Hello everyone! Welcome to the second part of my guide to radiant skin. While the first part was all about the nutritional and skincare changes you can make to get luminous skin – always the preferred option, but not necessarily a quick fix – here is the lowdown on how to fake a natural glow with five easy makeup tricks…
Step 1 – Prime your face:
Dry skin: Use a non-matte, preferably illuminating primer (Laura Mercier Radiance Primer) to instantly add radiance to the skin.
Oily Skin: Use a matte primer (Benefit The Porefessional) all over the face to reduce shine and minimize the appearance of large pores.
Step 2 – Even out your skin tone: If you chose the illuminating primer in Step 1, then go for a lightweight base (Diorskin Nude BB Creme) to gently even out your skin tone without masking it. If you chose the matte primer, use the same lightweight foundation, but mix in a light reflecting, pearly skin perfector (BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector) to use over the parts of your face that you want to highlight (not large pores or an oily T-zone). By the way, you can make any foundation seem more dewy than it really is by applying it with a slightly wet makeup brush…it really works, trust me.
To conceal under eye shadows, choose a light reflecting concealer (Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer) that is slightly brighter than your skin tone. Resist the urge to use a mattifying powder on top. This would obviously defeat the purpose. Instead, lightly dust a light diffusing powder (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light) all over the face to set your makeup without forfeiting luminosity.
Step 3 – Go for rosy cheeks: Apply a peachy or pink blush (MAC MSF in Stereo Rose) to the apples of the cheeks to give your cheeks some healthy colour and a gorgeous sheen.
Step 4 – Highlight the high points of your face: Highlighting is key when it comes to glowing skin. Apply a slightly shimmery, but NOT glittery highlighter (MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle) to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on your eyebrow bones and Cupid’s bow, and also dust it lightly over the highest points of your forehead and chin. To amplify the effect of the highlighter, use a bronzer (Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna) to slightly sculpt your face. Apply it just below your cheekbones and over your temples, and lightly dust it over the outer corners of your face and along the bridge of your nose to really make your highlighted features pop.
Step 5 – Refresh: To maintain a fresh and glowing complexion throughout the day, use a face mist (Caudalie Beauty Elixir) to hydrate the face, boost circulation and tighten pores.
That’s a wrap everybody. My guide to radiant skin is finally complete. I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative. Please let me know if you have any more questions or need some clarification on one or two of the points above. I’ll be happy to help.
Have a lovely day,
MAC MSF ‘Stereo Rose’ | BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector ‘Opal’* (as highlighter) | Nars At First Sight Eye and Cheek Palette (Laguna Bronzer)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging | Nars At First Sight Eye and Cheek Palette (All About Eve and Bellissima Eyeshadows) | Benefit They’re Real Mascara | Rimmel Scandaleyes ‘005 Nude’ | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz ‘Brunette’ | Miss Sporty Just Clear Mascara
Lancôme Gloss In Love ‘144’