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Fake the Glow!

Do you ever look at your makeup 'mess' and think, wow that's a lot? I've been thinking this all morning, but it's worth it for the glow! I've recently changed my makeup up a bit to recreate the glow that my skin seems to be lacking. After a few daily wear tests this has been the formula for perfection.  

Can you tell I've been working super long shifts all weekend? I like to think you can't. After watching a few tips on Wayne Goss' channel I decided to give it a go for myself. 

1. Illuminating primers are your friend. 
I've been using the Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer in Radiance and just a thin layer over moisturiser creates a beautiful dewy glow. This is such a simple step in your makeup routine to make a real difference in your complexion. 

2. The foundation trick.
You must watch this video. So the basic theory behind this is that you should use powder before liquid foundation. Shocker I know, this goes against everything I've been taught. The powder will fill in fine lines and pores, as well as keeping your foundation in place all day. I've tried this with both translucent powders and minerals foundations. I chose a light foundation to go on top, something that I can use my fingers to blend. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua has been my favourite, it really is a cult product of mine. This combination has survived the retail shift test, once you try this you'll never look back.  

3. Don't be afraid of highlighters. 
I used to use highlighters very sparingly, being very cautious of looking like a disco ball. A recent discovery of mine is finding blush with enough shimmer to use a multiple product. Or using a blush toned highlighter with enough pigment to give a good colour pay off. My favourite is the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination. Just a touch of this on the cheeks gives a gorgeous pink lift as well as highlighting the cheekbones. I always use just a touch of this across my brow bone and along the bridge of my nose. I find that the colour blends into the skin leaving just a natural glow. 

Once my base is complete I almost don't want to ruin it with eyeliner or lipstick. So I opt for a natural eye, using a slightly shimmered champagne eyeshadow all over the lid as well as a matte brown through the crease for some definition. Of course the brows need to be groomed and eyelashes perfected. For the lips I've been loving Laura Mercier's Lip Gloss in Orgasm, I have a mini that comes with the Colour to Go Palette but I will be purchasing a full size! It smells amazing, has a great shine and just enough pigmentation to wear alone. 

What tricks do you have up your sleeve to create a glowing base? Do you know of any products that I should be trying? 

The NARS Copacabana is currently on my list of things to buy. 

Gem. x