The Best Makeup Tips for Glowing Skin

Healthy glowing skin is a big part of looking and feeling your best but it’s also something a lot of women struggle with. Knowing how to apply makeup properly doesn’t necessarily mean also knowing how to get glowing skin. In fact, when I’m asked about makeup tips, makeup tips for glowing skin are probably the most common request. For that reason, I’ve compiled this list of the best makeup tips for glowing skin to hopefully answer any questions you may have on the subject. Put them to good use and get healthier looking glowing skin today.

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Best Makeup Tips for Glowing Skin: Know What You Need

Before I touch my eye makeup or any other cosmetic products I plan to use, I always take care of my skin first and there are always at least seven products involved in that process. First I’ll give you the list and then we’ll talk about each item a bit more in detail. These seven products are:

  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Highlighter
  • Contouring Product
  • Blush

Primer: Primer is one of the most important products I put on my face each and every day. Some ladies opt out of using primer and choose to instead use moisturizer or skin lotion. While that is fine, I prefer primer for a few reasons. First, primer keeps the oil in check. Second, a good primer also helps moisturize the skin. Third, primer fills in fine lines or creases in your skin and offers a smooth base for the rest of your makeup. Finally, and most importantly to me, applying primer before you apply the rest of your makeup gives the rest of that makeup something to cling to, keeping your makeup in place longer. When I’m looking for a primer, I always look for a light gel sort of formula. A light gel primer won’t clog your pores and will still give you all the benefit of heavier primers. I also like primers that have anti-aging properties like primers that contain anti-oxidant vitamins. There are lots of great options out there and you should be able to find your perfect product at your local drug or department store.
Foundation: Finding the right foundation for you can be tricky because there are a lot of options out there. I’m going to focus an entire article on foundation types and choosing the right type for your needs so I’m not going to go into too much detail here but your basic options are:

  • Cream: Very heavy and somewhat obvious, cream foundation is great for covering serious blemishes and imperfections but it’s really only a viable option for nighttime as it’s heaviness makes it look unnatural.
  • Dual Finish: This one is a great option, offering you the benefits of a powder and a base foundation. It can be a bit more expensive but for many women, it’s definitely worth spending the extra money on.
  • Liquid: This option is fairly versatile, offering a wide variety of coverage levels.
  • Tinted Moisturizer: This option is mostly for ladies who have near perfect skin. It is light and evens out the skin tone but doesn’t offer much in the way of serious blemish coverage.

Knowing your skin and knowing what you need from your foundation goes a long way toward helping you choose the right foundation but regardless of what type you choose to go with, it’s important to remember foundation. Foundation gives your skin and even tone, helps hide blemishes and masks any skin discoloration. That’s obvious all very important. Look for a foundation that offers at least some level of SPF to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Concealer: As with foundation, there are many different types of concealer out there. I find all different types of concealer can be useful for different things so I keep a variety in my makeup bag, all in roughly the same shade so I can always match my concealer and foundation as much as possible. Whether you prefer hard stick concealers, creamy concealers, concealers in a jar, concealers applied from the stick or concealers that use a brush, having a decent concealer is vital for getting glowing skin, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. Not sure what’s right for you? Experiment! Try out a few different things until you find what works best for you. If you experiment with different products, you’ll be able to figure out what works best for what kinds of jobs.
Powder: You only really have two options when it comes to powder: Loose powder and pressed powder. I personally prefer pressed powder because it’s a bit heavier and lasts longer without being reapplied. It also gives better coverage than the much lighter loose powder. Loose powder can be a great option though if you’re looking for a lighter product and don’t really need the longevity of pressed powder, say if you’re only going out for a short time, or if you don’t mind reapplying the product every now and again.
Highlighter and contouring product: While listed separately in the list above, I’d recommend going with a decent combo product here. While I do have highlighters and while I do have contouring products, I use my combo set most often. It saves room in my travel makeup bag and really does the job every bit as good as separate products would. Some insist these products aren’t necessary but in my experience, you can’t get glowing skin without these products. The purpose of highlighters and contouring products is to make certain features pop while disguising others. You’ll be using your highlighter product to do exactly what the same suggests – highlight. Highlighters are light colored products with a bit of shimmer that draw features out. Contouring products are darker and are sort of shadowy, adding depth.
Blush: I know many are going to feel bronzer should be on the list of essentials but I honestly don’t believe it’s absolutely necessary. I only really use bronzer for contouring but I use blush every time I wear makeup. I consider blush a necessity for glowing skin because that pop of color is really what gives your skin that healthy looking, fresh faced glow that’s so desirable. You can opt for a cream blush or pressed powder blush but in all honesty, I don’t really have a preference on this one. Pressed powder blush does last a bit longer and is a bit easier to apply but cream blush has its place too.

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Best Makeup Tips for Glowing Skin: A Step By Step Guide

I’m not a big Kim Kardashian fan but, for better or for worse, when I think of healthy, glowing skin, I think of Kim K. We’ve already offered up a Kim Kardashian makeup tutorial (which you can read here) and we touched on how to get Kim Kardashian’s glowing skin a bit there. This tutorial is similar but is a little bit more detailed because we’re focusing entirely on the skin instead of an entire makeup look.
Step One: I always start by applying my primer. I put primer anywhere I’ll be applying other makeup including my eyelids.
Step Two: With your primer all ready to go, move on to foundation. Foundation should always be applied by making small circles all over your face and neck using your clean fingers or a circular sponge. Blend it (still working in a circular motion) by patting it instead of wiping it. You’ll use less makeup and will get better, more even coverage. Make sure you blend your foundation along your jaw and down into your neck. Keep blending until your foundation looks natural to avoid making your foundation look like a mask.
Step Three: The biggest mistake you can make with concealer is using too much. Only apply concealer where imperfections show through the foundation. In other words, if you have dark circles under your eyes, patches of dark skin or blemishes that weren’t covered entirely by your foundation, you’re going to use the concealer there. Once again, pat your foundation to blend it instead of wiping at it. If you’re going to be using cream blush, you should apply it now (see step seven).
Step Four: After concealer has been applied and blended, it’s time to add the powder. If you’re going for matte finish, you can opt to use powder instead of foundation in step two. If you go to heavy on the powder, take a large powder brush with soft bristles to sweep your entire face. This will get rid of the extra powder while still giving you an even finish.
Step Five: You now have your basic makeup in place. It’s time to lock it in with a little powder. How you apply it will depend on the type of powder you’ve opted for. If you’re using loose powder, you’ll want to apply it with a big, bushy brush over your entire face. A light dusting is all you’ll need. If you’re using pressed powder, you’re not going to want to apply it to your entire face. Instead, focus on your face’s trouble zones. For most women, this will be above the upper lip, around the eyes, across the forehead and on the nose. Use the sponge that came with the pressed powder, rub it in the powder and dab it on your face, making sure you blend it. When you’re done, look for any obvious lines and blend them with a bushy brush. This gives you a nice even finish.
Step Six: We’ve used steps one through five to give you a beautiful foundation to work with. It’s now time to add a little depth and draw out your best features. You’ll be using your contouring and highlighting products for this. We’re going to talk about how to properly use these items more in depth in another article but for now, we’ll just keep things basic. You can make your face look narrower and make the cheekbones pop by adding a little contour to the hollows of your cheeks and applying your highlighter to the top of the cheekbone. If you’d like to go more in depth with these products, you certainly can but it all depends on what you want to do with your features so until we talk about what you can do with these products more in depth, I’ll have to leave it at that for now. Play around with these products and see what you can do on your own in the meantime. You might be surprised by what they can do.
Step Seven: Now that we have the foundation in place and have done our contouring and highlighting, it’s time to finish up with a little blush or bronzer. First things first, I have nothing against bronzer. I use it from time to time, mostly as a highlighter, but sometimes I like to use it to give my skin a tanned glow. To get a tanned glow, you’re going to use a big, bushy brush to apply a light dusting of bronzer over your face, neck and chest. Make sure you don’t leave any obvious lines. If you do, use a clean, soft bristled brush to blend the lines. Go for a very light dusting here. If you use too much, the bronzer will look unnatural. If you opt out of bronzer, we’ll just be using blush. If you’re using cream blush, you’re going to apply it after your foundation but before you apply powder. Regardless of whether you’re using cream blush or pressed powder blush, where you apply it and how you blend it is basically the same. The only real difference is in the method of application and when you’ll be applying it. Smile in the mirror to find the apples of your cheeks and apply a little blush to those apples. You don’t need a lot. A little blush goes a long way. Blend the blush toward your temples whether you’re using powder or cream. You want that color to extend beyond the apples to give it a more natural look. With the blush in place, we’re all done.

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The Best Makeup Tips for Glowing Skin: A Few Things to Keep in Mind

Before I wrap this up, there are just a few more tips for glowing skin I’d like to share. First, is the old trick of mixing your foundation with a little moisturizer before applying it to your face. I used to put moisturizer on my face, let it dry and then apply my foundation and the rest of my makeup but this trick more or less eliminates the need for that – definitely one of my favorite tips for glowing skin. If I’m going for a less dewy look though, I skip out on the moisturizer entirely.

The second tip is to the ladies out there who have a little hair on the upper lip. I am one of those ladies. I’ve also learned this tip through first hand experience – never shave or wax your upper lip before applying makeup. If you have to shave or wax, do it before bed so you’re ready to apply makeup in the morning. Shaving leaves your pores open. Applying makeup over open pores can lead to breakouts.

Add a cooling gel to your before bed beauty routine. I swear by my cooling gel. The stuff is fabulous. Look for a gel that has aloe, cucumber, lavender and similar ingredients and apply it to your face before you hit the sack. Cooling gel works to reduce irritation or inflammation in the skin and can go a long way toward reducing breakouts and giving you much healthier skin.

Take advantage of the benefits of a smooth, matte look. I know there are a lot of women out there who aren’t interesting in trading up their old classics for new mineral versions but don’t worry – you don’t have to. Instead, invest in a single mineral product – a high quality mineral powder. Dust a little bit off after your makeup is applied and you’ll have a beautiful, smooth and glowing look. If you want to get that sun kissed look without using bronzer, choose a mineral powder that is a shade (a shade only – no more than that) darker than your natural skin tone. This gives you a beautiful, glowing tanned look.

Finally, you need to take care of your skin if you want it to have a healthy glow, even if you are using cosmetics to enhance that glow. It’s much easier to work with skin that is already healthy. While many of us don’t have perfect skin, simply washing off all of your makeup before bed (before you apply your cooling gel) can significantly improve how healthy your skin is. A lot of women forget. Don’t be one of them. If you want healthy skin, make sure you get rid of the makeup when the day is done.

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