I definitely live by Glossier’s “Skin first. Makeup second” motto. (I suppose that’s why they thought I’d make a good Rep!) So, I am always thrilled when I find a makeup product that works great *and* has added skincare benefits.

At the beginning of the year, I took a poll via Instagram (@maduhlyn_) to better gauge the interest of all my followers. In addition to more personal style content, Haute Mess readers requested I do more skincare-related posts. I thought skin-loving makeup would be a topic my community would really enjoy!

Bali body BB Cream: Most HM readers know that I much prefer BB creams and lightweight skin tins over traditional foundation (and that I talk about this product in particular ad nauseam on here). In addition to natural-looking coverage, Bali Body’s formula is loaded with essential skincare. Hyaluronic acid provides long-lasting moisture, while marine collagen restores elasticity and green tea fights bacteria and inflammation. All three of these ingredients work together to create a smooth, plump and even base.

Glossier Cloud Paint: Much like Bali Body’s BB Cream, this gel-cream blush contains collagen. This ingredient holds a ton of moisture to soften and plump the skin, restoring its youthful appearance. Cloud Paint‘s build-able consistency really enhances your natural complexion and gives you that flushed-from-within glow!

Glossier Haloscope: Even though this one-of-a-kind highlighter was my first-ever Glossier purchase, I don’t talk about Haloscope nearly enough on HM.

This dual-effect highlighter delivers shimmer (thanks to its outer ring made of real crystal extracts), as well as a naturally dewy glow (because its inner core is a mix of coconut and castor seed oils).

Similarly, Haloscope contains sweet almond oil, an intensely nourishing and moisturizing ingredient that smooths and softens the skin. Because of this, Haloscope never emphasizes texture–unlike so many other highlighters.

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday: The best lip balm ever! A double dose of emollients castor seed oil and lanolin lock-in moisture and provide relief for sensitive skin. Meanwhile, cupacu fruit extract (rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) provides long-lasting hydration that melts into the skin; beeswax not only moisturizers, but it also creates a barrier to protect the lips.

Antioxidant extracts from rice bran and rosemary lead combat skin damage caused by free radicals. Balm Dotcom in Birthday does all this while leaving your lips with a gorgeous holographic shimmer and a good-enough-to-eat birthday cake scent.

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Don’t get me wrong—matte lips are all right. But I totally prefer a glossy lip (or something with at least a little sheen).

I have been indulging in the world of lip gloss since I was about 10-years-old, so trust me when I say that I know my stuff.

While matte lips can easily look dry, crusty and messy if they are not applied/maintained properly, you really can’t go wrong with a gloss. They make your lips appear fuller and require less precision and babysitting (ideal for the on-the-go lives we millennials seem to live)!

Although I love just about every lip gloss I meet, some are definitely better than others. The following are my absolute favs 😉

Kylie Cosmetics Sugar Plum: Every shade in Kylie’s In Love With The Koko set is truly gorgeous, but the gloss is something else! This gorgeous warm nude is insanely shimmery and shiny, creating a high-impact look. Loaded with gold reflects, Sugar Plum pairs perfectly with all those bronze-y makeup products–perfect for transforming yourself into a glow-y goddess. From the In Love With The Koko set, Kylie Cosmetics, $40

Glossier Lip Gloss: Like MAC’s Lip Glass, but better! With no shimmer, sparkle or pigment of any kind, this Lip Gloss will leave your lips with a crystal-clear glassy shine. The Vitamin E-rich formula means that this guy is non-sticky and never goopy. (Plus, it won’t cause your lips to peel!)

Lip Gloss works great over pretty much any lip color (especially Glossier’s Generation G range), but I really love wearing it on its own. $14, Glossier

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm: This is the first “grown-up” lip gloss I ever owned. And with a name like Orgasm, it definitely isn’t the gloss I had as a kid.

If you love the post-bedroom flush NARS’ cult-favorite cheek color gives your face, you’ll totally be into the lip gloss version!

Although I have yet to do so, I would definitely be down to try this lightweight formula in other shades. (I’ve had my eyes on Hot Sand for the longest time!) $26, Sephora

NYX Butter Gloss: I own way too many of these. But, they have such rich color payoff for a gloss, so I really can’t help it! Bold colors, killer shine and complete lack of shimmer/sparkles instantly made Butter Gloss my favorite lip product from the drugstore.

Tiramisu is a universally flattering nude shade that I know I can count on time and time again. $4.99, Ulta

Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child: When I wrote about this product in a monthly favorites post not too long ago, I mentioned that it was the best lip gloss ever—and I definitely stand by that claim now!

Moon Child is a light pink-ish nude with the tiniest gold reflects throughout. It isn’t super-pigmented, but the creamy color is definitely noticeable–making this gloss perfect for throwing over any nude lip liner (my go-to is ColourPop’s Oh Snap) and heading out the door. $6, ColourPop

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No matter how gorgeous a makeup look is, it won’t live up to its full potential without a strong foundation (pun fully intended).

Creating a base that perfects my skin’s appearance while still maintaining that real-skin look is super important to me. I hate looking unnatural or caky, so I’ve never worn a traditional foundation.

Although innovations in the beauty industry have made possible huge improvements in the look and feel of foundation, I just can’t get with it. (But I do have my eyes on NARS’ Matte Foundation Stick…)

Instead, I put skincare first so I don’t need full-coverage makeup, which allows me to focus on lighter, build-able formulas like the ones listed here.

Just like makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes says, as long as your skin and brows look natural, you can have as much fun with the other stuff (i.e., eyes, cheeks and lips) as you want 😉

Primers:

Primers are necessary for several reasons! First and foremost, they protect your skin from absorbing too much makeup, which has a tendency to clog the pores. They also add to the longevity of your makeup’s wear while smoothing skin’s surface for a more even application.

My skin is on the oily side, so I gravitate towards pore-refining primers. With some product on my fingertips, I gently press it into the skin where my pores are visible (my t-zone). Then, I’ll go in with a moisturizing primer (like Glossier’s!) everywhere else. I love First Aid Beauty’s because it combines the best of both worlds; it minimizes pores *and* moisturizes for a smooth surface.

  • Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer, $22-$45, Sephora
  • Priming Moisturizer, $22, Glossier
  • First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, $30, Sephora

Foundations:

Bali Body BB Cream (Natural): This has been my holy grail for over a year, and I am super-reluctant to try anything else! I am obsessed with the glowy, buildable coverage it gives. Certain days, when my skin is really behaving and the darkness under my eyes is minimal, BB Cream is the only product I’ll wear.

The ingredients (hydronic acid, marine collagen and green tea) can’t be beat. They combine to give your face a glow-y, natural finish (think: your skin but better). And it allows any products you put on top (like bronzer or blush) to blend perfectly–no patchiness whatsoever! $29.95, Bali Body

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (Medium): Although I do wear this product on its own sometimes, I mostly keep it on-hand to mix with BB Cream when I’m on the pale side.

It works with your skin, not against it! Instead of sitting on top and caking up, Perfecting Skin Tint sinks in. And like pretty much everything else Glossier makes, the formula is silky and moisturizing. It really is the ideal product to mix with darker or heavier makeup when your tan fades or when you just want less coverage. $26, Glossier

Concealers:

I have two go-to concealers: one for fuller coverage when I’m creating an intense eye makeup look, and another for my no-makeup makeup days. Both are important to me!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Light Neutral): After all the hype on YouTube and from fellow bloggers, I invested in this product, and, to be honest, was a little disappointed at first. It looked extremely flakey on me even though it seemed to look flawless on everyone else.

So, I played around with it some more and finally got the hang of it–and started loving it. Now, I can’t imagine not having Shape Tape for all those bold eye looks!

For me, this product works best on well-moisturized skin (otherwise it can look flakey). I definitely recommend going in with an eye cream beforehand.

A little goes a long way with Shape Tape. I put it on my skin with the wand, then tap it out with my fingers. After that, I use ColorPop’s stippling brush in a buffing motion for flawless coverage. This works everywhere–my under-eyes, around my nose, wherever–and has really made all the difference when it comes to this concealer.

For more coverage, I’ll repeat those steps. I love that Shape Tape doesn’t look cake-y, even after two layers! $27, Ulta

Glossier Stretch Concealer (Medium): The best, most user-friendly concealer ever! I couldn’t be happier that I kicked my Erase Paste habit and tried Glossier’s instead. Even though I love almost everything from Benefit, Stretch really outshines their range of concealers.

I apply it with my ring finger, then let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds before blending. This really allows the product to get tacky, and the tackier consistency provides fuller coverage.

Stretch is a brightening concealer with the most gorgeous neutral undertones–not too pink, not too yellow! I’ve mentioned a few times on Haute Mess that it really does “stretch” over blemishes, giving that skin-like finish that I love.

Similar to Shape Tape, I will go in with a second layer of Stretch when and where I need it. $18, Glossier

Powders:

As someone with normal-to-oily skin, powder is a necessary step for me when wearing makeup! If I skip it, other products (especially my concealer!) tend to slide around. I have two go-to powders that I love equally: one to pair with fuller coverage makeup, and another for lighter coverage makeup.

Both these products are skin-toned, meaning that neither of them give off that annoying and far-from-flattering white cast that other powders do.

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder (Medium): This powder is like magic. Not only does it provide a little more coverage on top of my BB Cream, Skin Tint and/or concealer, it makes me look completely pore-less! As the name states, Lock-It Blotting Powder also keeps makeup in place and oils at bay for hours on end. $29, Sephora

Glossier Wowder (Light/Medium): I know that I’ve spoken about Wowder a ton on here, but it really is *that* good. Infused with diamond powder and Vitamin E, Wowder gives the skin an oh-so-subtle sheen and a non-flat finish. It reduces shine, sets makeup, then vanishes into the skin without caking or settling into fine lines. Perfect for day and night! $22, Glossier

Setting Spray:

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+: I bought this cult-favorite setting spray for the first time ever a few months ago and already, I don’t want to use anything else in its place! Setting sprays I’ve used in the past always got the job done, but never like this.

Fix+ enhances the look of makeup, whether you spray it on your face after your look is complete, or spray it on your brushes for bolder color payoff during application.

The vitamin- and mineral-rich formula (which includes green tea, chamomile and cucumber) melts makeup into the skin, making any powdery finishes disappear. Because it is a professional-quality product, I always trust Fix+ to prolong makeup’s wear, too! $26, MAC Cosmetics

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On Monday I shared with you my top Glossier skincare products. Now, I am excited to take it a step further by rounding up my five favorite, can’t-live-without-’em makeup products from the cult beauty brand!

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I am so thrilled to be celebrating my one-year anniversary as a Glossier Rep here, on Haute Mess, all week long! I also want to take the time to thank YOU, my readers, for your continued support throughout the past year; it means so much to me.

Stretch Concealer: Instead of foundation, I use a spot concealer to even out my skin‘s tone. Stretch Concealer applies seamlessly (unlike other spot concealers I’ve tried), camouflaging blemishes, redness and dark circles. To make this userfriendly product even easier, I always let the warmth of my fingers blend Stretch into my skin–no tools necessary!

This product definitely lives up to its name; it stretches over spots without compromising coverage, especially when you allow it about 30 seconds to get tacky before blending it out. Stretch also neutralizes redness and dark circles with an unbeatable real-skin finish. For me, it is the perfect everyday concealer.

Wowder: Glossier formulated the setting/blotting powder of my dreams! I actually have a whole post dedicated to this one-of-a-kind powder, so I won’t go into too much detail here.

But, I will say that with normal-to-oily skin, powder is pretty much a necessity for me. Otherwise, all other makeup tends to slip right off if I don’t put a powder on top. Not all powders are created equally, though.

Most tend to sit on the skin, emphasizing dry patches and looking caky. Wowder, on the other hand, keeps excess oils at bay and makeup in place with a flawless, never-flat finish.

Wowder is virtually undetectable on the skin, even under bright flash. It doesn’t affect skin’s tone or settle into any fine lines–ever. Thanks to diamond powder and Vitamin E, it looks glowy and smooth all day long!

I use Wowder day and night, for both casual and formal occasions (and everything in between).

(Plus, the packaging is great. The trampoline mesh ensures you never waste any product, while the brush is equal parts dense and soft.)

Boy Brow: Even though I have naturally full brows, Boy Brow keeps my hairs in place all day. The applicator makes it easy to brush “sprouts” upwards, making you look more awake and polished.

I use the brown shade to fill in any small gaps and make my entire makeup look look put-together. A little eyebrow makeup is essential for me when the rest of my face is done up, or else my brows tend to get lost.

If I accidentally get a little Boy Brow on my skin, there is never any reason to worry. I just let it dry (it takes between five and 10 seconds), then wipe it away with my ring finger. Quick and easy!

Did you see my recent IG post on how I apply Dusk and Haze? It went live after Glamour mag printed a feature on Cloud Paint.

Cloud Paint: This gel-creme blush definitely took some getting used to, but now that I have the hang of it, I can’t get enough!

I mentioned on Instagram over the weekend that my favorite shades are Haze and Dusk, but I love Beam, too. While Haze is a gorgeous berry color ideal for creating a post-workout flush without the workout, Dusk is a super easy, natural-looking way to create a little definition and to contour those cheekbones.

Beam is my go-to for no-makeup makeup days. It gives a really fresh, sun-kissed glow on the apples of the cheeks, and I’m obsessed.

Lip Gloss: No sparkles, no pigment, no fuss–just long-lasting, nourishing, glassy shine.

I love the look of a glossy lip, but most formulas make my pout peel like crazy. Not Glossier’s, though! This thick gloss, rich in Vitamin E and conditioning polymers, ensures a nourishing and non-goopy experience for the lips, whether it’s worn alone or on top of a lipstick or stain.

Want to shop Glossier with me?

Click here, or visit glossier.com/reps/madalyn 🙂

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As a Rep, one question I receive a lot is, “What are your favorite Glossier products?”

I love, love, looove Glossier makeup, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to this cult-favorite brand (and beauty in general), I definitely choose skincare over makeup.

To celebrate my 1-year anniversary as a Glossier Rep (I can’t believe it either!), I’ll be dishing G-related content on Haute Mess all week long! And I figured there is no better place to start than with the basics: skincare. (After all, the brand’s motto is “Skin first, makeup second.”)

Though it is pretty difficult for me to narrow it down to just five great products, there are definitely some that stand out more than others.

You’ve already heard me talk about how great these products are in various posts throughout the past year (and beyond), so I’ll try my best not to blab too much about them here today 😉

Balm Dotcom: Ever since I started using Balm Dotcom, I have completely disregarded all other lip balms. A little goes an extremely long way with this long-lasting universal skin salve that (in addition to the original unflavored version) is available in five flavors: Birthday, Cherry, Coconut, Mint and Rose.

If I had to pick, Coconut would be my favorite, but Birthday is a close second. No matter which one I choose, however, these guys *always* have my back through tough workouts, long commutes and harsh weather.

Solution: To say that this chemical exfoliator changed the game for me would be a complete understatement.

For months I struggled with a huge problem area on one side of my forehead, and nothing I did seemed to provide real results–until I tried Solution.

After using this product every day for about six weeks, the problem area cleared up completely! Now, I use Solution 3 to 4 times per week to keep my skin even and clear.

(If you would like to read more about my experience with Solution, check out my previous blog posts here and here.)

Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: As I’ve said a million times, I am a total mask junkie–and Glossier’s is definitely in my top 3. Although Mega Greens is super gentle, it is effective. And the effects are noticeable as soon as it’s washed off.

The Kaolin clay sucks up impurities and excess oils, while the nutrients from greens like parsley, spinach and cress sprout protect the skin from environmental pollutants.

Mega Greens also contains an antioxidant blend of eight powerful, vitamin- and omega-rich super-fruits that protects the skin from damage. This mask truly lives up to Glossier’s claim that it is “like a juice cleanse for your face.”

Tiny specks of bitter orange peel gently exfoliate the skin, wiping away dead cells, and avocado oil and aloe ensure this exfoliating clay mask isn’t too irritating or drying.

Every time I wash Mega Greens off, my skin feels incredibly soft and clean, and it looks noticeably brighter, too! I always keep it in my medicine cabinet because I use it about once a week.

Invisible Shield: Invisible Shield SPF+ is another game-changing product for me!

I’ve been wearing sunscreen on my face during the summertime since I was about 20, but I was never happy about it. Other formulas, even from trustworthy brands like Clinique, left a white cast, felt greasy and irritated my eyes big time.

Now, thanks to Invisible Shield, I wear sunscreen every single day, no questions asked. I love how this clear, serum-like formula soaks into the skin almost instantly, providing a chemical barrier from the sun’s rays, as well as from free radicals and pollution. It goes completely undetected on the skin and feels like nothing!

Don’t be fooled by the small bottle, either. The serum-y formula spreads evenly to cover your whole face with as little product as possible.

(For more on Invisible Shield, read my in-depth review!)

Priming Moisturizer: This multitasking moisturizer does wonders for my complexion. After 23 years of avoiding moisturizers at all costs, I finally became a daily user about one year ago (shortly after I became a Glossier Rep, not-so-coincidentally)

I love Priming Moisturizer because, while moisturizing, it also reduces redness drastically and blurs imperfections. This product definitely makes me feel super confident about my skin. And, much like Balm Dotcom, a little goes a long way with Priming Moisturizer. So, it takes me a couple months to go through one tube.

Want to shop Glossier with me?

Click here, or visit glossier.com/reps/madalyn 🙂

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