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Not a shade for people who love their matte foundations, concealers, and lipsticks, but a glowing makeup aesthetic will never be my vibe. In fact, really glowing skin has become my thing, and over the years my bedroom and bathroom have grown to science laboratory status – every inch is adorned with pans of sparkling highlighters, dew-proof face potions, and every other kind of lighting for beauty items Aisles from your local beauty retailer. Of course, there has been a lot of trial and error, and since I am naturally prone to breakouts and have combination / oily skin, I had to assert myself and say no to many products that were overdone. Top shiny or flat caused an explosion of pimples on my face (sad but true story).
However, it's only been the last year or so that I feel like I've really refined the ultimate Glowy Skin range, and while I always feel a little weird about sharing my personal routine (I'm an editor, not an influencer, after all!), I got so many DMs and questions that require a playful portrayal of my glowing skin and make-up routine. So here it is! From getting started, including an exfoliating cleanser and hyaluronic acid serum, to finishing touches including radiation-inducing blushes and eye shadow, I'll share every detail of my product list and application ritual below. Of course everyone has different skin types and color needs. Take my recommendations with a grain of salt and skip or add wherever you see fit. Keep scrolling! My favorite products for glowing skin and makeup are right in front of me.
I'm obsessed with getting my skin as clean as possible (without aggressively peeling it off) before I put my makeup on. Before I start with my normal cleaning agent, I like to do a quick swipe with this cleaning water from the Sephora Collection. I've tried virtually every micellar water on the market, but this one is especially good for anyone struggling with breakouts, clogged pores, or oiliness. (Hello, it's me!) It's Sephora approved and clean, and special additives like zinc and aloe vera soothe and keep imperfections at bay. Glad it's a bargain because I go through a bottle every month! Then I clean. I want my skin to be as smooth as possible – like a canvas – before using products like foundation and concealer. That's why I like to use something that has a combination of physical and chemical exfoliation. The fact that I've been using this flawless face wash from Renée Rouleau for almost four years is testament to how fabulous it is. It's gentle enough for everyday use, but it throws excess oil on the curb and helps clear any existing breakouts, in addition to any persistent redness or scarring. Fun fact: I'm not a big serum person, and I like tweaking my roster with just two staples – a high-quality hyaluronic acid serum and a safe vitamin C serum for oily skin. I'm obsessed with SkinCeutical's new Silymarin CF Serum ($ 166), but it's a bit sticky and I'm not a fan of pre-makeup. I think it's great that hyaluronic acid serums give my skin a plump, glass-like finish. That's why I use it instead. If you want to be pampered, I recommend Dr. Lara Devgan's Hyaluronic Serum ($ 245) – she's a renowned plastic surgeon and definitely knows what's going on in the glowing skin department – but I love this one from IS Clinical, too. It has a light, cooling effect, which is excellent against redness, and is absorbed very quickly and without residue or sticky. Here's the bad news: Bliss made the most epic SPF-spiked face lotion that was low key the most important step in my glowing skin prep routine, but like all the best beauty products in life, it has been discontinued. I went crazy and bought about 10 tubes when I found out it was going to be AWOL a few years ago, but now that I have my last one I was looking for a new favorite. I think Bliss is one of the best affordable brands out there, so I have my eye on this moisturizer that I think will produce results similar to my current favorite. Keeping your eyes hydrated is key to keeping every inch of your skin looking plump and glowing. (A crispy, flaky-looking area around the eyes is definitely not my jam!) I have two eye creams that I twist. The cheaper option is Belif's Moisturizing Eye Bomb ($ 48) – this material is possibly the best eye cream I've ever tried – and the more expensive option is Sisley Paris' Black Rose Eye Contour Serum ($ 158). The former is particularly good for moisture, while the latter smooths, lights and moisturizes everything at once. Since it really helps spread the look of dark circles, it's usually what I reach for when I haven't logged as much sleep as I should (that's 80% of my mornings, if I'm honest – whoops). Last step! Lips. Similar to the area around my eyes, I want to make sure my lips are moisturized first so that when I get to my lipstick application later in my routine, they have a smooth, glowing look. I can't stand sticky or overly shiny balms, and this Advanced Therapy option from Fresh is my all time favorite lip balm of all time. It keeps my lips free of nicks for 12 hours (no touch ups needed!) And has a smooth finish with a little bit of slippage, which makes it a great base coat for lip products that I want to apply later in my routine. I know a lot of people will think this is a super perk, but mixing two different foundations is my secret to creating an even, silky base. I avoid matte primers like the plague, but I also avoid anything that is too shiny or shiny. The reason for this is that when I start with something too glowing, it looks overly shiny and greasy after I've added my other important glowing products like blush and highlighters. So it's a silky, semi-matte finish for me when it comes to the foundation. Of course, it's perfectly fine to just go with a foundation with this type of finish, but trust me when I tell you you can get Too Faced's Oil-Free Born This Way Foundation ($ 40) with It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Combine foundation + skin care ($ 40). is the next level that is satisfactory in order to achieve an even, internally lit result. I accidentally came across the combo a few years ago when I was just trying to lighten my Too Faced Foundation (I had grabbed a shade that was too dark for my winter skin and was trying to mix it with the super light It Cosmetics CC + Cream mine Mum Dilute With SPF 50+ ($ 40) and I've loved the Too Faced x It Cosmetics combo ever since I'm sure I might as well find a formula but nothing has been compared so far, and when they do is not broken … Next comes concealer. Urban Decays Stay Naked Correcting Concealer and I have been happily married for a number of years and it's one of my all-time favorites. It's long-lasting, hardly wrinkles (I think it's next to impossible for a concealer not to wrinkle at all), and it has super high coverage so even the smallest bit can go a long way. That said, unlike other full coverage concealers, it still looks insanely natural and invisible once you've brushed it into your skin. I should point out that I enjoy working with a matte concealer because I apply it to the parts of my face that are most prone to oil – the wrinkled eye area, my chin, and my T-zone. If I use something super glowing it will look disastrous in two hours. Make sense? It might come as a surprise, but powder setting still ranks high in my glowing makeup routine. Nevertheless, I use it strategically and sparingly. I've used this cult classic from MAC Cosmetics for years, and while there are some newer formulas I like, too (like Kosa's Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Talk-Free Vegan Powder, $ 34) I keep coming back to it again and again . Unlike many setting powders, it has a low-silky, low-wattage finish that is very flattering. I use a small eyeshadow brush to lightly sprinkle it over my concealer application under my eyes, and then a large, fluffy powder brush to quickly cover my chin and T-zone. A light hand is the key! Again, my goal is moist, not oily, so a little bit of powder will help a sister when the witch's lesson (aka the afternoon greases) comes. Okay again, I'm sorry to be extra, but concealer wrinkles under the eyes are my absolute biggest pet trouble. To avoid them at all costs, I do double duty with my powder and apply this Laura Mercier under-eye lightening powder to the MAC formula, focusing on the wrinkled area where the product usually accumulates . Not only does it have a subtle illuminating effect on the area around my eyes (which further enhances my glow goals), but it also makes my concealer look freshly applied to my face hours and hours after it's applied. This stuff is gold and actually my favorite Laura Mercier product. (I loved it so many friends and family members!) I use a similar strategy with my bronzer as I use my concealer: keep it matte so the shimmery, fun things like highlighter, blush, and lip gloss can really shine. I've seen a lot with bronzers over the years. You name it, and I've tried, but IMO, nothing beats Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($ 32). There are a couple of different hues to choose from, and while the whole "cocoa smell" thing is a little youthful, the formula itself is too perfect for me to turn my nose up. Still with me Because blushing (and a glowing one at that!) Is the most important part of this whole story. Yes, highlighter comes second, but I really believe warming up your face with a believable sheen comes from a hint of highlights and some "I just walked around the block" color. But – there is a but here – there is a fine line between a subtle touch of charisma and a glitter and shimmer in panic on the disco level. The key is to find the perfect color of the former. There's nothing to be missed with Hourglass’s best-selling Ambient Lighting collection – every single color is stunning (I have three different hues!) And they go perfectly with the line between halo-like and full flash. It's almost like getting a highlighter, bronzer, and blush all at once! I like to take a blush brush and apply it to my cheekbones, up to my temples, chin, tip of my nose, creases around my eyes, and the tip of my forehead. It keeps everything coherent and, of course, looks like you've just spent a week on a yacht off the coast of France. (Radiant Magenta and Diffused Heat are my two favorite colors.) Just when you thought I was done with blushing psych! You may have noticed that I said I only apply the hourglass blush on my cheekbones and around my temple area. Lots of people like applying blush to the apples of their cheeks, but I've found that holding blush off this area actually creates an enhanced effect that I'm really looking forward to. That said, it can look a little weird if you don't have a color in the heart of your cheeks, so I'll go for a shimmery blush that's a little lighter than the hourglass I choose. Unfortunately, my favorite from Nars is a limited edition and no longer available, but By Terry has tons of stunning options that I keep in rotation as well. I dust it on my apples and lightly blend it up into the hourglass blush to make it look natural. After blushing, a mild highlighter is my next favorite secret weapon for creating a natural looking glow. And honestly, nothing can beat this new stick from Merit. It melts in your skin, doesn't clog your pores, is made from clean ingredients, and so easy to use. I don't like applying it directly on my face. Instead, I stick my fingertip into the balm, then tap the areas of my face where I want the light to fall – the tips of my cheekbones and temples, my browbone, my cupid's bow, and a little bit down the bridge of my nose. I never used to wear eyeshadow, but now I like to wear the glow from my cheeks to my lids so I just add a shimmer or two. I stick to neutral colors that match my skin tone (light pinks, nudes, champagne, etc.), focus on the inner part of the lid, then tap the excess outside and up. Kaja's adorable little trios are my go-to stop, but I also love the Pat McGrath Labs Blitz Astral Quad in Iconic Illumination ($ 65) and everything from Róen Beauty, especially the 75 Warm Palette ($ 42). Besides Kaja, another affordable option would be Jones Road Just a Sec ($ 26) Shadow. I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to my brows. I stick to a pencil to fill in sparse areas and add shape or definition where I need them, but then I use a gloss and growth-enhancing brow gel (like this new one from Kosas) to set everything in place. Rarely will I touch a matte lipstick. I respect those who wear matte lipsticks and can peel them off, but my constantly dry, nick-prone lips just can't stand it. For me, it's moisturizing, pigment-rich lipsticks, and Kosas just gets it right. If I could only wear one brand of lipstick for the rest of my life it would be Kosas! They are incredibly nutritious and full of amazing skin care grade ingredients like mango seed butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, rose hip oil, and jojoba oil. The colors are 10/10. It took me years to find my perfect nude shade and I finally found it (thank goodness) in Vegas. It gives my lips a soft pop of color and a touch of soft glow. All right, lip liner has absolutely nothing to do with the "glowing" part of my makeup routine, but it doesn't feel right to talk about my lipstick without talking about my lip liner, you know? Nothing will ever surpass Charlotte Tilbury's iconic lipstick in my book. Pillow Talk is the perfect shade for my natural lip color. When I lightly pull on my upper lip (and only outline my lower lip), I get a nice little dose of fullness that still looks natural. While I'm quite diligent in choosing products that won't turn my complexion into a greasy puddle, I like to top it off with a few spritzes of setting spray. Hands down, this classic bottle from Urban Decay is the absolute best for keeping that glowing makeup in the lock all day (or night). Excessive shine is expertly kept in check, but the formula won't spoil your luminous finish. Next up: 43 new beauty products that really got us excited last month