BOOST YOUR BRILLIANCE
Use these easy makeup moves to help enhance your natural glow factor.
1 Think Prime Time
Primer helps give your makeup longevity (so you don’t have to stress about creasing or fading all day), but using one that’s iridescent or has a subtle shimmer gets you one step closer to that gorgeous glow. A word of warning: Skip primers with chunky glitter particles. The goal is to glow, not look like a disco ball. No time for primer? Go for a foundation that is spiked with sophisticated shimmer.
2 Play with Powder
The key to looking healthy—not greasy—is applying powder strategically. “Only apply it to your T-zone, where you would normally get a bit shiny,” says Daniel Martin, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. NYC-based makeup artist Moani Lee agrees, adding, “Look for a formula that will leave you with a soft, skinlike finish. You want something that cuts shine, blurs the appearance of pores, sets makeup—but doesn’t look cakey.”
3 Make It Monochrome
Another element that can help warm up your entire face: bronze-toned makeup all over. Lee recommends using a bronzer that can double as an eye shadow to save time. “Look for a cool bronze,” she advises; one that’s too orange will appear unnatural. With a big powder brush, dust the bronzer in a “3” motion along your forehead, under your cheekbones, and along your jawline. Then, switch to a smaller shadow brush, and buff the color onto your lid. Finish with a swipe of bronze lipstick.
4 Light Up
Certain areas can get away with more of a catch-the-light look. You just want to be careful with what you use and how much you apply. The goal is to achieve a natural “I just left the spa” glow. Martin says that’s easily achievable with a gel or balm highlighter. Use your fingers and tap a sheer formula in a backward C along your orbital bone. A liquid formula can be applied more sheerly— making it great for daytime. At night, you can amp it up using a powder highlighter formula for more of an impact.
For a high-shine finish, double up: Apply cream highlighter, then top it off with a powder formula.