I usually fight against my oily skin using matte face products to keep my oil in check. After reading Maricar’s recent article about embracing her oily skin, I started to play around with looks that leaned on the dewy/luminous side.
Since I’m easing into this, I thought stepping up my primer/highlighter game a bit would be a good start.
MAKE Skin Illuminating Primer caught my attention because of its color, honestly. In the package it looks greenish-blue with a hint of purple. Once dispensed, you can see that it has an iridescence to it, so I was nervous I’d look like I got in fight with a pixie and lost.
Once smoothed out, however, there’s really just a bit of a sheen left behind. Initially, I didn't think it made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin by itself; it just added a bit more glow.
Once I added my normal (matte) foundation over it though, I really thought the combo made for a nice look!
As far as wear goes, I did have to blot about midday and early evening through the T-zone, but otherwise, my foundation stayed intact all day and actually looked pretty good by the time I got home to wash my face.
I also tried MAKE Skin Illuminator in the shade Skir along the tops of my cheekbones. This is a white, shimmery highlight (not something I usually reach for) but it did blend well into the skin, and the effect was a very nice lit-from-within glow.
While I liked Skin Illuminator, it is $34 (same as the primer), and I feel like I'm equally as pleased with it as I am with my cheap-o highlighters from NYX and Milani. It’s nice, though, if you feel like treating yourself, and they do have other shades available.
Overall I’m excited to experiment with illuminating products and I think foundations/tinted moisturizers will be next on my list!
- What are your favorite products for a dewy finish?
- Anyone else try these products from MAKE?