How to Get Glowing Skin




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Having a beautiful glow can make your skin look healthy and radiant. It brightens the appearance of anyone who wears it! Having glowing skin looks especially gorgeous in the summer time, when you've got a bit of a tan and dewy skin is a must.

Read on to achieve a ravishing glowy look in minutes!

Step 1: Things You'll Need:

-a BB cream or tinted moisturizer
-liquid illuminator OR powder illuminator (both is great as well)
-pressed/loose powder
-assorted neutral eyeshadows
-eyeliner of any formula (preferably black, brown, or charcoal)
-eyelash curler (optional)
-anything you normally use to fill in your brows
-a pinky nude lip gloss/lipstick
-a lip balm

Step 2: Starting Fresh

Begin with a freshly washed and squeaky clean face. Keeping your face clean is a great way to let your natural glow shine through!

Apply a lip balm now so it has time to soak in before we apply the lipgloss/lipstick.

(Tangerine medicated lip balm by eos)

Step 3: Prepping Your Skin

Put a thin layer of BB Cream or tinted moisturizer all over your face to create a smooth surface for you makeup to adhere to. You can also use a foundation primer, but using something tinted provides a little extra coverage.

(Olay CC Cream)

Step 4: Covering Up

Place a dot of concealer on all blemishes and discolorations you may have. Then, put several dots under each eye and on each eyelid. Using your ring finger, blend the concealer under your eyes using dabbing motions. Set it with powder quickly afterwards so it doesn't crease. Then, blend the concealer on your face using the same method. Do not set your facial concealer with powder yet.

(Revlon Colorstay blemish concealer)

Step 5: Evening Out

There are a few different ways you can apply your foundation for this look:

For a fuller coverage affect, apply your foundation all over your face and blend it out very well. There should be no streaks from brushes, as you want your face to look very airbrushed. I recommend using a Beauty Blender sponge or any other sort of makeup sponge.

For a sheer affect, dot your foundation on the areas you need it most. For example, if you have redness around your nose and cheeks, dot foundation there. Then, blend it out to other areas of your face.

For a natural affect, blend your foundation and BB Cream/tinted moisturizer on the back of your hand. Apply as you normally would. (This is the one I'll be doing in the pictures.)

*DO NOT set your foundation with any sort of powder if you plan to use a liquid illuminator. If you plan to use a powder illuminator, go ahead and apply your setting powder.*

(L'Oreal TrueMatch Foundation and Covergirl CG Smoothers BB cream)

Step 6: Highlighting

Time to illuminate! This is the key step to achieving your glow.

If you're using liquid illuminator: place a dollop of the illuminator on your ring finger, and dot it along the highest point of your cheekbones, starting just below your eye and curving up to stop at the outer corner. Use your ring finger to gently blend it out, using dabbing motions.

If you're using powder illuminator: find a nice fluffy brush and sweep the illuminator along the same area as described before. Use as much as you like to achieve your desired amount of shine.

If you're using both (this will give you the healthiest and most believably glow): follow the instructions for liquid illuminator and set it with the powder. I will be doing this one in the photos.

Next, use a tiny bit of the illuminator to highlight your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes.

If you want, you can do the same along the bridge of your nose and along the center of your forehead. Just don't use too much there, it might look a little overkill.

After you're finished highlighting, set your foundation now if you've used liquid illuminator. Don't powder over your highlighter or it will lose it's glow.

(ELF Baked highlighter in Moonlit Pearls; NYX liquid illuminator in Sunbeam; Mary Kay sheer pressed mineral powder)

Step 7: A Little More Sparkle

Add a bit of light shimmery eyeshadow to your lid. If you have blue eyes, try gold or light pink. If you have green eyes, try gold or lilac. If you have brown eyes, try gold or champagne. However, rose gold is beautiful and flattering on all eye colors and skin tones.

I recommend using your finger, because it's the easiest way to pack the pigment on. If you'd rather use a brush, use a flat synthetic one. Spread the color all over your lid and even slightly up into your crease.

(Urban Decay Naked3 palette in Dust)

Step 8: Defining the Eyes

Using a fluffy brush, blend a deeper color into your crease. If shouldn't be too dark; only a few shades darker than your skin tone.

Begin at the outer corner and bring the color inwards.

(Urban Decay Naked3 palette in Nooner)

Step 9: Filling In

Your eyebrows should look natural and soft for this look. I recommend using a powder or a pencil that is about a shade lighter than your natural eyebrow color.

*These instructions are purely for tutorial's sake. Feel free to fill in your eyebrows however you feel comfortable with.*

If you want to use a powder, put a bit on an angled brush and fill in the outer portion of your brows. Use whatever is left to fill in the inner portion.

If you want to use a pencil, use light feathery strokes. Don't overdraw your brows. Leave them looking natural.

I like to use a brow gel to lock them in place, but it's totally up to you!

(Covergirl Eye&Brow Makers in brunette and ELF eyebrow treat and tame in Dark)

Step 10: Lining

Apply a very thin line of eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. Pencil or kohl liner will give you the most natural look, but using liquid or gel will give you the thinnest and most precise line. Whichever you prefer! Consider using black, charcoal, or brown colored liner.

(Jordana Bold Fabuliner felt tip eyeliner in black)

Step 11: Lusher Lashes

Pair this look with quite a bit of mascara. I always like to use black because it makes the eyes pop, but whatever color you wish to use is fine. Use a couple coats, but avoid spider lashes.

If you have an eyelash curler, you should definitely use it for this look. Anything to make your lashes pop!

(Maybelline One by One Volum' express in black)

Step 12: Perfect Your Pout

To keep with the fresh and natural look, keep your lip color neutral if you choose to wear any. I'm using a gorgeous pink gloss.

(ELF X-tra lipgloss in Brian)

Step 13: Finished !

And you're done! Enjoy your beautiful summer makeup.

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    33 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful girl. The male chauvinist pig that I am, I wish every girl did this. Being a guy, I just take a shower, put my clothing on and walk out of the house. Most men would never spend that much time looking at themselves in the mirror. Nice instructable for letting the other half know how much work a girl puts in to make herself beautiful.

    2 replies

    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for such clear instructions! I love how you make yourself look put together and natural with the glow. I will be practicing...

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Welp, I think I could even make my skin glow with these instructions, and the last time I wore makeup was for a stage production in college. Thanks for sharing such a detailed project!

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    Bettina Ra

    2 years ago

    For make skin glowing try to use dermalmd glowing serum and I really love the the dermalmd brand. I've used a few of their other products and dermalmd one is also a winner. It goes on smoothly and doesn't irritate my skin. I wouldn't say I notice a big change in my skin, but I do think my skin feels more smooth and supple and make my face glowing.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    You look Awesome, I love girls who take care of themself, I also fell in love you are so nice.


    4 years ago

    Can I ask, do you use any serums or anything on your lashes? Your lower lashes are nearly as long as your upper ones! I've got about 3 short stubby lower lashes which just look ridiculous with mascara on (my upper lashes are fine, long and thick) any lash growth secrets would be really appreciated! Beautiful tutorial by the way, very easy to follow :)

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    Reply 4 years ago

    I actually don't use any "serums," but every other day before I go to bed, I take a clean mascara wand, dip it in Vaseline, and coat my eyebrows and eyelashes with it. It makes the hairs on my eyebrows softer and easier to maintain. They lay flatter in a way and aren't as scraggly :D It also makes my lashes a lot softer and helps them grow and look a little more even.

    If you're having trouble with your bottom lashes, try and get your hands on a clear mascara. E.l.f. and Maybelline make a few nice ones. Apply the clear mascara before your apply your regular mascara. This should add a little more length and thickness :)


    Reply 4 years ago

    I do the same with castor oil, as it really helps fill in any sparse areas of my brows. I'm not sure it has much effect on my lashes, though as I say, my uppers are long & thick.
    Great tip about the clear mascara! I have a couple anyway, so will definitely be giving that a go. Trying to put two or more coats of coloured mascara on my pathetic lower lashes just leads to two ugly black clumps (even if I try & separate them with a metal lash comb!) but building them up a little with the clear first, makes a lot of sense!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply, and for your fantastic tip, can't wait to give it a go!

    Lisa >^.^<


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I just love what you did! I would like give it a try :D I just have one question though, 'Did you use anything on your cheeks?'

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    If you're asking about blush, I didn't use any :D but on my cheekbones I used NYX Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam and ELF Baked Highlighter in Moonlit Pearls.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    i actually like this ~ible. i really like it that you used good.