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Favorites: The “Glow” Getters

Dear Friends and Readers,

this is for the ladies, as many of my Beauty articles, but the gentleman can consider the tips contained here when they buy the next present for the women in their lives.  When you see a picture of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Mila Kunis they always have that “glow from within” look.  You think they were born with it, but alas, even there genetically blessed women have their dull moments. So they need the “Glow-Getters” too.

Gone are the days of sparkles and shiny foreheads.  Gone are the days of powder foundation that makes you look like a 90 year old because it sets into every line, and makes you look like the map of the Grand Canyon.

But finding the perfect highlighter/foundation/enhancer in the jungle of the make up counter is quite difficult so I thought about providing you with some of my favorite “glow-getters”.

 

For the Glow-Getting beginner: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone.  This moisturizing shimmer is great if you want to use it on tanned skin (faux-baked or not) but it works very well also under foundation. It is a good and light moisturizer with SPF, like a tinted moisturizer but it has shimmer instead of color. I prefer it to MAC’s Strobe cream (too sticky for my taste) and Benefit Moonshine (I hate the packaging) because it gives you a candlelit glow that is not too obvious and much more understated.

Glow-Getting All in One: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat(my shade is BD50).  I got a sample of this feather light foundation at Selfridges while I was in London.  I could not really talk about it beacuse it had not launched in the US yet but the tester was great. Like the traditional YSL Touche Eclat (or its posh twin By Terry Touche Expert), this foundation is super light and does not weight your skin down. The secret is the liquid gel in which the color is suspended. The foundation has a light to medium coverage (if you need heavier coverage I recommend the Becca shimmer mixed in with your go to foundation) but it give you the candle lit look that you see on the covers of magazines.

Glow-getting the details right. The devil is always in the details, right? So here are some tricks that might help you achieving the glow without overdoing it, because no one wants to look like their makeup routine is still stuck in 1998!

  • When using a highlighter, if your skin is oily you shoul always use mattifying primers or powder.  I keep some blotting papers handy just in case….
  • If you put highlighter directly on your skin make sure you blend with a wet makeup sponge so you don’t look like an oil slick.
  • Not everything should be shimmery on your face: if you are too heavyhanded you will make your face look fat, flat and shapeless.
  • Highlight should be focussed to the center of your face (the so called t-zone).  If you want to take it one step forward you can also highlight the browbone and the inner corners of the eyes, but it does not work for everyone… I have big eyebrows highlighting them is really overkill.
  • Skip the jawline and opt for some bronzer instead as you want some definition there!  I learned this trick in India and it works so well because it covers potential foundation mistakes and makes your neck look really long.

What are you waiting for? Glow on and be a glow-getter!

Ciao

PS: For full disclosure, please note that while I received free samples of some of the products featured in this article. The review and opinions included herein are completely independent and based on the quality and features of the products.