The weather is slowly warming up, and with it, my dedication for once again resembling a human being. I've felt--and looked--particularly zombie-like this winter, but now that it's no longer freezing out, I'm starting to daydream about what I'll wear this summer and how I'll do my hair and makeup.
One of my biggest beauty problems this winter was my dull, dry skin. I've finally started to turn it around by going into overdrive with my moisturizer routine, and it's made a big difference. I want to take it even further and have the most glowing, radiant skin possible. Sweatiness tends to help a lot with glowing skin, but while I wait for summer, here's how I'm faking it until it gets a little more humid.
First off, it's essential that I use a heavy moisturizer every night. My thickest, most luxurious moisturizer is Lush Skin's Shangri La.
Made specifically for dry or aging skin, it's packed full of hydrating ingredients like almond and jojoba oils, wheatgrass juice, seaweed, and aloe vera. It has a distinct fragrance that only took me a day to get used to--it's sort of like a very clean barn, which is appealing to a country girl like me. I'm weirdly addicted to sniffing it. It's pricey, but a tiny dab goes a long way, and you'll wake up with luminous skin the next morning.
Sadly, my skin isn't perfect and an amazing moisturizer can only do so much. These are some of my favorite products for a radiant look:
When I wake up, I slather coconut oil over my face and hair for extra hydration and then hop in the shower. While my lips are still wet, I use my e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator to exfoliate and soften my lips. Best $3 I ever spent. It makes my lips softer, temporarily bigger, and flushed with pink. I like to use coconut oil as a lip balm afterwards for hydration and shine.
I skipped drying my hair, opting for the slicked-back look instead to make it seem like I just came out of the ocean.
For a non-drying base for my makeup, I like to use Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. Nobody needs two different kinds of primers, but I like to go overboard so I used my other favorite primer for radiant skin as well: Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. (Or at least I thought I did. I'll explain that in a moment.)
After primer, I decided to forego heavy foundation for something a little more sheer and natural-looking. There are a lot of BB creams that I have yet to try, but so far, my favorite is Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in 010 Light with SPF 30. It has a thicker consistency than most BB creams, which I appreciate, and doesn't turn my pale skin orange. It's perfect for this particular look because it really catches the light. I promise it's not glittery or anything like that--it just has a very subtle shimmer.
I used my light-reflecting Topshop Brighten pen in Moonlight to lightly conceal some old acne scars and touch up any under-eye darkness.
Then I reached for my favorite highlighter, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I couldn't find it, but after rooting around in my makeup bag I unearthed my Pixi primer instead. That's when I realized that I had gotten the similar-looking tubes confused and used the tiny (and pricey) bottle of Becca highlighter all over my face as a primer. That explains why my Pixi primer was suddenly way more sparkly than I remembered. Oops.
Of course, that didn't stop me from going ahead and adding more of the Becca highlighter on top of my BB cream anyway. MORE SHINE! MORE GLOW! I wanted to look like I just got locked inside a car in 90-degree heat (except without the desperation and contemplation of one's own mortality).
I like to focus highlighter on my cheekbones, above and under my brows, along my nose, my chin, and along the top of my upper lip. Sometimes I'll add a dab to the middle of my bottom lip too. I avoid my forehead since that's the one spot on my face that gets shiny enough on its own.
That's pretty much the entire look. It's basically just: moisturize and add some BB cream and a ton of really good highlighter.
Oh--I also added a light smudging of brown eyeliner around my eyes to give them some definition. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Demolition. It really does glide on so smoothly. It smudges well if that's what you want, but also stays put when you're done, which is essential for this look.
I know those of you with oily skin types might be cringing as you read this, and that's OK. Some people prefer the matte look. We all want what we can't have, and therefore I envy people whose skin is like this naturally.
(Feel free to keep some oil-blotting sheets on hand, though, in case things get a little out of control... I started looking for some as the day went on.)
Looking at these pictures you probably wouldn't guess that I spent the past several months stuck inside under fluorescent lighting and chugging wine more often than water. Now that spring is here, maybe I'll finally start adhering to healthier habits and get glowing skin like this for real.
Or I'll just stick with this routine. Yeah, that sounds a lot easier.