Since coming back from vacation I’ve wanted to keep my glow going! I find I tend to use more natural finish/semi-matte foundations in the winter, but there’s nothing like a healthy glow. Now, we want to be dewy, not sweaty looking and there’s a fine line between the two. To achieve an ideal glowing complexion, I mix radiant products with mattifying products. Read on for my method.
THE DEWY LINE UP
Products I’ve been using to achieve glowy skin are a combination of tried and true favourites as well as some recent drugstore loves. This post is focusing on complexion products- so I won’t be going over what glowy blush or highlight to use because, well, highlighting products obviously highlight.
First, I prime my face with Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. It gives the skin the healthiest looking glow without appearing too shiny and there are no chunks of glitter to be found. Some primers can irritate my skin and cause texture but this works just fine on me. After, I apply Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer to my lids. This primer is foolproof and even though I set my foundation on my eyelids, I can sometimes get oily and I hate hate haaaate how creasy lids look. This step is crease and oil proof!
Next, I apply Laura Mercier’s Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in the shade ‘Dusk’- a light-medium shade with warm undertones. This dewy foundation looks great using either a brush or a beauty blender. Once my foundation is on, I like to conceal under the eyes with just a dab of Tarte Shapetape Concealer in ‘Light Sand’, and another dab of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in ‘Custard’. I also use the Nars concealer in a little triangle on my chin and center of the forehead. The Tarte Shapetape is super full-coverage and at first I honestly hated it because I used too much and I don’t usually do fullllllll coverage makeup. I always have taken Wayne Goss’s advice that you should let as much of your natural skin show through, rather than trying to create an unnatural mask.
SETTING FOR DEWY SUCCESS
I do have some fine lines under the eyes (*gasp*) so naturally, after the whole day I can get creases. To mitigate this, I apply NYX Mineral ‘Set It & Don’t Fret It’ Mattifying Finishing Powder to my under eye area as well as my eyelids, chin and center of forehead where I can get shine throughout the day. Now I’m a dry skin girl and any overly dry formula of powder WILL give my gross crepey looking under eyes. I used to use Bourjois Silk Edition Touch Up Translucent Universal Powder and while it actually was great, it was also $30. I made myself start using this NYX powder that was sitting in my drawer and I actually have fallen so in love with it. Again, it’s one of those products I only need to use a little bit of and I know I’m good for the day.
BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS
If I’m really having a long day and need my makeup to last, or if I want just a dash more coverage than the Candleglow foundation provides, I’ll add in the Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation to high-traffic areas. This is a great basic powder foundation even for no-makeup makeup days and doesn’t look cakey on the skin at all. Remember, we want to be dewy, not matte, so I would only use this on the edge of my jawline, the forehead and my nose- all areas I find my makeup fades the quickest.
Go ahead and do the bronzer, blush and highlight combo of your choice and then set with Tarte’s Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist. See my full review on it here. This mist always leaves me nice and dewy looking, even after using a more matte foundation. As long as your complexion products are radiant and you use a non-mattifying setting spray, you should be able to still look dewy regardless if you use matte bronzer and blush. Also, luminous style bronzers really only enhance texture and on the face instead of sculpting. I always use a matte bronzer and I alternate between luminous and matte blushes.
Voila. I hope some of these tips helped! What do you guys do to look glowy?