Now that it’s summer and things are starting to heat up, I haven’t been comfortable in heavy makeup. It’s nice to give the skin a breath of fresh air every once in a while. On days where I want to let my skin chill but still look presentable, I use these products for an effortless glow.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST GLOW OF YOUR LIFE
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop (Jaclyn Hill Collaboration)
- Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Concealer in Medium 26
- Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
- Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette vol 3 – radiant bronze shades and highlight (limited edition, no longer available)
- Your favorite setting powder; Mine is Too Faced Peach Perfect
When you’re letting your skin go “naked,” I can’t stress the importance of properly prepping your skin enough. I like to exfoliate using the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads and really massage in the brand’s Ultra Repair Cream. I find that taking the time to gently massage in my moisturizer allows the skin to plump up and refresh itself in the best way. Use whatever products you know work for your skin!
After ensuring that my skin looks extra fresh, I start by applying BECCA Liquid Champagne Pop all over my skin. I love the peachy champagne tones in this product; it has absolutely no glitter in it but imparts a beautiful dewy radiance. I find that it is similar in texture to a lotion, so it melts into my skin very nicely. There are so many ways to use this product!
Using my Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (your favorite small buffing brush will do! Or, use a sponge if that’s your preference.), I start to buff the Colourpop No Filter Concealer in the areas I need coverage. For me, this is under my eyes, around my nose and mouth, and on any blemishes. By using a high coverage concealer, you can limit the amount of product needed and get the concealer to be almost invisible on your skin. I prefer using a buffing brush because it pushes the product into my skin the best.
I then lightly set any areas where I applied concealer or where I tend to get oily with a powder. You can either use the same brush as you did for concealer, or you can switch to a sponge. It truly depends on how much “setting” you want to do.
To add color and dimension back into the face, work with a fluffier brush and radiant powders. You can either start with highlight or bronzer, but the most important part is that you really blend the products into each other for a seamless effect. I start with the radiant bronzers from the Tarte contour palette and sweep them on in a “three” formation: around the perimeter of my forehead, under my cheekbones, and down my jawline. Work lightly and blend until the color fades into the skin.
Use a powder highlight with a lot of “gleam” to it; I’m using the slightly pink shade in the Tarte palette, but I also really love the glossiness of the Urban Decay Beauty Beam Highlighters. Use the same brush as you used for bronzer and dust the highlight everywhere that you would naturally glow. Again, you want these products to melt into each other and into the skin, so take your time in swirling and blending.
For a touch of flush, I lightly blended Milani’s Luminoso onto the apples of my cheeks and into the highlight and bronzer shades. Go back in and touch up the bronzer and highlight until you are glimmering to your satisfaction.
If you have oilier skin, you’ll probably want to go in with a setting spray. I love the Urban Decay All-Nighter for this because it locks things into place without mattifying.
All of these photos were taken in natural lighting using my iPhone — I adjusted the lighting a tiny bit using the AL3 filter on VSCO.
I also want to iterate that my skin is NOT clear right now, and yet this looks fairly nice! I used to do this sort of thing with the original MAC Strobe Cream, but there was something about that product that almost highlighted all of my flaws. The BECCA liquid highlighting fluids give the softest glow, warming up my complexion rather than casting a giant spotlight on all my uneven texture, etc.
What’s your favorite no-foundation product? I’d love to try some new ones now that the summer sun is officially here!
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Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.
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