I’ve had a lot of questions regarding how I create such a glowy and healthy looking base with my makeup so I thought I would explain a little more in depth on how I create such a youthful look. There’s nothing I hate more than my makeup feeling heavy on my skin, especially now the weather is getting warmer here in the UK. Now I’m not going to lie, this is not a 5 minute job in the morning, there are quite a few steps to how I do my base makeup.
One main tip I can give you is to make sure you apply a small amount of the products so your makeup doesn’t cake up. You may feel like you need more product because you want to cover areas, but actually it is much better to put small layers of different products and layer them carefully to achieve the most flawless glowy base that does not look cakey.
For this makeup you really need to focus on hydrating the skin making the makeup glide on top like butter. I start off by moisturising my face, there is a few different products I use to moisturise but the main two products I tend to use are Malin and Goetz moisturiser and the Maduka doctor face oil. I mix together about a pea size of the moisturiser and a couple of drops of my face oil together an apply this all over my face – letting it sit for a couple of minutes to soak in.
Once my face feeling moisturised and soft I then like to go in with a primer which is nice and hydrating. Some of my favourites include the Smash box photo finish primer* and the Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancing primer. These two really sink into the skin leaving it feeling really refreshed and plump. I also take a very small amount of Baby Skin primer* from Maybelline to fill in any pores around my problem areas I feel I need it, such as my nose and around my cheek area. This is to give a nice smooth base for foundation later.
Now my face is prepped, I like to add a little more moisture to my skin so I spray a good amount of dewy water to my face. I actually make this myself and I really think it does make a massive difference in the way my skin looks. I will create a little video or blog on how I make this if you would like to see it. If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy a illuminating setting spray. I love the Cover FX illuminating setting spray, that would work perfectly too!
My face is feeling super moisturised and the perfect base for some makeup. I have a few problem areas on my face such as scars and I struggle with a bit of redness in certain areas of my face. I also like to make my under eyes look bright, because I always look tired. I feel the best way to cover these problem areas is to colour correct. One of my favourite colour correcting products is Becca under eye brightener. I feel using a really small amount of product and just touching over the areas I need the most coverage before applying other products really helps to cover, without your makeup feeling heavy.
Because this is a glowy tutorial as you can imagine I focus quite heavily on my highlight. Before foundation I apply a very small amount of NARS illuminating cream using my finger to the high points of my face, or all over my face (depending on how glowy I want to be that day). I also love the Cover FX illuminating drops but these are a little more intense, so I wouldn’t wear that on a everyday. I feel these are better for nights out or a special occasion.
Already you should notice your skin is looking youthful and glowy. This on its own actually looks really nice for a quickly out the door look when your in a rush. But for this tutorial I wanted to do a bit more full coverage. I take my NARS sheer glow foundation, I wear the shade Gobi and I apply this on my favourite Zoeva 103* foundation brush. I don’t use anymore than one or two pumps to cover my entire face. I found the best way to apply this is by tapping it lightly into the skin rather than rubbing the brush over my face, it prevents me from budging the colour correcting from before. I sometimes like to take a damp beauty blender* and tap very softly over the foundation to make sure it’s blended out smoothly.
Time for concealer, for my face I like to use a different concealer on any areas that I think I may need a tiny bit more coverage (Spots, over my scars or if a little redness is still peaking through). I find the NARS creamy concealer works really well for these areas, I use the Vanilla which seems to match to my foundation pretty well. I use a concealer that matches my foundation rather than one lighter because it blends the imperfections with your foundation smoother. I like to apply this with a beauty blender or stippling my brush over very carefully to blend it together. Under my eyes I like to take a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than my skin tone to help brighten my under eyes. Recently I keep reaching for my Collection lasting perfection concealer* and gently blending it out with my beauty blender until its all blended nicely with my foundation.
Before everything starts creasing and moving you need to set your under eyes and foundation. My favourite powders to use are both from Laura Mercier. Their secret under eye brightening powder is perfect for setting under eyes as the powder itself is so fine, if you apply a very small amount your under eyes won’t be left with that cakey dry look. I also like their original face setting powder for under my eyes, just depending on whats in front of me that day is what I grab, but I think they both work just as well. I apply this with a Zoeva 222* and lightly dust a small amount close under my eye where I crease.
For my face powder I don’t like using anything that feels too heavy, so I either use a very small amount of my Laura Mericer loose translucent powder which works well. But another powder I love to use when I’m really looking for all out glow is the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder. This powder is really lightweight feeling and also gives the skin an airbrushed effect, its leaves a very slight glow to the skin and makes it look flawless. I apply this with my Zovea 106* and tap this over the skin carefully then lightly brushing off any excess powder.
Even when it comes to bronzing I still want to use glowy products to create that really dewy skin. There are many bronzers out there which have reflects in them to help give you that warm summer glow, but personally I actually like to use the Laura Mercier face illuminator in the shade Indiscretion. Its not the most intense highlight so it actually gives a bit of colour to my skin and leaves it looking sun kissed. I apply this to the temples, cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose using a Zoeva 127* – making sure I apply it with a very light hand so I don’t budge any of the makeup underneath. Because this isn’t pigmented enough for a bit of contouring I use a small amount of my Benefit Hoola bronzer* on my cheekbones to carve them out slightly.
I never really stick to a particular blush when doing this makeup, its just what ever I’m feeling on the day. It doesn’t make much difference if I apply one with a bit of a glow in or if its matte, but for this tutorial I thought I would go with one with reflects in for the extra af glow. NARS orgasm blush is one of my favourite blushes I own, its really diverse for different skin tones and looks beautiful on the cheeks. I like to apply this on a Zovea 101* and whist smiling apply lightly over the face bringing it up to the side of my face. I’m not sure why I apply it here, I noticed Rihanna does it a lot and I just like the way it lifts your face.
I have applied a couple of thin layers of powder at this point and this makeup is all about looking moisturised. I like to spray a few spritzes of my glow water over my face, keeping the bottle quite far away when spraying so I don’t get any water splotches on my face – we all know how annoying that is when it happens.
Time for the real glow and I like to apply a couple of highlighters to my face to really intensify that glow. If you are looking for the more natural glow then one highlight would work just fine. My favourite highlighters to apply at this point would 100% be Becca highlighters with a layer of Sleek highlight* underneath. I tend to apply a good layer of the three powder shades, which turn out as an icey white shade when you mix them together – and because it is so white and I don’t want it to wash me out I like to apply she shade Champagne Pop over the top. You may be thinking this is super extra but foe my skin tone this just looks perfect. I apply this to my cheekbones and any other high points of my face using a Zoeva 105* brush. You know me I like to go extra with my highlight.
And then again I spray a few more sprays of my magic glow spray to get rid of any obvious powder on my face. It’s all about that natural looking glow.
If I’m going for quite a natural look I tend to finish my makeup off by applying a bit of my Hoola bronzer* to my crease using a Zoeva 221 and then a bit of my Pearl highlight from Becca on my lid and inner corners – just using my finger. Then apply mascara, brow gel and a lipstick to finish my makeup off. This part doesn’t actually take that long, its the base that takes the longest but personally I think its worth it for how natural and beautiful it looks.
All the products I use in this tutorial glide really nice on top of each other which can sometimes can be a problem when it comes to buying makeup, some products don’t always work well together. I also think its very important to make sure your skin is well exfoliated beforehand and try using a moisture mask a couple times a week. Your skin itself is a big part of how your makeup will apply. I’ve recently been using a No7 exfoliator* when I wash my face in the morning and I love to use the Glam glow hydrating mask a couple of times a week. Also don’t forget to drink lots of water! So many people don’t drink enough water through out the day, it will really make a difference when you keep hydrated.
Hope this post was helpful and you try out this dewy base makeup, honestly I do not think I will change this routine for a while – I love the way my skin looks when doing this routine and I’ve had a lot of compliments on my skin too.
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