Wednesday 10 August 2016

Adding Glow Without a Highlighter

A beautiful glow is achievable without 4 layers of cream and powder highlights like Youtubers would have you believe! Instead of frosty metallic sheens, these products will give you a ‘glow from within’.

Starting with a primer, opt for something with a sheen like Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector. I first discovered this in Anna and Lily’s Cult Beauty Box, and loved it ever since. As I have oily skin I don’t apply this all over, I just apply on the cheeks and use my normal mattifying primer on my T-zone.

You can opt for a glowy foundation to give light to the complexion. For oily skin, I recommend Armani Luminous Silk, and for dry skin, I’ve heard amazing things about Becca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.

I would usually opt for a matte bronzer or contour but when adding glow, I reach for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The bronzer has a very slight shimmer running through it, which gives you the most wonderful, natural sunkissed look.

You can also use a shimmery blusher to add a healthy pink glow to the cheeks. My favourites for this are the Soap and Glory Love at First Blush or the Kiko Modern Tribes Baked Blush, both give a lovely rosy sheen.

The Naked Palettes have some stunning, shimmer eye shadows options to create a glowy, wide awake look to the eyes. I use a fluffy brush to sweep the light coloured eyeshadow over the lid and then build the colour up under the brows to add a highlighted effect. You can also use a pencil brush to add an inner corner highlight with your eyeshadow of choice.

By now I bet you are dying to whip out your highlighter of choice, but trust that these products can provide the glow you want! Subtle is the new metallic!

What products do you use to add glow?



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  2. Some great tips! Love this post! X

  3. I want that Charlotte Tilbury palette--it looks divine!!

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  5. I definitely think having an illuminating primer makes a huge difference to a glowy look! I always apply powder on top but when I'm going for a glow I'll only apply it to certain areas to really bring out the glow in others!

    I really need to try that CT palette, been coveting it for ages!

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  6. I love Charlotte Tilbury and this highlighter looks absolutely stunning! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  7. I'd love to try the CT palette it looks so beautiful!

  8. You've reminded me to dig out my becca aqua foundation - its amazing. I really want to try LS especially now my skin is more oily in the heat! xx

    LPage Beauty

  9. These are lovely tips & such a great product range, hon! I can't wait to try GA Luminous Silk - think it would suit my skin perfectly <3
    Also, that is a beautiful CT duo. Heart-eyed emoji in real life here :)
    xox Nadia

  10. I wish I could afford Armani, it sounds great for oily skin. I usually use Burberry Eyeshadow in gold pearl for highlight :)

    Selene Addicted

  11. I like to keep things minimal and I can't really be bothered to put layers of products like the youtubers do :) I like to use Mac strobe cream under my foundation to get subtle glow! I really want to try Armani foundation!

    Ela BellaWorld

  12. My skin is oily, so it products it's own glow. Haha! But I do like adding a bit of Becca's Backlight primer to my cheekbones if I want a little extra something without adding actual highlight.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  13. I really need to try Luminous Silk :) I also love highlighting blushers when I'm feeling lazy and just want to use one product to do both!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  14. I love using the Becca skin perfector for adding a subtle glow to my skin for a radiant look, such a fab product. The CT palette is also another favourite of mine x

    Beauty with charm

  15. The Becca Skin Perfector sounds amazing!

    Parie x

  16. The Kiko blush looks so interesting :) Would love to try the Armani Foundation as well.


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