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The Glowy Skin Trick

The Glowy Skin Trick

How to Trick People Into Thinking You Have Super Glowy Skin


I think the number one question I get is, "what foundation do you use?" And while I love to answer, I think it's more about how I apply it than which one I use. So right here, right now, I'm giving you my glowy skin secrets.

Now these work for every day, but I'm mostly talking about those days when your skin is looking quite dull (most days to be honest). On those days, these are the products that I use to trick people into thinking that my skin is dewy, healthy, glowy, perfect when it's actually far from it.

STEP ONE // Shave your face (seriously)

This is my top tip. Don't believe me? Fine. Go do it right now and tell me that your foundation doesn't go on the smoothest it ever has. And nothing about "oh your hair will grow back thick and dark." One that's literally not possible, two I've been doing this for ten years and I'm fine. Also Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Kate Somerville did/do it so your argument is invalid ya hear!


Anywho, shaving your face leaves it unbelievably smooth, and allows your foundation to sit on the skin and not cling to hairs makes it look smoother to those who aren't touching your face (most people hopefully). 

I think it's the poor girl's microblading, but if you wanna go get the real thing done go for it!

I've been using the Billie razor lately and it's incredible.

STEP TWO // Hydrate

Your (my) poor, dull skin definitely needs a lil (a lot of) hydration. But my trick here is to mix a shimmery primer into a moisturizer. Best of both worlds. My favourite combo is the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base + Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow. Talk about glow, hydrated skin. We're already fooling people!

other product recs: Clinique Pep Start Hydro Rush, Soap & Glory Hocus Focus, Cover Fx Illuminating Primer


Please please please please please do not cover up your skin with a full coverage foundation. I'm all for it, but if your skin is super dull I feel like it just drags it even further down. If you use a lighter coverage, glowy product to even out the skin and then spot conceal it makes it look like your skin is perfect on its own. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder and MAC Face and Body Foundations for this. Both are fairly runny and light to medium coverage. They go on the skin super smoothly and conceal my redness and uneven tone while still letting my skin show through (do not cover up them freckles, more on that later).

other product recs: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, Glossier Skin Tint

STEP FOUR // Conceal

Spot concealing is the greatest, it allows your skin to look super fresh but you can still use a really full coverage concealer to properly erase blemishes. I just load a tiny little brush up and apply to anything I want covered, then blend in with my fingers, making sure the edges are seamless. My favourite for this is the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. It's matte enough to last all day, but also creamy meaning it really melts into the skin (and it's super full coverage).

For the under eyes I tend to go with a super bright concealer. Lately I've been reaching for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly a lot. Considering I'm as pale as a sheet of paper, this is one of the only concealers out there that's actually a few shades lighter than my skin. Win! A bright under eye brings some dimension to your face and also makes it look like you get a full night's sleep every single night (yeah right). The NARS is great because it's super full coverage but has a lovely satiny finish. I only use three or four dots of this under each eye but it brings so much light to the face.

other product recs: Glossier Stretch Concealer, MAC Prep + Prime Illuminating Highlight


STEP FIVE // Blush & Bronze

Okay, now we gotta bring some colour back into the face. Bronzer is mega important here, it makes you look like you just got back from a tropical vacation so your skin must be glowy. Apply it alllllmost on the tops of the cheekbones, right where they start to get round and then blend it downwards. When my skin is really dull I try not to place anything in my hollow contours to keep my skin looking full and plump. My absolute fave as you all know is the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow. Please Charlotte, I beg you, make this bronzer on its own. This stuff is magic and that is all I will say. Search this blog if you want to hear me rave.

other product recs: Lilah B Bronzed Beauty, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

Blush. So much I could say about blush. This has quickly become one of my favourite makeup products and is the way to breathe life into your skin. And for really glowy skin it's gotta be a cream formula. There is literally no dull-skin day that a pop of creamy blush can't fix. I'm partial to more 'watercolour' formulas that still let the skin show through. Obviously my all time fave are the Glossier Cloud Paints because they're just perfection.

other product recs: Stila Aqua Glow Watercolour Blush, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush


STEP SIX // Highlight (obviously)

Now for the GLOW. Again, cream formulas are a must. Put down that fan brush and metallic powder and pick up a more emollient, glossy shine. A cream gives a sheen that makes the skin look like it's naturally glowing.

I have lots of faves here. For a super natural glow, go for the NOTO Botanics Hydra Highlight or Lilah B. Divine Duo in b.dazzling. If you want to amp it up and have a proper shine pick the Glossier Haloscopes or MAC Cream Colour Base (the best option if you have an oilier skin as they sort of set down).

other product recs: Burberry Fresh Glow Pen, Benefit Watt's Up, Tréstique Highlight Stick

STEP SEVEN // Freckles

This step is optional, if you have tons of freckles all you have to do is let them shine. If you don't have freckles, fake em! Just dot your brow pencil all over the top of your cheekbones, temples, and bridge of the nose (anywhere the sun would hit) and then pat them down with a finger to make it look more natural. Freckles make the skin look super young and fresh in my mind! Also makes it seem like you're not wearing any base products since they aren't covered up.

And there you have it.... a ten thousand step process to make other human beings think your skin is actually healthy as if they were paying attention in the first place!

x A


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