Courtesy Andrea Lavinthal
What is it: The building block of any makeup look, which many of us still skip
Who tried it: Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director
Why she did it: If I didn’t master this before the end of 2013, I was worried they’d take away my beauty editor card
How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian’s blood facial?: 1. Crazy? No. Challenging? A little. And tedious? Well, I thought so, which is why I’ve been skipping it.
Here’s a fun fact about beauty editors: Nine out of ten of us don’t wear foundation. Sure, we write 1000-word articles on formulas and techniques, but we rarely practice what we preach. I’d guess most of us are getting by with our BB creams, which do a totally decent job. But decent doesn’t always cut it, especially in real life when there’s no Valencia filter to blur away redness, dark spots, uneven skin tone and zits. I recently caught a glimpse of myself in the office bathroom mirror wearing just tinted moisturizer and I’ll be honest, it wasn’t cute (damn you, fluorescent lights!).
I decided it was time to start wearing foundation, so I enlisted the expertise of Tim Quinn, Armani’s celebrity makeup artist. Insider beauty scoop: Armani foundations are so beloved by makeup artists, that even those who have contracts with other brands sneak the stuff into their kits, so I figured, why not start at the top?