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Glowing Complexions | How-to

Glowing Complexions

A gorgeous, glowing complexion is always in style. No matter what
the current color trends are in makeup, a beautiful visage will always
suit you. Here are a few ways to fake a healthy glow whether summer or
winter.

1. Taking Care of Your Skin

Daily cleansing and moisturizing are a must. Cleaning and treating
your skin will prevent blemishes and irritation. Moisturizing will
plump the skin, giving it a more healthy appearance. MAC Strobe Cream
($29.50, 1.7 oz at Bloomingdale’s), pulls double duty as a great
moisturizer that gives your skin a bright, healthy glow, as if it
were illuminated by a camera strobe.

Read : Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

In addition to your daily skincare routine, periodic exfoliating will
slough off all dead skin for a smooth, even complexion. Try Benefit’s Honey Snap Out of It Scrub ($28).

2. Taking Care of Yourself

There is a lot to be said for good, clean living. Too much alcohol
and caffeine dehydrates your skin. Lack of sleep will show in your
eyes. A poor diet can make your skin sallow and give you a bloated
appearance. I don’t even have to tell you what cigarettes are robbing
you of, do I?

Here’s my time-to-sound-like-your-mother moment in 3…2…1… Drink your
water, get as much sleep as you can and remove as much processed food
and junk food from your diet as you can. Consume caffeine and alcohol
in moderation. Jettison your stress with a session of yoga or cardio at
the gym. You will see the difference, not only in your skin, but in
other areas of your life, as well. The increased energy levels and
clarity of thought you will feel are a great added bonus to your glowing
visage.

A Little Bit of Help from Your Cosmetic Friends

OK, OK, admittedly not all of us have the time or discipline for the
aforementioned “clean living”, so here are some cosmetic tips for a faux
glow.

When working to achieve a luminous face, the basic goal is to use
products that will manipulate the light that hits the face in certain
areas, namely the raised areas of the face (upper cheekbones, upper
forehead, the brow bone and lips), or at least give the impression that
the light is reflecting from that area.

A word of warning when using shimmering and glow-enhancing products:
Moderation is the key. Add shimmer elements in small increments so as
to not overpower a look. A little bit of glow looks fresh and natural;
too much risks looking artificial and/or oily. A good practice is to
highlight some areas, but not all.

When dealing with foundation, the glow/shimmer should be very
subtle. Overkill in this area will leave your face closely resembling a
glittering, mirrored disco ball that hasn’t been seen since 1978 at
Studio 54.

Go for a subtle glow in your foundation by trying a liquid or powder
formula mineral foundation, which by their nature, refract light and
give a soft focus and brightened appearance to the skin. Their
luminescence can be further enhanced by lightly buffing them into the
skin with a kabuki brush. If you want to work with a liquid foundation
that you already own, add a few drops of liquid luminizer, like
Smashbox’s Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion ($30, .88 oz at Sephora)
to it for a fresh, dewy look.

If you are using a regular foundation, but still crave a faux glow,
you can obtain it by adding shimmer powders or luminizers to the high
plains of the face. Try NARS Sparkling Pressed Powder ($31) or Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick ($38 at Nordstrom) swept over the upper cheekbones, the apples of the cheeks and very lightly across the top of the forehead.

For a more summery look, try a pearly bronzer. Apply it to the
cheeks like blush, to the edges of the face at the hairline (to contour
and frame) and then dusted lightly all over the face. I swear by Guerlain’s Terra Cotta Pearly Powder ($57) (pictured at the top of the article). It is a beautiful rose-kissed bronze that always garners compliments when I wear it.

Brighten the eye area by adding a neutral, shimmery shadow to the
brow bone and the inner eyelid area right off of the tear duct. Try
Stila shadow in Kitten ($18 at Sephora) or MAC eye shadow in Ricepaper
($14.50 at Macy’s). You can open up the eye area even more by lightly
lining the lower, inner eye with white, cream or neutral eyeliners. Try
Make Up Forever’s Aqua Liner in White. If this look appears too stark,
soften it by smudging the liner with a q-tip or smudger brush.

A subtle, shimmering lip gloss will
brighten your look as well. Try Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Lip Gloss in
Pink ($20 at Nordstrom).

Lastly, here’s my secret recipe for a subtle shimmer. Shhhh… come in close and listen in: Take MAC’s Fix+ (a spray-on makeup finisher/skin soother) ($16), add to it the slightest amount of MAC Pigment loose shadow/face shimmer in Vanilla ($19.50) (around 1/16 of a teaspoon) and
shake it together in the Fix+ bottle. This secret weapon, when misted
lightly over any powder or foundation, will give an unbelievably natural
glow. Just a few spritzes is all you need. But remember… this
secret is just between us, OK?

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