Get Your Glow On!

Look at those dark circles! OY!

Look at those dark circles! OY!

We all know glowing skin starts from the inside. Drinking lots of water, eating your fruits and vegetables and getting your beauty sleep are all important for glowing, dewy, radiant skin, and I know we all try our best, but sometimes our skin needs a little help! As many of you know from my last post my diet contains a lot of caffeine and my sleep schedule is not great with Little #3 still waking at all hours of the night. If I am being totally honest I have also consumed more than my fair share of halloween candy over the last few weeks, because, you know, I am saving my children from all that sugar…. With all that my skin is not as wonderful as it could be, so along with my lovely cleansing and moisturizing routine that I wrote about last week, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve for making my not so glowy skin look fresh and vibrant. I will give a disclaimer here that I am no make-up artist (I worked in a Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique for a year though, that must count for something right?). So I am working from my personal experience with my own skin and the products I find most effective.

For a glowing radiant look it is best to start with moisturized skin, and a quality eye cream, especially if you are like me and have a dry eye area.

BECCA Corrector magic!

BECCA Corrector magic!

Lately I have also been applying a little something that was a guilty splurge (don’t tell my husband), the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector. It seems to magically hide my under eye circles, which is quite the feat, and primes them for concealer. I follow this with an illuminating primer. I have been using MAC Strobe Cream for almost a year now, and I am still on the same container. A little goes a long way and they give you a lot of product, making it a great choice; however on my wish list is the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter. It is a bit of a splurge so maybe when my Strobe Cream is all done I will give it a whirl. You can then use the foundation of your choice, or a tinted moisturizer, or just skip those and go straight for a bit of concealer and setting powder and leave your face looking natural. My personal favourite product for a bit of cover and colour is the Lancôme Bienfait Teinté BB. I have been using this stuff since I was 18, and it is my #rideordie. It is pricy stuff, but a little goes a long way, It takes me about two years to finish off a bottle. I love that it doesn’t hide my freckles; I always think it looks a little funny when a freckly girl puts on heavy foundation and hides those lovely beauty spots!

My skin looking a little more even after concealer and tinted moisturizer

My skin looking a little more even after concealer and tinted moisturizer

So now that we have our face creamed, and primed, and concealed (and don’t forget to set it with a little translucent powder especially under those eyes!), we need to add a little colour back in. My next step is a bit of bronzer, and my absolute favourite is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Light Bronzer. OH MY GOODNESS this stuff smells like heaven! Like beaches and summer time; like I want to dust it all over my self….no joke…..can a person become addicted to a smell?! This colour is perfect for me, any darker and I start to look like an Oompa Loompa, which is not a good look. If you are any darker than me though you would probably want the Bronzer shade rather than Light Bronzer. I won’t say this often, but you need this stuff in your life; really…go buy it.

Next is a bit of your favourite blush, and then, the wonderful finishing touch; highlighter. There are lots of highlighters

Getting my glow on baby!

Getting my glow on baby!

to choose from, however they are not all created equal. For a drugstore brand that is pretty good you could go with the Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls, I have had the same one for a couple years now, and it is still going strong. If you are looking for a higher end product that is a little less glittery, then the Tarte highlight in Exposed is beautiful, and by it’s self creates a lovely daytime glow. For this photo shoot however I layered my Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand with my Tart Exposed over top for a more intense glow. You want to highlight all the parts of your face that the light would hit first, like your cheek bones, brow bones, bridge of the nose, and your cupids bow. It is also a good idea to highlight the inner corners of your eyes and just below the arch of your brow. I finish everything off with a spritz of my MAC Prep+Prime to set all those lovely powders in place. Now just finish off your look with some mascara, a bit of brow, and a glossy lip, and baby your glowing!

Wow it sure seems like I put a lot of stuff on my face, but man it works, and I feel more confident and radiant, so that’s all that matters right?

Before and after!

Before and after!

Have you jumped on the highlighting or strobing bandwagon? What’s your favourite highlighter or bronzer? Let me know in the comments I would love to hear from you!

ps. I didn’t do any editing to the photos with the exception of darkening up the background a touch.