Wednesday, 3 May 2017

How To: Glowy Skin

Hey guys!

Today I'm going to be sharing with you what I like to use to get glowy skin, I will be including high-end products as well as affordable alternatives so there will be something for everyone!

Primers can be a great start to getting beautiful glowy skin. I highly suggest using one that has the purpose to illuminate - my favourites are Nars' Illuminator and L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer. There are some differences in colour with these two, L'oreal Lumi Magique is like a light white-ish colour and Nars has a few different shades to suit different skin tones, but the one that I use on the regular is Copacabana which is more of a pink tone. I use both in the same way and find that they are both effective in giving me the glow I'm after. You can use before makeup or you could mix into your foundation but I prefer to just apply all over my face before I apply any other makeup.

Where to find & Price
Nars Copacabana - for £23.00
L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer - for £9.99

I have dry skin so I do have a slightly better choice when it comes to finding illuminating foundations than those with oily skin types purely because I need all the moisture I can get! I love MAC Studio Sculpt foundation and the L'oreal Lumi Magique foundation because they have a satin/dewy finish. I would say that Studio Sculpt is definitely a higher coverage but the L'oreal Lumi is buildable. I don't really think these would be great for those that do have oily skin since these foundations don't really set so they kind of stay tacky. I do set all my foundations with a powder just on my problems areas like my chin (I don't know why but my foundation loves to wear off here) my nose and forehead. I want to look glowy not sweaty! If you have oily skin I recommend using a illuminating primer like the ones mentioned above and mixing them in with a matte foundation and don't be afraid to use some setting powder on problematic areas of your face.

Where to find & Price
MAC Studio Sculpt - for £27.00
L'oreal Lumi Magique - for £10.99

I still like to go in with a matte bronzer to start with to contour but if I'm really going for the glow I love to apply a slightly shimmery bronzer over the top, I feel that this can make you look sun kissed and healthy. I love to use The Balm Bahama Mama and top it off with a baked bronzer from Too Faced. I love to use I Heart Bronzer Summer Of Love from Makeup Revolution which I find at the drugstore to achieve a similar look.

Where to find & Price 
The Balm Bahama Mama - for £17.49
Too Faced Sweetheart Baked Bronzer - for £25.00
Makeup Revolution I Heart Bronzer - for £4.99

Now I am not a blush girl but I recently picked up Warm Soul by MAC and I have to admit it has slightly changed my mind. It is a muted, almost skin tone like blusher and it is a mineralise formula which means sheer but buildable and it's got a glow to it already. I think this blush is really natural and pretty since it adds slight colour to the face and gives a nice sheen to the skin. One blusher I love from the drugstore is from Milani and the shade Luminoso. This blush is more of a coral colour but it still gives you that nice sheen so I would highly recommend!

Where to find & Price
MAC Warm Soul - for £23.00
Milani Luminoso - for £10.00

Highlight - liquid/cream
Right so the ultra fun part! I love highlighters I literally think they are my most favourite makeup product to buy and I am madly obsessed over looking lit from within. I recommend you to try out a liquid (such as Cover Fx Custom Enchancer Drops) or cream (such as Maybelline Master Strobing Stick) highlighter first on your face to almost act as a 'primer' before your powder highlight. Using these on their own is going to give you a very natural glow but adding powder on top just makes it intense. I love to use my fingers, sponge or a small stipple brush for application and I place it everywhere I want to highlight (Cheekbones, nose, cupids bow, chin and just above my eyebrows).

Where to find & Price
Cover Fx Custom Enchancer Drops - for £34.00
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick - for £6.99

Highlighter powder
There are so many different highlighters out on the market at the moment but my absolute favourite is Opal by Becca. I absolutely love the shade and I think it could suit a variety of different skin tones. Opal is also pretty intense but not overly glitterly and the formula is smooth. Becca also does a bunch of different shades so there will be something for every skin tone. I also love the Sleek Solstice Palette which includes 3 intense powders and a cream highlighter. I will apply my powder highlight to the same places that I did the liquid or cream (Cheekbones, nose, cupids bow, chin and just above my eyebrows).

Where to find & Price
Becca Opal - for £32.00
Sleek Solstice Palette - for £9.99

Setting spray/Facial Mist
Using a setting spray or facial mist is a great way to get moisture on to the skin (or to give the appearance). I love using MAC Fix + which just takes away any cakey looking powder and helps everything blend into the skin. A cheaper alternative is the Evian Facial Spray - I know this one is just basically water so feel free to even make your own! Just anything that will make the skin look hydrated. If you have oily skin you could use a setting spray that is going to set your makeup such as the Urban Decay All Nighter. I use a facial spray/mist after I have totally finished applying my makeup.

Where to find & Price
MAC Fix + - for £18.00
Evian Facial Spray - for £3.99
Urban Decay All Nighter - for £23.50

Thanks for taking the time to read;
- AmberBentleyy xo

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