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)
-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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