It’s finally that time of the year again where you can walk out of the house looking like a disco ball and still be an acceptable member of society. Yes, summer is here and so is the glowy skin trend that so many (myself included) love. For today’s post I wanted to talk about how I achieve my own version of glowy skin and the products I’ve been loving to give me a shine that looks like I just stepped out of the gym (hint: I didn’t.)
For a long time I didn’t prime my skin with moisturizer, which I look back at now and think is crazy. The best thing I have ever done for my makeup and skin is putting down a nice layer of my favourite Pond’s moisturizer, letting it seep in, and then applying my foundation on top of that. Of course, less is more in the summer months, but in winter I don’t hold back at all. Not only does moisturizer offer a nice protective layer between your skin and the makeup, but it also helps my makeup look a bit more natural and skin-like—hence the glow!
In the winter I always use my Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and in the summer I switch to The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I don’t know why, but these two work the best on me, but only in their respective seasons. I’m sure it has to do with the climate and the dryness level of my skin, but I’ve at least figured out how to navigate it. I find that liquid foundation in summer is perfect for adding an initial and natural glow to the skin without having to fuss around with any products. Of course, this probably works better with medium coverage, silky or satin formulas rather than matte. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a matte liquid foundation, but I already know that it wouldn’t do anything to give me the glow I desperately desire under the blazing hot sun of summer.
Blush & Highlighter
Obviously, the key ingredients to achieving a full-on glow are the cheek products. Finding the right highlighter and blush for your skin type and tone will go a long way with minimal effort. My two favourite blushes for summer are the Stila Convertible Colour in Peony and Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk. Cream products work much better for me in the summer and look way more natural on the skin. It’s important, though, to use colours that give you a bit of a flush, rather than intense pigment. This will make it look like you have a youthful glow rather than blush.
As for highlighter, up until recently I was only using Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, but I’ve recently picked up Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Hello Halo highlighter in Gilded Glow and Smashbox L.A. Lights Highlighter in Sheer Pink Pearl. Both are cream products; one has an applicator that makes it easy to apply and then blend with my fingers. They are fairly buildable, but still leave the skin looking natural, which is what I normally look for. However, if you want a really bright highlighter, then none of these are for you.
How do you get glowy skin?