Let’s face it, during the winter, skin just doesn’t glow as much as it does in the summer, particularly due to the cold weather which can be incredibly drying. And although moisturizer is essentially the best way to keep your skin glowing through the winter months, here are a few products I use to get that natural radiance.
♥ Benefit Benetint, Benefit High Beam, MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, bareMinerals Original Foundation ♥
Step 1. After you’ve applied your moisturizer and concealer, take a flat top foundation brush (or a duo fibre brush), and squirt one pump of foundation on top and a small amount of MAC Lustre Drops on top of the foundation (can substitute with MAC Strobe Cream, e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight, Boots No. 7 Highlights Illuminating Lotion, or LORAC Luminizer). This gives your foundation a extra sheen to it which really makes your skin glow.
Apply foundation by placing on cheek and blending by stippling to get complete coverage. Repeat the same for the other side and the rest of the face. I prefer to work in smaller areas when using this foundation to allow for proper blending.
Step 2. Take Benefit Benetint (I promise it’s not blood lol) and “paint” on two stripes from the apples of the cheek to the hairline following the natural line of your cheek bone.
Quickly pat on the product using your middle or ring finger moving along your cheekbone up towards the hairline, concentrating majority of the color on the apples of your cheeks. Continue to pat the product on until it is completely blended in. Do not rub it in because this will only mess up your foundation and leave it looking patchy and uneven.
Step 3. Take your Benefit High Beam and place a few dots in a “C” shape along your upper cheekbone moving up towards your temples. Also, place dots on your forehead, underneath the arch of your eyebrow, in the inner corners of your eyes, down your nose, on top of your Cupid’s bow (just above your top lip), and on the chin. Blend in all of your little High Beam dots using the same patting method you used with the Benetint.
Step 4: Take a large powder brush, such as the Eco Tools Bamboo Bronzer Brush, and lightly dip into your bareMinerals Original Foundation just enough to get a little product on your brush. You don’t need a lot because you are only using it as a powder to set your foundation; you’re not actually going to use it as a foundation. bareMinerals works best for this because it already has a light sheen to the powder, whereas most setting powders leave a matte finish. Once you’ve swirled the powder onto the cap, tap the brush to reduce fallout and lightly pat on top of the entire face. Don’t rub or brush the powder on, just gently place it on in a light stippling motion. This will just lightly set your foundation and reduce any excess shine.
Finish off with some eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss and you’re done! Now you have a natural glow that will leave you looking radiant, even in those dry winter months.