Is the only thing you’ve glowe(re)d about recently is your lack of time as you juggle the work-life balance? At Realskin Clinic, we understand…
One too many snoozes and you jump out of bed and into the car, grabbing a snack as you rush to work where you have a coffee, skip lunch and completely forget to hydrate – at least not with water. You just don’t ever seem to get a chance to focus on those skin foundations – let alone anything else.
One word – makeup. The application of which can be a complicated business, as we all follow our own set of rules and protocol when it comes to putting our faces on. Sometimes we get so stuck in our routine, we forget to stop and reflect on it.
Do you ever wonder if you’re actually going about your makeup application correctly? Or if there is something more you could be doing to get that glow?
Glowing skin can turn heads. This flawless look is meant to appear natural, but chances are it’s the result of a cosmetics slight-of-hand. Even if your skin doesn’t glow on its own, there’s a lot you can do with makeup to achieve glowing skin.
Step 1: Create Dimension
To create a lit-from-within, glowing complexion, it’s worth investing time in perfecting the art of contouring. Start to create dimension by applying a cream concealer in one shade lighter than your skin tone.
Using short strokes and a concealer brush, place concealer in the middle of your forehead, down the centre of your nose, along your brow bones, under your eyes and at the centre of your chin. Next, use contouring makeup where you want to subtract light and create depth.
Using light strokes and a tapered contouring brush, create an arc rather than a straight line under your cheekbones.
When choosing contouring makeup, go for a bronzer, powder or liquid foundation that is one shade darker than your natural skin tone. If you go any deeper than one or two shades, you’ll begin to look muddy.
Step 2: Layer and Blend
After enhancing the dimension on your face, apply your foundation. At Realskin Clinic we offer complimentary Jane Iredale Foundation Colour Match.
Use a lighter foundation, such as a liquid or cream, with a lot of luminosity to add a glow to the skin.
To apply the foundation, move a foundation brush, in small circles. You want to make sure your makeup isn’t sitting on top of your skin. It should blend in with the natural fluids in your skin.
Step 3: Make your cheeks pop
Don’t make the mistake of trying to create a contour with blush. Instead, select a blush that is close to your natural flush and apply it on the apples of your cheeks, instead of below your cheekbones. Blend it into the apples and upward toward your temples. A bit of flush will help make your skin glow.
Step 4: Add a Hint of Shimmer (But Just a Hint!)
Shimmer highlighter creates light and bone structure. But knowing when enough is enough is important. We recommend using a cream highlighter. Whether you’re using a cream or powder highlighter, in either case, less is always more.
Apply it to the high planes of your face, which includes the middle of your forehead, down the centre of your nose and along the tops of your cheekbones.
Step 5: Set Your Glow
After all of your layering, the final touch — translucent powder — is the most important one. Using a large fluffy powder brush, swirl translucent powder over your face to set the look and get the most out of your makeup.
For a more in-depth discussion about your makeup routine, pop in to the Realskin Clinic or book online.