Step One: Moisturizer
Make sure to moisturize! Moisturized skin is the base for any even, glowing makeup look. After you do your normal skincare routine, make sure to moisturize and let it settle in. Side note, make sure not to pull your skin when moisturizing, rub or pat it in gently with an up and outward motion.
My favorite moisturizers: PCA Skincare Silk Coat Moistuzier, Clinique Dramatically Different Gel, Tatcha Water Cream.
Step Two: Primer
PRIMER. People sleep on primer and it’s an absolute sin!! Primer is like the base coat of your nail polish, the heat protectant spray before blowdrying, it makes a huge difference. Apply your primer in the same manner you applied your moisturizer, up and outward. Let it settle in and get a bit tacky before you start the next step. Primer fills in your pores and gives you a smooth, even base to start with.
My favorite primers: ELF Luminous Putty Primer, Hourglass Veil Primer, Milk Hydrogrip Primer
Step Three: Foundation & Concealer
Foundation & Concealer. Y’all know what to do. Take a brush or a damp (don’t you dare use a dry blender) beauty blender and apply an even coat, including your neck and ears. When you’ve covered all areas, make sure to go over and pat in your foundation with your blender. Really get it in there and blend it in with your skin. Apply concealer under eyes and any problem areas (redness, zits, etc..) and do the same blending technique. I like to use an undereye concealer a shade or two lighter than my foundation to really give me some brightness, and on my problem areas, I use one similar to my foundation.
My favorite foundations/concealers: Dior Forever Foundation + NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer
Step Four: Powder
Powder. Some people think they cant use powder on their face and still have a glowy look – well those people are w r o n g. When you use it correctly it won’t look matte or cakey. What I like to do is get a translucent powder and with my damp beauty blender, pat under my eyes. This will fill in any lines or creases (we’re all human and all have lines under our eyes!!) and keep your under-eye concealer in place. For any pesky zits that keep pocking out, dip the tip of your blender in powder and apply a bit to the area, leaving on for a few minutes before brushing it away.
I also like to apply a luminous, glowy powder all over with a fluffy brush. I think this is a key step in getting that glow. I’ve recently been obsessed with the Jaclyn Cosmetics Mood Light Luminous Powder, which I dust over my cheeks, forehead, and chin. This gives me a subtle, shimmery glow (if you don’t like a little sparkle this may not be for you but I promise its very subtle!)
My favorite face powders: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, Coty Airspun Powder, Jaclyn Cosmetics Mood Light Luminous Powder.
Step Five: Spray
After you finish the rest of your makeup, as in contour, blush, and highlighter (highlighter is another key step in having that GLOW baby), you need to set your skin. Think of this as the top coat of your nail polish, you wouldn’t leave the salon without, so don’t leave your house without setting spray. Get your spray, hold it about 8 inches from your face and start spraying, completely saturating your face. This locks in your makeup so you’re free to have an amazing night without worrying about your making wearing off!
My favorite setting sprays: Urban Decay All Night Longer or Morphe Continous Setting Spray
If you follow these steps, you will have an amazing makeup base/flawless finished product. Feel free to dress it up with an eyeshadow look, or go with just mascara for a natural, glowy finish. Do you baby boo – you’ll look amazing as long as you FEEL amazing!!