How to get glowing skin – is a question I get asked all the time. ‘But I want my skin to look like JLo’s!’ Yes ladies, I hear your pleas for help – read on if you want to learn how to get glowing skin that looks healthy, youthful and flawless without looking like a disco ball.
Applying your skin base with the correct combination of products is integral in creating glowing skin.
The first thing you should do is apply a moisturizer of your choice with sun protection in the day (without sun protection in the night time if you want to take photos – SPF will create a flashback which gives you that ghostly white cast look in photos) to cleansed skin.
Dab an anti-ageing eye cream onto your eye area with your ring finger to protect this delicate skin from damage.
Apply one or two pumps of Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum (2) onto the back of your hand followed by one or one and a half pumps of M.A.C Strobe Liquid Lotion or Cream (1) on top of the serum. Mix the two products together with your index finger then apply the mixed highlighting serum all over your face and blend with your fingers. If you don’t own the Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum or the M.A.C Strobe Liquid Lotion, feel free to substitute them with a serum and liquid illuminator you already have in your collection.
Your skin should look hydrated and illuminated from this application of highlighted serum – let set into your skin for 30 seconds before moving onto Step 4.
Now that you’ve created the glowing skin base it’s time to apply your foundation. My favourite is the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Warm Golden (310) in the Combination/Oily formula. For tonal reference I wear M.A.C NC35 foundation, L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, SPF 17, Golden Beige and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Fiji.
Unfortunately, in Australia you can’t buy the shade Warm Golden (310) on retail shelves it’s a colour they don’t stock for some strange reason. However they do stock the shade in the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup, Warm Goldenwhich gives a beautiful, flawless finish which I also wear interchangeably with the liquid version.
So how do I have Warm Golden in my hot little hands? I import it from the United States from Drugstore.com. For my darker sistas they have the full line of darker shades available for purchase – click the bottle of foundation below to get redirected to where you can buy it.
They don’t ship to Australia directly so I use MyUS.com who give me a post box for my online shopping in the USA and forward the packages onto me as they arrive, arriving at my door in a couple of days. I highly recommend them! Click the MyUS.com image above to be redirected to this package forwarding service.
Take a beauty blender, your fingers, a foundation brush, a kabuki brush (my favourite) spray Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz (4) onto your tool of choice and apply the foundation onto your skin as you normally would.
By dampening your tool with a finishing spray (you can use M.A.C Fix Plus, NYX Setting Spray etc) ensures you achieve a flawless and airbrushed effect on your skin. The foundation should melt into your skin and you should be left with a dewy finish.
Leave the skin for 1 minute to allow the foundation to set on the skin.
You may choose to set your foundation with powder or not – this will depend on your skin type, how long you want to wear your makeup for and how glowing or dewy you want your skin to be.
If you tend to get oily in the t-zone (forehead, nose, chin area) but you would like to retain a really glowing finish I recommend you set just your t-zone with a powder or a highlighting powder such as the Ben Nye Banana Powder with a powder puff, powder brush or Beauty Blender sponge.
If you want your glowing skin to last a full day or you are venturing out into hotter weather I recommend you set all of your foundation with a powder such as the Australis Fresh And Flawless Face Powder (totes in love with this right now – great dupe for M.A.C Studio Fix Powder, however disappointingly doesn’t come in a large range of colours for my darker skinned gals) which allows your glow to shine through without mattifying your gorgeous, glowing base.
Although not a drugstore option I would recommend the M.A.C Skinfinish Natural products to set darker skin tones – it sets your foundation without looking cakey.
Finish off the rest of your makeup application as you normally would leaving out your highlight application.
Take a small tapered brush and apply a powder highlighter such as The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer (5) to the upper planes of the face – top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, cupids bow, and on the browbone (just below the arch of your eyebrow).
When you step outside – the light will hit these parts of your face as you move and will reflect a glow giving you a radiant effect, along with the already glowing base on the skin underneath your foundation.
Spritz your face with the Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz to set your glowing skin. Look in the mirror and recite Beyoncé’s “Flawless” line – ”I woke up like this!….” and werk that glow girl!
That is how to get glowing skin – let me know in the comments how you do it!