Monday, March 07, 2016

Five Steps to Glowing, Luminous Skin

  

Glowing, luminous skin is always flattering because it mimics healthy, radiant, real skin. Unless you're intentionally going for an all-matte look (for a photoshoot or otherwise), skin should never be one note; just like everything else, the face has both high and low points which reflect light or cast natural shadows, and your everyday makeup should work to enhance those areas. Aside from eating a nutrient-rich diet, drinking lots of water, and getting your beauty sleep in, here are five things you can do to boost that inner glow:

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Before applying your makeup, make sure to moisturize your face. Even if you have oily skin, hydrating your skin is extremely important. In fact, skipping the moisturizer can hurt more than it helps, because you'll send signals to your skin to increase oil production to compensate for the lack of hydration, which can in turn clog the pores and lead to acne. Not only will moisturizing allow for smoother makeup application, but it'll instantly make the skin appear more youthful and supple.

2. Mix a beauty oil in with your foundation

Although I like a dewy finish to my foundation, I also like full coverage. The good news: you don’t have to sacrifice one or the other! One great trick for glowing skin is to mix beauty oil in with your full-coverage cream or liquid foundation. The oil will restore any dry skin patches your moisturizer might have missed, and it’ll also make the foundation easier to apply and blend into the skin. Examples of beauty oils include grapeseed oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and moringa oil. I personally use Limelight by Alcone’s Must Dew, a natural blend of palmarose & sunflower oils.

3. Use a damp beauty sponge to apply 

The tools you use to apply your makeup are just as important as the actual makeup, if not more. For the best glowy results, I recommend using a damp beauty sponge to apply foundation. Not only will the damp sponge give you some extra moisture (you want all that you can get) , but it’ll pick up any excess product and allow you to really push the foundation into the skin, so it doesn’t look like makeup is just sitting on top of your face.

4. Highlight the high points of the face

By this I don’t mean go douse yourself in that shimmery, sparkly highlighter. In fact, if you have mature skin, you should avoid shimmer and sparkle as it’ll accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Highlighting simply means lightening areas of the face to bring them forward, and it can be done with a powder, cream, or liquid. Start by picking a color one or two shades lighter than your skin, but be careful to stay within your tone (i.e. cool, neutral, or warm) and apply in areas where the sunlight naturally hits – above the brow bone, the actual brow bone, tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and the cupid’s bow.

5. Finish with a setting spray

A setting spray will help emulsify any powders you apply on top of liquid or cream makeup. This will keep your skin from looking dry and powdery and help your makeup look more like second-skin.

What are some of your tips for getting glowy skin? Please share in the comments!

xo – Sc
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