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Get the Look: Sun-Kissed, Dewy Skin

Get The Look

Makeup trends are constantly changing and evolving. There are always different looks that are more popular during different times. For a long time, having perfectly matte porcelain skin was the it look. Now, trends tend to be turning more towards a dewy, sun-kissed look. This look is flattering on all skin types and all ages. Dewy skin is a sign of youth, so achieving this look on a more mature client is ideal. There are a few different ways to achieve this look. Here are a few…

First off, getting that sun-kissed glow…

Adding a little warmth flatters any skin tone, if done properly. Achieving that sun-kissed look is just a few steps away. Lucky are those with naturally sun-kissed skin, but for those of us who need some help to achieve the look, we can do so by using a few simple products. Using a self-tanner is always a great way to achieve a safe sun-kissed glow, but if you are looking for a quick fix, try a liquid bronzer or bronzing gel. Apply it before any makeup and be sure to apply the product all the way down your neck (if applying on a client, use a foundation brush for your application). A product like this can be used on any skin tone, even extremely pale skin – just be sure to blend! Look for a “bronzer gel” or “liquid bronzer,” like this product from Clarins called “Self-Tanning Instant Gel.”

Next up, adding a dewy sheen to the skin…

Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

Personally, I love the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer! Use this product on its own or mix with a foundation. If you decide to use this product on its own, I suggest setting with a matte powder or bronzer to take down a bit of the sheen.

Illuminating Primer

There are tons of illuminating primers out there. This is a great one by Fresh called Twilight Fresh Faced Glow. Apply before foundation for that lit from within glow coming from underneath the foundation.

Liquid Illuminator

Liquid illuminators are a more concentrated formula. That means they are almost opaque in their finish. That being said, you want to be more careful with your application. A liquid illuminator is perfect for mixing with foundations or applied sparingly to certain areas of the face. Lightly tap and blend with your fingertips onto the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or anywhere you want to highlight. Usually these products come in a few different shades. Choosing an appropriate shade for your skin tone is important. For example, this Illamasqua illuminator comes in three shades: “Glimmer – Golden Tan,” “Odyssey – White Pearl” and “Poised – Pale Pink.” A darker or olive complexion would benefit from the golden tan shade while a more porcelain skin would complement the white pearl shade.

Any of these three products is a great way to add light reflection and an illuminating finish to your look. Like I said, mixing a liquid illuminator with your foundation is a great option, and using an illuminating primer as the base for your foundation will do the trick as well.

Follow up with a bronzer and blush to finish the look and ta-dah! Beautiful, dewy, sun-kissed skin!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


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