A Few Of My Favorite Things: End-Of-Summer Makeup
Summer’s motto is less is more, and although I love a deep aubergine lip or a smokey slate eye, I’m not quite ready to let go of my barely-there makeup looks. Come fall, there are days when I still want to appear like I’m not trying too hard, and the key to an undone/ done look is starting with a flawless complexion (more on this in a later post), and adding a bit of glow…everywhere.
Here are six products I’m currently coveting for natural glowy vibes:
I’d be remiss to write this post without starting it off with Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops ($135). Technically a skincare product, I love using this as part of my makeup routine. You can apply by mixing a few drops into your moisturizer or foundation, but I actually use the Glow Drops on top of my makeup — as a final step, dabbing on cheekbones. It sinks into the skin beautifully, doesn’t leave any streaks, and actually breaks up harsh lines created by bronzers and blushes.
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes in Petal Metal ($29) offers a range of shimmering nudes and golds, including the looks-good-on-every-skin-tone rose gold, for a sultry, shimmery eye. I’m into the tawny-beiges and shimmering rose golds to add a wash of color, without seeming too made up. If you prefer a bold eye, and at night, I certainly do, this palette can appease. Just add the dark brown to the crease and smoke it out. Remember to blend everything so it looks creaseless.
You’ll notice that I have a lot of highlighter products in my repertoire, and that’s because I love mixing textures, colors, and consistencies (I also just LOVE highlighter). The Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42) is a perfect multitasker for a swipe of flush with a glowy finish. Bare/Nude Glow, a subtle pink with nude undertones, is light and natural, and you can actually apply it to lips and eyes, too.
More highlighters: RMS Living Luminzer in Champagne Rosé ($38) is what my life (and face) was missing. The color is slightly rosier than your average golden champagne shade, but it’s the formula that really sets this highlighter apart. It’s sheen, almost sheer, with just a touch of shimmer and a gorgeous glowy finish. I actually love to use this on my eyelids to make them pop a bit when I’m not wanting a full eye look, but it’s also amazing on lips (even over a lipstick to add a kick of reflective shimmer), cheekbones, brow bone, and should bones.
I love a nude lip that has a hint of pink (beige makes me look sickly), and RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Blush Nude ($28) is a pinky nude that has surprisingly good staying power. They call it a satin-finish, but it felt more firm to me — not exactly a matte, but not glossy either. To add a slight glossy finish, I layer with the Champagne Rosé highlighter. For additional shine, I layer with Go-To Lips Super Balm ($15), which is all-natural, super hydrating, and shiny without any stickiness. This is also great on its own it you like your natural lips, just glossier. (I love the healthy-for-you ingredients in this super balm formulation.)
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