9 Apr 2018 16 comments

The Glo-Up Essentials.

The glow edit…

Your girl has had aglo up *fire emoji* *fire emoji*. Not really, I’ve discovered facial tanner and a new highlighting brush, but if that’s all it takes, I’m in.

I reshuffled my makeup recently and I’ve really found an edit of products that are very low effort but big impact. I’m talking a good glowy base, the right amount of bronze and probably too much highlighter – and I feel FAB.
In the past few weeks I’ve had a few requests for the deets, so here we are… welcome to my glo-up edit.

I owe a lot to the Isle of Paradise range, I’d forgotten how glorious it feels to be tanned – and I’d also forgotten how easy it can be. I use the Dark Self Tanning Drops and they’re just the ticket for a good hit of colour that is neither orange nor leaves you looking like Ross Gellar. I’m a big fan!
I mix a little in to my evening moisturiser, and since it’s colour-correcting I feel like it perfects my complexion too – hides redness and minimises imperfections and all that.

Come morning, I start with the Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer, a great all-rounder for giving you divine skin in a quick slap-on application.
It’s the kind of product that gives you an even, radiant base to work with – so foundation application is easy peasy!

Speaking of foundation, I absolutely have to give a shout out to my numero uno right now. NARS Sheer Glow worked its way back in to my stash and I am obsessed. I’ve found the best way to apply this is with a Beautyblender – although I’ve never been a fan of these before!
I run it under warm water, squeeze it out so it’s nice and soft and only slightly damp, and then stipple the product in, moving quickly and applying a touch more over problem areas. So dewy, so perfecting… it’s next level skin in a bottle!

For under my eyes, I’m loving the new Estee Lauder Custom Coverage Correcting Duo. This has a light and heavy option and is available in a ton of shades to correct everything from redness to blemishes and pesky dark circles!

And then there’s highlighter. This time it’s not so much the highlighter I adore (I’m using the Illamasqua Beyond Powder… what does everyone think of this? I’m undecided), as it is the brush.
I discovered these fan brushes for applying highlight and I’m CONVERTED. I used to use a blusher brush and would wonder why I resembled a disco ball, but the slim fan shape means you can dust the perfect amount of product on to cheekbones, Cupid’s Bow, brow bones and even the very end of your nose. It’s life-changing, and no I am not exaggerating. I use this Body Shop version, FYI.

Finally, let me end on an absolute favourite makeup tip of mine at the moment. Warm tones on the lower lash line. If you’re in to low-maintenance looks with a punch, this is it. I have blue eyes and I find warm metallic golds or rosy champagne shimmers smudged in to my lower lashes looks incredible – my favourite is this now discontinued Kiko Cream Shadow Stick in 01, but I’ve been all about the new Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow Sticks too. A touch of glitter finishes off every look, if you ask me.
I dare you to give it a go – and let me know what you think!

Oh, I do love an ultra glowy makeup look. Have you tried any of these?

Shop the Post