During the summer I feel like is when most people want that extra bit of glow and gleam to their summer makeup looks. And the best way to achieve that is with your base, whether that be foundation, tinted moisturizer, or bb cream. Also isn’t Lauren Conrad the perfect choice for showcasing glowing skin?
Probably the most common way to get glowy skin for most people is to skip their powder or setting powder, and while that’ll get the desired look initially, as the day goes on and your skin begins to sweat and produce more oil, your perfectly applied makeup, will break down and melt away. So if you’re just putting on your makeup for a little while that may just work out fine, but if you’re wanting your makeup to last all day you’re going to need to take a different approach.
Whenever I want that extra bit of glow to my skin, I start out with a super long lasting foundation, my current fave being Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet +, and mix in a little bit of liquid highlighter, something like NARS Orgasm Illuminator or Hard Candy’s liquid illuminator (haven’t tried this though). This way I have the long lasting power of my matte foundation but the glow of the highlighter.
This step is more or less optional, but I really do think everyone should include it. Set your makeup with, at the very least, a mattifying powder through your T-zone, or wherever you are most likely to get a bit of shine first. But if you are dead set on not using a powder, for whatever reason, then set your makeup with a setting spray, which will optimize the look of your foundation-highlighter combination you made earlier.
And if even after that you still want more glow to your skin, push away the liquid products I know you were reaching for and bring in your powder highlighters, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips are fantastic, and your shimmery bronzers, something like Tartes Park Avenue Princess bronzer, is perfect for this!
For the bronzer, sweep this across the high points of your face: cheeks, forehead and nose, to give a bit more natural of a look, and take your highlighter and dust this wherever you need that extra boost, across your cheek bones, cupids bow, and underneath the brows, for a more lit from within glow.
*I find the best blushes for this kind of look are peach or coral based, something like Benefit Coralista, which also has it’s own healthy dose of shimmer to it, to add even more glow to the skin.
Until next time . . .