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Radiance. Luminosity. A gorgeous glow. You know it when you see it—that inner light that signals dewy, youthful-looking skin. But everything from environmental factors to aging can cause your complexion to start appearing dull. Womp, womp. The good news is, there are plenty of brightening and illuminating makeup products out there that can help you get your glow on. Below, follow our step-by-step tutorial for using illuminating makeup—then go on and shine bright!
To create the illusion of a glowing complexion, start with an illuminating primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. Primer can help create a smooth canvas for makeup application as well as help your makeup wear evenly throughout the day. For a soft, candlelit effect, dab the primer onto freshly moisturized cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, then blend.
It’s time to invest in an illuminating foundation and concealer! To help hide uneven skin tone and create a glowing look, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, and use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to bounce and blend it onto your skin.
To really amplify the glowing effect of your foundation, mix in a few drops of a liquid highlighter. Follow up the foundation with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer to help hide imperfections like dark circles.
You might think that all setting powders have a matte finish, but it turns out that’s not actually the case. If you want to illuminate the appearance of your skin, it’s all about looking for a face powder that has a little shimmer in it, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Prow Glow Powder. Dust it over your complexion to help set your foundation and concealer and boost your brightness.
Highlighting the inner corners of your eyes can help instantly freshen up your look. As a complement to a finished illuminated makeup look, this can create a gorgeous contrast to eye shadow. Pair it with a smoky eye look to really add depth. After completing your shadow application, add a touch of a liquid highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, to your fingertip. Then, use your finger to place the highlighter around the inner corners of your eyes for an instant illumination. If you aren’t ready to stop, there are other areas to highlight around your eyes. Try adding a bit of highlighter below the arch of your eyebrows and on the center of your lids as finishing touches.
A well-placed gleam or two of a light-reflecting powder highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator, can help bring out your natural bone structure. To apply, brush the powder above your cheekbones. If you’re having trouble finding the right spot, suck in your cheeks (think of the classic puckered up fish face) to make your cheekbones more prominent—unfortunately we aren’t all naturally blessed with super-sharp ones. The good news is, that’s what contouring is for. Speaking of that, follow up highlighting with a subtle swipe of contour powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette.
You’re probably starting to notice a trend: There’s an illuminating version of almost every makeup product. Among those is blush. Give your cheeks some color and create the appearance of a rosy, youthful-looking complexion by using the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush. Lightly sweep the color on with a brush for a natural-looking flush.
The key to using highlighter is to define your features without looking overly made-up. For a fuller-looking pout, use highlighter to define the contours of your lips, adding a bit of the shimmery powder along your cupid’s bow. Finish off the look with a coat of super-glossy lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss, for an added dose of shine.
In the spirit of illumination, next, check out our article, 8 Highlighter Hacks to Help Make Your Skin look Glow-y.