I've noticed that I get more compliments on my complexion and how young looking my skin is when I use certain products, compared to when I use others. My skin seems to look more radiant and smoother when I use certain products. These are the products that I use to help me get a luminous glow to my skin. I prefer to have some shimmer for a glowy sunkissed complexion, as opposed to a matte look. (However, somedays I like to go for a more matte look, depending on the occasion and my mood.)
Here's what I use to achieve a smooth, glowly complexion:
1. REVLON PhotoReady Airbrush Foundation (shade rich ginger)-
I absolutely love this foundation. I wasn't expecting good coverage from a mousse-like foundation, but boy was I wrong. I feel that this covers very well & is buildable, without looking cakey or overly made up. It's light to medium, buildable coverage. I like to go with 2 layers of this for the desired coverage of my choice. It comes out like a mousse (foam) but blends out to a liquid. Blends like a dream, doesn't cling to dry patches, and applies so smoothly. It does have very small flecks of shimmer in it, but nothing extremely obnoxious or extremely obvious. It gives a nice, luminous glow to the skin & that's why I love it. Love that it gives a natural look, and doesn't scream "I'm wearing tons of foundation!". It just looks like natural skin, only better & more enhanced.
2. NARS Casino Bronzer or Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay (mineral) Bronzer
(on cheeks & down nose for contour)-
I don't always use this. Sometimes, I just use a shimmery blush & skip the bronzer. But when I want a more defined cheek or want to warm my face up with a sunkissed glow, I love to use either of these 2 bronzers. (Casino is darker and more brown bases, where as Park Ave Princess is more golden toned.) They both have shimmer, but not overpowering. Personally, I prefer to bronzers with shimmer. When I use matte bronzers, they tend to look very flat & muddy. I love the dimension and glow that the shimmer gives.
3.Shimmery (not glittery) Blush- MAC Daft Pink (discontinued L.E), Hard Candy Living Doll
My favorite at the time is MAC's Daft Pink, which is a perfect swirl of bronzy gold & pink. This has the perfect amount of shimmer for a natural baby doll pink glow. Not too overpowering. This is great for an everyday look for work or school. Hard Candy's Living Doll is great for this look as well (& super affordable). Living Doll is a gorgeous pink (more vibrant than Daft Pink) with just the perfect amount of shimmer for a beautiful angel-like glow.
I really like to use shimmery blushes because they work as a blush & highlighter in one.
*I usually finish off my everyday look with a neutral or pink lipgloss or lipstick (I like to use Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy or NYC's Lippin Large gloss in pink champagne.) & a neutral or light colored eyeshadow (usually no liner for daytime look). (really like Urban Decay's Aquarius & shades from Mark's On The Dot Neutral Palette)