Friday, 5 August 2016

Four Ways to Get Your Glow On

It feels like the makeup game is all about glow right now with highlighters being touted left, right and centre but there are in fact more ways than one to a glowy complexion. I tend to make sure that my makeup as at least on element of glow to it, so I've road-tested a fair few things! In light of that, I thought that I'd round up four of my favourite ways to get a glow!

1. Skip the Powder

It really is as simple as that. Just skip the powder on the high points of your face and leave your foundation be after you apply it. The natural oils in your skin will give your cheekbones a bit of a glow anyway. On days where I either don't have time for an extra step in my makeup routine or I simply can't be bothered, I just leave the powder. If you're an oily skinned gal like me, make sure you have powder handy throughout the day to make sure things stay on the glowy and not on the greasy side!

2. Illuminating Primers

This is a way of adding radiance to your makeup, without necessarily piling on the highlighter on top of the finished base. The Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer is a great product for those that like their makeup to have a bit of a natural glow, but prefer something more natural than an actual sheeny highlight. This also glues your makeup to your face, so that's a definite bonus!

3. Mix Illuminators into Foundations

For those craving that "lit from within" glow, mixing a liquid or cream illuminator into your usual foundation can really give your base a radiance boost. I particularly like using MAC Strobe Cream for this as it's one of those products that's just pure sheen, without a hint of shimmer so you don't end up looking like a glitterball. Do however, use this with caution, as a little goes a long way!

4. Good Old Highlighters

Yes, this one is completely and unabashedly obvious. When it comes to getting a serious and often not-so-subtle glow, highlighters just do a fab job. The great thing about them is that the drugstore is now stocking more and more budget options that really give the high-end highlighters a run for their money! Some of my drugstore favourites include the Wet 'n Wild Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals and the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. A few of my pricier picks are Urban Decay's Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighting Powder in Aura and The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer. There are so many options out there, you just have to do a little research and a bit of swatching and see what works for you!

So there we have it, four ways to get a little glow back into your complexion! Although I absolutely love highlighter, sometimes I like just skipping powder for a more natural glow or using illuminating primers or creams under or with my foundation to switch things up a bit. What're some of your favourite products to get a glow? Happy Friday!

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  1. only powdering oily parts and leaving the high points is a great idea!!
    Kathy x

  2. Why it never crossed my mind before to only powder the oily area?? I'm blown, thanks for this genius tips! Or, powder that gives nice glow from within like Hourglass ;)

    Selene Addicted

  3. I never wear powder, purely because I love a glow! MAC strobe cream sounds great too!

  4. I really need to get an illuminating primer! Great post x


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