Regardless of how well we take care of our skin, foundation is the makeup product many of us consistently feel shackled to—as if without it we’ll cease to exist. And, given the society-induced stress related to a woman’s appearance, those feelings make sense. Painting on foundation each morning saves us from “looking tired” or “unprofessional,” or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. After I while, I sort of had enough. I liked my skin. I wanted it to show through my makeup. I wanted my face to look like me, not the buffed, blended, or contoured version of myself. Naturally, it goes without saying that you should feel empowered to look however you’d like, whether that’s a full-coverage foundation, none at all, or somewhere in-between. For me, I found my groove in that grey area—with a sheer, whipped, gel-like confection that offers up dewyness and coverage, but in a more natural way. Enter: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($30).
Now, this isn’t a new product. In fact, I used it for a few months years ago when I was first finding my footing as a beauty editor. But, as with many products, I gave it up to try and review other offerings. Cut to September, when I was annoyed with face makeup all together and endlessly searched for something new and refreshing to put on my face. Everything felt old and cake-y and covered my skin where I wanted it to shine through. It wasn’t until my recent interview with Hailey Baldwin when my makeup bag finally got the update I was so desperately needing. Baldwin partnered with BareMinerals and we sat in a room discussing all the new launches, as well as a few older favorites. She picked up the Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream and my glimmered. “I used to use that all the time, I love that stuff,” I told her, excitedly. “Girl,” she said zeroing in on my eyes with hers, “get back into it.” The rest, as they say, was history. First of all, I trust whatever makeup she puts in front of me. Her skin is like freshly-cleaned glass on a summer day—light-reflective and shiny. So I took the suggestion to heart and started using the product again. The result, my dear readers, left me breathless.