A versatile foundation is a MUST in every makeup bag. Notice I said versatile! I truly don’t believe that everyone needs a full coverage foundation if they don’t like that, and if you hate sheer foundations you should skip those. But everyone should have a versatile foundation that they feel comfortable wearing in their makeup kit!
For years and years I’ve leaned way toward the end of full coverage foundations. Given the nature of what I do here on the blog, I felt most comfortable with a full coverage foundation! Now with age and lifestyle changes, I’m leaning a bit more toward the medium/buildable coverage range. There are still a lot of times that I opt for a full coverage foundation, but generally I find myself reaching for a medium level of coverage for day-to-day life.
The highly recommended Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation (I wear shade 5) made its way into my online cart at Sephora several months ago, and I have to admit this was a huge win for me! It’s certainly a luxury foundation but I’m continually pleased with the finish, wear, longevity, and versatility it offers. The shade range is enormous and it has been pretty much all I’ve worn for the past few months. I switch off between using my fingers to apply it on a really fast makeup day and using my Sonia Kashuk foundation brush (it’s only $9.00).
To show you how the coverage varies, I applied foundation using my fingertips only on the left side of my face (my left), and used my foundation brush on the right side (my right). I’m wearing no other makeup here because I wanted to focus solely on the foundation finish.
On the fingertip side, one of the most noticeable areas is at my cheeks right near my nose. You can see more of my natural skin texture on this side vs. a smoother coverage on the foundation brush side. I also found that more of my freckles showed through on the fingertip side, which is exactly what I expected.
The finish is natural/radiant, in my opinion. Definitely not matte, but not luminous either. I was very apprehensive about the word “luminous” in the foundation description because I don’t like overly shimmery or dewy skin, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this foundation just looks like skin!
Whether you are using this foundation or not, try adjusting your application methods to change up your coverage. I know a lot of other women love a beauty blender, and I do too at different times! If you have a full coverage foundation, but are looking to lighten up the finish, try using a damp beauty blender to apply!
I know this post was full of a lot of close-ups of my face but I hope that you were able to see and understand the difference in coverage when you use two different tools to apply the same product!