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Creating a “Glow” Effect in Makeup

Start with Skincare

A glowing makeup look begins with healthy, well-hydrated skin. Ensure you have a solid skincare routine, including cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen. Well-prepped skin provides a better canvas for makeup application.

Primer with Illumination

Use a luminizing or illuminating primer to create a subtle radiance. Apply it all over your face or concentrate on areas you want to highlight, such as the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your cupid’s bow (the area above your upper lip).

Foundation and Concealer

Choose a foundation with a radiant or dewy finish. These formulations naturally enhance your skin’s glow. Apply it evenly over your face. Use a concealer to hide any blemishes or under-eye circles, but avoid overly matte or heavy formulations.

Cream or Liquid Highlighter

Cream or liquid highlighters are fantastic for achieving a dewy glow. Apply a small amount to the high points of your face: cheekbones, brow bone, down the bridge of your nose, and on your cupid’s bow. Blend them gently using your fingertips or a makeup sponge.

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Blush for a Healthy Flush

Opt for a creamy blush that complements your skin tone. Cream blushes provide a natural flush that adds to the overall glow. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh, youthful appearance.

Set Strategically

Use setting powder sparingly. You can set your makeup with a loose or pressed translucent powder, but avoid powdering areas where you’ve applied cream or liquid highlighter. These areas should maintain their luminosity.

Shimmering Eyeshadows

Choose shimmering eyeshadows if you want to add a glow to your eyes. Apply a shade with sparkle to the center of your eyelids to make your eyes pop.

Lip Gloss for Shine

Opt for a lip gloss instead of matte lipstick. Glosses provide shine and a plump appearance to your lips, contributing to the overall glow effect.

Setting Spray

Finish with a setting spray to lock in your makeup and enhance the glow. There are illuminating setting sprays available that add an extra dose of radiance.

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