the least. And yet I decided to do my own make-up for my wedding, because of one-too-many bridesmaid experiences of having my make-up professionally done and ending up with a drag-queen effect that didn't feel like me at all. At the urging of a good friend, I chose instead to spend a little time at the make-up counters of Bloomingdale's, getting tips from the experts on application techniques and splurging on a few essentials that would make my wedding day routine easy but special. Enter Giorgio Armani Face Fabric. I wish I knew the name of the flamboyantly enthusiastic guy at the make-up counter who introduced me to it - he was so knowledgeable and exuberant about this stuff, he would've sold you on it for sure. (His opening line: "I'm wearing it right now. What, did you think I just wake up looking this fabulous?!"). He told me all about the new technology developed that allows the cream to effortlessly glide over your skin, invisibly sculpting over blemishes rather than clumping or caking, and how it layers flawlessly to enhance your skin's natural illumination... I don't know about any of that stuff. All I know is that a make-up novice like myself can apply this as easily as swiping on your favorite lotion, and the effect is noticeable. There's a Photoshop retouching technique I use on images that sort of softens out skin, creating a subtle blur that perfectly erases blemishes and evens out tone in a way that kind of glows. That's what this make-up does, but in real life.
It comes in 8 shades, but it's so translucent, it's easy to blend - you can wear a range of tones without looking obviously mismatched. At $51, it's a splurge item, for sure, but a little goes a long way, so it lasts a long time- I might be admitting to a make-up faux pas here, but I was still using the same tube on my first anniversary. Pick some up here. And you, too, can pretend you wake up looking fabulous.