With summer approaching before we know it, I’ve tried to wear less and less makeup. Texas gets very hot, and in a lot of ways, I still have teenage skin. This means I break out if I cake on a bunch of foundation. What’s my solution? Create glowing skin without a lot of makeup.
If you follow along on Instagram, you’ve probably heard me gawk over J. Lo’s incredible skin! After watching a few tutorials I figured a simple way to mimic her glow without all of the extra makeup.
Let’s go through the steps. Be sure to watch my video on how I apply everything!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Natural lighting – You can’t tell if you’re getting a glow or a shine if you’re not checking the lighting. Too many times I’ve been in the bathroom overdoing it on the highlighter only to find that when I walk out to my car, I suddenly look like a shiny grease pot. (I swear I tried to think of a better word for this, but true is true.)
- A washcloth or makeup wipes – I use my hands for all of these products and I don’t want to transfer glow from my cheekbones to my T-zone. I use a small washcloth that I can get dirty to wipe any excess product off of my hands before using the next product in my routine.
- Water – Half of my battle with skincare is that I’m dehydrated all of the time! Try to keep a glass of water near you and make it part of your routine.
It’s time to go through the steps!
Step one is prepping my face by using an oil cleanser. It gets any bacteria off of my face from the night before, but gives me a moisturized palette to start putting other products on my skin. Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil is one of my new favorite finds! It’s much cheaper if you go into the TJ’s yourself, but if you don’t have one, you can also get it from Amazon!
Vivoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie helps even my skin tone and reduce any redness I might have from the night before. This step is optional, but I apply it if I’ve skipped the rose facial oil above.
I add a dime/nickel size amount of moisturizer and then add a couple of glow drops to my hand and rub together. This adds a great base of moisture, SPF, and natural glow that helps me feel protected, yet radiant. Always remember to wear your sunscreen!
I use two highlighters for this step and make my own “contour” but only in spots where you would naturally apply highlighter. Albeit’s Shimmer Stick is no longer available (similar to Becca’s Pressed Highlighter in Opal), but I use it as my lighter color. I add it to the hightest part of where I apply highlighter. Then, I follow with a darker, bronze shade like Benefit’s Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. It’s closer to a bronze than a champagne color in my opinion, and is great for adding a touch of depth to the look.
Add lighter color to: tip of nose, cupid’s bow, corner of eyelids, right above highest point of eyebrows, and the top of the collar bones.
Add darker color to: bridge of nose, temples, eyelids, and inner part of collar bones.
It may sound counterintuitive to add concealer after highlighter, but hear me out. I do this step after highlighter because if I go a little overboard on the highlighter, I can go over it with some concealer and mattify the products to get the consistency I want. A little goes a long way and since this look is about wearing as little makeup as possible, I use it sparingly.
Dab a few dots under your eyes and fan out. Then, use any excess from your fingers to dab over any blemishes or a touch on your cupid’s bow.
I’ve used Bare Mineral’s Stroke of Light for years, but I think they have discontinued it. Tarte’s Under Eye Concealer is also a good option and has fairly good reviews. If you want to spend $4 more, NARS has over 10 thousand 4-star reviews!
I really like trying new coconut and rose toners. They’re very refreshing and appear to reduce redness in my skin. It also helps blend together and set the other products I’ve used under it.
I use Kopari for my lips only, but Kiehl’s is neutral enough to go on your knuckles, cuticles and other rough spots. It also has minimal shine and is great for cuts or scrapes. I’d compare it to a less sticky Vaseline.
Okay, this is just me being a little extra, but if your skin is glowing, why wouldn’t you have your hair glow as well?! Mermaid Perfume’s Shine Spray for Hair and their Perfume Oil are my favorite products on the market right now.
I spray my locks with the No.1 or 3 scent, and roll the perfume oil No. 3 on my clavicle, neck and wrists. The ULTIMATE summer scent.
It takes me less than 10 minutes from start to finish to get this glowing skin! Give it a shot and let me know what you think.