The very first beauty product I ever used was foundation. It was this thick, cakey powder that covered every last pore and spot on my skin. I was 14 and new to the world of makeup. I also felt self-conscious about the red bumps that were all over my cheeks and forehead. I didn’t know what I was using or how to use it. I just liked how it made my face all one color.
I suppose it’s only fitting, then, that one of my first discoveries as a baby beauty editor was a foundation. OK, technically it’s a "tinted hydrating gel," from Bare Minerals, but for all intents and purposes, let’s call it a foundation—albeit a very lightweight one with skin-care benefits (like SPF 30 and squalane for added moisture).
I still remember the first time I tried it. I patted some over my cheeks and nose and suddenly the blotchy patches were evened out and smooth. I marveled at the whipped, mousse-like texture that melted beautifully into my skin at the lightest touch. No brushes or sponges or careful blending required.
I wore it in the muggy heat of summer (it didn’t drip down my face). I wore it in the dry cold of winter (it didn’t highlight my dry spots). I used it until the very last drop and promptly picked up another tube (and another and, well, you know where this is going).