Regardless of the latest trends in make-up, I will always favour a dewy finish to my skin. A few years ago I decided to renounce all powder products. I stopped powdering after concealing, and with the exception of eyeshadow would not let anything other than a cream or liquid within 5 metres of my face. Over time, however, I have reluctantly reintroduced a setting powder. Glowing skin is still my goal though, and there are several products that I consistently reach for to give me more glow than a sweaty, oiled-up mackerel.
Call me boring, but I have blogged about several of these products before, there are a couple of newbies too, though.
Firstly, after moisturising, I will slather plenty of MAC Strobe Cream. This thick pearly white luminiser is super moisturising, and leaves a pretty sheen to the skin. An alternative to the Strobe Cream is the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Primer, which gives a similar effect, but is much thinner in consistency. Next up is my favourite BB cream of all time; Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, I have been using this since last spring, and my love for it is still going strong. It offers the perfect amount of coverage for a normal day, as well as being hydrating. Next up I use the Stila Perfecting Concealer. Apparently I was a panda in another life, and my dark circles seem to get darker by the day. I also have the driest undereyes EVER, and struggle with concealers caking and looking generally disgusting. This Stila concealer is one of the better ones I’ve tried, and is high coverage, without being drying.
I will skip a setting powder, but will sweep a generous amount of the Revlon Highlighting Palette. This rose coloured powder has a hint of shimmer, and gives a healthy glow without being glittery. The pinks in this little palette are also perfect for a bit of subtle colour on the eyelids, when I don’t want to go full-on smoky.
I have a few cream/liquid blushers, but my favourites are this H&M Cream Blusher, and the Bourjois Aqua Blush. I almost prefer cream blushers over powder blushers, and when I’m going for a glowing finish, then I will usually reach for one of these lovely pinky creams.
To really get that glow going, my first choice of highlighter is – of course – the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey. When I finally got my hands on this highlighter I was beyond excited. My feelings haven’t waned, and if I could only keep one highlighter from my collection Gilded Honey would be the one.
As if all that glow wasn’t enough, I will finish with the Pixi Glow Mist. This spray looks pretty unappealing – it’s quite oily – but to give a dewy finish it really can’t be beaten. For me it’s an essential step, except for on the hottest summer day, when it can be a little too much – even for my parched skin.
After all that, my skin will be left looking luminous, dewy and healthy. Despite the number of products used, it is actually a fairly quick process too, and I can slap all that on and be ready to go in ten minutes. Assuming I have somewhere to go that is….