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On Trend: Glowing Skin

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
I used these products to create my own glowy makeup look.
Going into spring, the entire northern hemisphere is buzzing about glowing, dewy skin. It isn't really a new concept but it is definitely more on trend as we move away from matte finishes to something a little brighter and healthier looking. Just because we are on our way to Autumn though, doesn't mean we have to wait half a year to break this trend out. Glowy skin can still look amazing with deeper autumnal lips and eyes. I have always preferred a dewy finish so I thought it was time to chat about the perks of this trend and exactly how to achieve it.

So first of all, what do they really mean by glowy skin? I think of it as a bit of a wet look highlighter that extends over the whole face. It is very different from a makeup look where the skin is matte but there is a strobe on the cheek bones.
These photos of Hayden Panettiere and Kendall Jenner are prime examples of matte skin with powder highlighter and while it is a lovely look, it isn't really what this new glowing skin trend is about. It also tends to look a little more done and night appropriate.

Glowing skin on the other hand really glows all over the face, walking that fine line between dewy and shiny. It also tends to look like a more "wet" highlighter. When I think of glowing skin, I just always think of Alicia Vikander.
See how here whole face glows? It's not just her cheekbones but every single high point of her face where her skin catches the light. I know it is really weird, but as a was watching this interview with her she became my ultimate skin goals. If we are being honest, she might just be my everything goals.
Of course, Alicia Vikander isn't the only one that nails the glowing skin look so here are some other examples.

How to Achieve The Look...
There are three simple steps to achieving this natural glowy look...
  • drink tons of water and moisturise your skin well and often - healthy skin is glowy skin
  • step away from the mattifying powders and foundation formulas
  • go for invisible coverage dewy foundations and liquid luminsers
You really want to use a lighter to medium coverage foundation for this look so you still let your natural skin shine through which will make it look like the glow is coming from your skin. My recommendations for foundations would be something like the Lancome Teint Miracle, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, L'Oreal True Match or Bourjois Healthy Mix. As long as it isn't mattifying or heavy coverage though, whichever foundation you are currently working should work. 

To really up the glow factor though, the best thing you can use is a liquid luminiser mixed with your foundation. I usually mix about two parts foundation to one part liquid luminiser depending on how much glow I am looking for and how dewy the foundation formula is. My holy grail product for achieving this look would have to be Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Moonstone ($66) which also comes in 4 other shades to find the perfect skin tone match. I do understand that it is expensive though so there are definitely other options out there. Some great ones are the MAC Strobe Cream ($15) or Lustre Drops ($40),  Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser ($38), Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer ($26), L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer ($29.95), Australis High Lights Mineral Face Highlighter ($15.95) or Face Of Australia Mineral Therapy Face and Body Illuminator $14.95. Basically, any liquid highlighter that has a really fine shimmer and matches the undertones of your skin is going to get the job done. 

Once you have mixed your foundation, apply it in whatever technique you prefer to get a light, even coverage. I personally prefer a stippling or buffing brush (or sometimes I do a mixture of both). Once you have a nice even glowy coverage you can even tap some more liquid highlighter along your cheek bones and cupids bow to really amp things up. Finally, because you are using cream products, you will need to powder to set but you should only use the tiniest bit of transluscent powder.

Some other little tips and tricks:
  • try to use as many cream and liquid formulas as you can for the whole look. If you pair your glowy base with a cream/liquid blush, bronzer and eyeshadow the whole look will stay as fresh and luminous as possible
  • use a setting spray to really make sure that the powder you use to set is settled down and invisible
  • keep your whole look fairly simple. If you build up lots of product layers it is going to take your look from fresh and glowy to very "done up"
I particularly love glowy makeup because it makes sure that my extremely pale skin still looks really healthy instead of drained and washed out. I hope you find this useful and that it helps you create your own beautiful, glowing makeup look. 

Stay Rosy.
5 comments on "On Trend: Glowing Skin"
  1. Great post and tips. I have been loving the glowing skin trend and even though I am an oily gal I still try to rock a bit of glow without looking like a complete grease ball haha

    Nicole xx |

  2. Gotta love the GLOW! I'm not sure I will ever go back to the matte look... even though I always preferred dewy looks and now GLOW is my go to!

    Great post Emma! <3


    1. Thanks Tahana! I have always preferred dewy too. Gotta love that healthy glow :)


  3. I love super dewy glowy skin on others but I always just feel like an oil slick >_< Maybe I will give it another go soon!

    Kate |

    1. Maybe try a mattifying primer underneath to keep the oil at bay? It can be really tricky if you are oily. At the same time though, matte finished tend to look really dry and flaky on my dry skin so I guess we all have our crosses to bear.



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