How do I love the Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation? Let me count the ways. My skin is super-temperamental and I break out like I'm still 15, so in order to create (read: completely fake) an insanely glowy complexion, I'd have to do this complicated ritual that involved layering highlighter under foundation, then top everything off with a light-reflective powder. Sure, it worked just fine, but I couldn't help but wonder if the multiple layers had an impact on the way my skin was behaving. Spoiler alert: They were, and I needed to dial things back in a big way. As if it were fate, Laura Mercier's Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($48; nordstrom.com) crossed my desk, and I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but I think I've found the one.
I'm constantly joking that I always look better in lower light settings, to which my boyfriend is constantly like, shut up, but it's partially true. Everyone just looks better under a veil of candlelight—your skin appears warmer, and everything seems a bit softer. Laura Mercier took this concept and bottled it, using super-fine pearl mica to mirror the effect. At first, I was skeptical at the thought of a shimmer-infused foundation, but the finish is subtle, and veers more toward a healthy glow than glitter overkill. The formula is very lightweight and fluid, so you can do one or two pumps for a sheer texture, and build it up slowly. Personally, I'll start with one layer, then work extra product over specific areas that need more coverage bit by bit. Perhaps due to the infusion of purified water, my skin has actually calmed down from the occasional temper tantrum, so it certainly isn't hard to wax poetic. I love thee, Candleglow Foundation. I love thee to the level of every day's most quiet need, by sun and candle light—both of which I look great in, FYI.