Giorgio Armani Face Fabric SPF 12

When it comes to foundation, I have always invested significantly more than I would on shadows, lipsticks, etc.  Because foundation sits on the skin, if high quality ingredients are not used, there is a higher chance of clogging the pores and encouraging breakouts.  Giorgio Armani Face Fabric is like a second skin, it uses a 3D micro-fil technology which, simply put means, it looks invisible on the skin while delivering coverage, and is light in consistency.

The texture is like none I’ve ever tried, as it is applied it seems to melt into the skin.  It’s difficult to discern where the foundation is applied once it is on because it blends so beautifully.  The product was formulated to accommodate those instances when layering for fuller coverage may be necessary, and even then the results are simply radiant, fresh and natural looking skin.  The product contains an SPF of 12, which is less than I typically use, however, layering the foundation over my sunscreen makes no difference in the overall amazing results.

Available at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com or Neiman Marcus and other fine retailers $49

Sunkissed Bronzer For Face & Legs

With Summer fast approaching, we all want sun-kissed, healthy looking skin.  In fact, most of us want this skin year around.  Bronzers are a great way to achieve this while protecting your skin from the harmful effects of too much sun.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powders have been a favourite of mine for many years.  I’ve veered away from it a few times to try a litany of others, and although they served the purpose, the results were just not as appealing.

Being one of the first  bronzers on the market, Guerlain is the pioneer when it comes to them, they seemed to get it right at the outset.  These bronzers don’t leave an orange undertone and they are enriched with moisturizers so even the driest skins can use them without feeling like it is cakey on the skin.  The results truly do look sun-kissed, and they can also be used solely as blush.  Every skin tone from fair to ethnic is covered with 8 shades available.  Although Guerlain Terrracotta Bronzing Powder is a bit on the high end, the price is easily justified by the fact you will surely get a good year or more use from it. Available at fine department stores $50

Legs having not seen the light of day for months, may require special attention when it’s time to switch out the wool gaberdine slacks for summer shorts and skirts.  Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is a treasure packaged in a can.  The coverage is fantastic and the shades mimic the natural undertones of actual skin (novel approach huh?), leaving the legs looking smooth and flawless.  The formula is also waterproof, however, in the event it transfers to clothing, it washes out easily.  Although the dispenser is a spray can, I usually spray the product in my hands first, then smooth it onto the legs, use is more controlled this way.  Available at drugstores nationwide $13


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

Foundation is the most important component of makeup application, and because it sits on the skin, it is important the ingredients contained in it do not induce clogged pores, leading to break-outs.  Although Chanel foundation is expensive, compared to its drugstore counterparts, a little goes a very long way.  As enticing as it is to save a few dollars, your skin may suffer as a result, with the long term use of a drugstore brand.  If it’s any consolation, in my experience, it takes well over a year to go through a quality foundation.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting my favourite foundations, which I personally use or have used in the past.  Another bit of information to keep in mind is one basic foundation may not be the answer.  I personally have several different formulas I wear, as my skin changes from one season to the next or coverage may vary depending upon how my skin is behaving.  Finally, the skin may become immune to a particular formula if it is not switched periodically, in other words, the results may not be as incredible as when you first fell in love with it, therefore, a respite may be in order.  The concept is similar to that of clothing, certain cuts are worn at certain times depending upon weight fluctuations and other factors.

Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation is water-based and absolutely divine on the skin, with a light consistency, while the coverage is buildable.  The best technique for foundation application is always a brush.  A brush will extend the life of your foundation since it has nothing to absorb into, versus a sponge, which absorbs the majority of the product before it even hits your face.  The result with Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation is luminous, natural looking skin for hours.

Visit the Chanel counter at your local department store to receive a consultation, and request a sample prior to committing.  The beauty advisors are prepared to accommodate you.  Also, if you visit the Chanel site, there is a foundation diagnostic available for your convenience.

Available at chanel.com and fine department stores nationwide $45