When the first wave of blurring products hit the market a few years back, primers took precedent, offering up a number of ways in which one could turn their skin into a flattering Gaussian blur of itself before even putting on makeup. But why stop at a perfectly soft-focus canvas when you can have foundations, complexion boosters, and concealers, too — all designed to make a perfectly indistinguishable haze out of oversized pores while satisfying our unrelenting need for fresh, glowy skin.
Short of getting pregnant, which is possibly the most tried-and-true but also most needlessly complicated way to get radiant skin, achieving a truly natural, all-over glow is difficult in and of itself. Plus, a lit-from-within (not lit-from-highlighter) vibe typically calls upon products with dewy finishes — something that can only serve to amplify baby’s first wrinkles.
So what exactly should we look for when aiming for a perfectly consistent complexion with all-around glow? "A good blurring foundation is ultra light, hydrating, and instantly creates a fresh, healthy, glowing look by reflecting light and smoothing pores,” says Giorgio Armani Beauty celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn, whose clients include Diane Lane and Camila Mendes.