An overwhelming majority of HM readers requested I focus more on skincare for 2018, so I decided to put together this easy skincare and makeup tutorial. A big thank-you to all those who voted in my recent IG poll! Make sure you’re following me (@maduhlyn_) to participate in any future polls.
Although a lot of people prefer the matte look–especially during the colder months–instead of the hydrated look, I love a fresh, dewy face year-round. And besides, spring is right around the corner (or so I keep telling myself…)
I 100-percent believe in Glossier’s skin first, makeup second mantra, so for the ultimate glossy look, I recommend starting with a clean face, then going in with a couple different serums and moisturizers. Don’t forget that healthy skin comes from the inside, out–drinking a ton of water and maintaining a healthy diet (and lifestyle!) are essentials for a glowing complexion.
For today’s look I washed my face with Glossier‘s Milky Jelly Cleanser, a super gentle formula that’s great for the wintertime when the skin is easily irritated, then went in with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, as well as Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Unscented Toner.
Serums are a great way to give your skin lots of nutrients in a little time, and Glossier‘s Super Glow has been a go-to for me since May. Vitamin C works to brighten the complexion, while Magnesium energizes tired skin cells. Three drops once a day is all it takes for that “lit from within” look. (Super Glow also evens skin tone and creates a light-reflective complexion when used over time).
On days I choose to mask, I always do so between serum-ing and moisturizing. Sheet masks are an easy and inexpensive way to get glowing skin almost instantly. And because there are so many on the market, I’ve tried a ton of different ones.
For a hydration boost, look for a formula with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water, leaving skin moisturized and plump. Ingredients such as Ceramides 3 and 6, collagen, honey, red algae, snail mucin and Vitamin E also work to give skin that softened, dewy look.
After leaving the mask on for about 15 minutes, I’ll rub the leftover essence all over my neck and décolletage, then let my skin air dry before going in with Glossier‘s original Priming Moisturizer.
This buildable hydrating cream preps the skin for makeup by giving it a really healthy and bouncy glow; skin is fresh-faced and makeup goes on smoothly, but as Glossier’s site states, you may find that you need less of it. The “priming” portion of this product blurs pores, soothes redness and evens texture. (And it provides the skin with an antioxidant blend for protection.)
On the extra dry areas (for me, this tends to be around my eyebrows), I’ll add a combo of Priming Moisturizer and Glossier‘s Moisturizing Moon Mask. This mask really makes you shine in all the right places; in addition to a spot treatment, I love using it overnight all-over my face.
Then, I’ll add a layer of Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm to prep my lips, which has a barely there pink hue that brightens subtly.
For a little natural-looking coverage I’ll mix Bali Body’s BB Cream in Natural with Glossier‘s Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium. I am seriously loving this combo lately because it’s weightless and it gives me just the right amount of coverage with a dewy finish.
To hide any problem areas, such as the darkness under my eyes or the redness around my nose, I’ll go in with Glossier‘s Stretch Concealer in Medium. Those of you who read Haute Mess regularly have heard me rave about this product a million times, but it really can’t be beat.
It looks so natural because it “melts” into the skin and *actually* stretches over spots to conceal them while maintaining a bright, real-skin finish. And no matter how much I layer on, it never seems to look caky.
So the concealer under my eyes stays in place, I’ll go in with a tiny bit of Glossier‘s Wowder in Light/Medium. I know what you’re thinking–powder?! For a glossy look??–but I’m only using it under the eyes, I promise.
Even under bright flash (think: passport and driver’s license photos), Wowder is undetectable on the skin, so you’ll never have to worry about it affecting your skin tone or settling into any fine lines.
While most setting powders leave the skin looking 2-dimensional, Wowder is full of diamond powder and vitamin E, which give it a glow-y, silky finish. It’s really the perfect complement to Stretch Concealer. I use the pointed tip of the precise-yet-fluffy brush to set concealer under my eyes so makeup stays in place.
After combing and curling my lashes, I take a little bit of Milk Makeup’s Eye Vinyl in Bridge on my ring finger and gently dab it all over my eyelids. Then, I’ll take a little more on my pinky so I can build up the glow in both my inner and outer corners, and finish with two coats of L’Oréal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black.
To brighten up the face, I also use my fingers to tap a little Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm directly onto the apples of my cheeks. Unlike traditional powder blushes, this multitasking balm enhances the glow-y effect we’re going for here.
It’s not a glossy skin look without tons of highlight, so Glossier‘s Haloscope in Moonstone is a must! This formula comes in three shades, but Moonstone definitely gives me that sweaty-looking skin that I’m after. I apply it directly to my cheekbones, as well as to the orbital bones around my eyes, then tap the edges with my fingers to blend.
Then, I’ll add some to my pinky to highlight the brow bones and cupid’s bow, in addition to the bridge and tip of my nose. The outer halo is infused with crystal extracts, while the inner blend of oils gives you a dewy–never glittery–finish. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind highlight.
I can’t do my makeup without a couple layers of Glossier‘s Boy Brow in Brown. This cult-favorite brow enhancer adds natural-looking volume and pigment, and helps keep the hairs in place for hours on end. I always start in the middle of each brow, working my way towards the end, then go back to coat the “sprouts” in the inner portion of each brow, brushing upwards.
So that the makeup “melts” into my skin as much as possible, I traded my usual mattifying setting spray from Boscia for a few more spritz of Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray, which doesn’t compromise the glow.
Glossier‘s Lip Gloss gives the lips glassy, cushiony shine that’s far from goopy or sticky. There’s no glitter or pigment in this formula, either, so lips are truly left with a 100-percent glossy finish–nothing else. The doe-foot applicator makes it really easy to apply; two coats usually does it for me.