With SUMMER coming to a close & Fall just around the corner, your makeup routine might be changing, but don’t think that you have to relinquish that summer #glow that you spent all summer perfecting.
EXFOLIATE. First things first, in order to have healthy “looking skin” you must have healthy skin. Be sure that you are exfoliating regularly, at least 4-5 times per week. Exfoliating eliminates dry/flaky skin & cleans deep down into your pores to remove excess dirt & oils (which cause acne breakouts) that you don’t reach when hand washing. I like to use my Clarisonic to get a deep clean, especially after I remove my makeup.
MOISTURIZE. Next, make sure that you are moisturizing DAILY (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream). You may use other products like serums & eye creams before your moisturizer but at minimum, you need to moisturize (even if you struggle with oily skin). Be sure to find a moisturizer that is going to work with your skin type. Gently massage & press your moisturizer into the skin & don’t forget your neck. Moisturizing leaves the skin hydrated & supple, this will help promote that natural glow.
ILLUMINATE & COVER. You are now ready for your foundation (Urban Decay’s Naked Skin #8.0). Choose a foundation that will set to a natural finish & preferably one that is medium coverage (I will explain why medium in just a min) . Try to stay away from foundations that dry to a matte finish, a foundation that is matte will eliminate the dewiness that we are aiming for. When I want a healthy natural glow but I still want coverage, I like to use an illuminator (MAC’s Strobe Liquid) that is thin in texture & I mix it right into the foundation. You could apply this directly to the skin after your moisturizer, but mixing will give the appearance that your glow is coming from within & not like you added it. Now, back to why I said a medium coverage foundation. When you mix your illumniator into the foundation it will immediately sheer down the foundation. If you were to use a foundation that was sheer in coverage, when you add your illuminator to the foundation & apply it to the skin there will be a minimum amount of coverage. If that is the look that you are going for then you are right on track, but I like to have just a little coverage when wearing foundation.
HIGHLIGHT. Now that you have gone through & taken care of the skin, don’t forget to brighten underneath those eyes (YSL’s Touche ‘Eclat Radiant Touch in #4). Brightening the under eye area will give you the appearance that you are well rested & make your eyes appear as though they have been lifted. Don’t be afraid to take you under eye highlighter & pull it to the upper plains of the cheek bones. This will lift the cheek bone & help it to stand out. Make sure that your under eye highlighter is not to light. Remember, you are going for a “natural” glow & sometimes if your under eye highlight is to light it can appear unrealistic.
POWDER. Finish off your foundation & under eye highlight with a loose sheer powder. Gently press the powder into the skin & under the eye. Be sure not to use heavy powders or full coverage powders. You want you skin to be the focus!
BRONZE. Lastly, find a bronzer that matches your skin tone (MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Give Me Sun). If you have fair skin use a sheer rose/peach color bronzer. For ladies with olive skin tones try using sheer copper/earth tone colors. Ladies with deeper skin, use colors that are warm & rich, with subtle shimmer. When applying your bronzer, be sure to apply to the perimeter of the face (top & sides of the forehead, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline & neck) & not all over. Adding the bronzer to the perimeter of the face will create that beautiful sun-kissed glow.
Although summer is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that your makeup can’t look like you are still living in the middle of June!
NOTE: *ALL PRODUCTS LISTED ARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MY SKIN TONE & TYPE. PLEASE ADJUST PRODUCTS TO YOUR SKIN TONE & TYPE*