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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How I Achieve A Luminous Glow (Everyday Face)

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)

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