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The Impossible-to-F**k-Up Product That Makes Karina's Skin Look Airbrushed

It's magical.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick, $36, available at Sephora. Photo: Courtesy of Milk

Milk Makeup Blur Stick, $36, available at Sephora. Photo: Courtesy of Milk

During a recent "30 Rock" re-watching binge, I witnessed James Franco's fierce, unwavering love for his Japanese body pillow, Kimiko play out on-screen. While his peers question his adoration for an inanimate object, in the end (*spoiler alert*, but also this happened in 2010, so how have you not seen this yet?), Franco proclaims proudly that he's in love with — and common-law married to — Kimiko. Well, I feel about this beauty product the same way James Franco feels about Kimiko. (Only without the... sexual implications.)

Milk Makeup's newest launch truly had me at "hello." As someone with oily skin that is usually reflective by noon, I'm always on the lookout for a product that will help eliminate shine. As soon as the brand's Blur Stick hit my desk, I took it out of the packaging and swiped it along my T-zone. What happened next was nothing short of magic: Greasy-looking was essentially gone, and my pores were instantly less visible. But it wasn't the least bit flat or chalky looking; my face looked like a soft-focus filter had been applied to it — an effect that for me usually requires a good primer, foundation, finishing powder and at least 30 minutes. The silicone- and oil-free formula can be worn alone or under makeup, and apparently works on all skin tones. The stick itself is a warm, medium shade that's pretty close to my skin tone, but it doesn't actually read a specific color upon application.

I think what I love most about this product is that it's the perfect alternative to busting out a powder for mid-day touchups. It's just blessedly un-makeup-like. (I don't know about you, but after a certain point, my skin starts to patently reject additional makeup after say, 4 p.m.) Blur Stick, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful new relationship.

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Milk Makeup Blur Stick, $36, available at Sephora.

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