When I first started my blog I did a post about how to achieve flawless foundation. I always planned to do a follow up post but never seemed to get around to it. March has been all about skin and spring beauty so it is perfect to end the month by expanding on how to achieve beautiful looking skin after you have applied your skincare and foundation. Since to really get a polished look you need a bit more than the basics (primer, foundation + concealer), here are my steps to achieving that gorgeous glow everyone is after.
Tools make a difference. A few good brushes and tools will really change how your products go on. Yes, I still use my fingers a ton but they don't cut it for everything. Four tools that I always use are good quality sponges, a concealer brush, a fluffy powder brush and a blush brush.
Use cream products. I don't often contour my cheekbones but when I do I always use a cream contour. It blends very smoothly and creates a softer shadow than powder. Cream blush is also amazing. A cream blush will give you a very soft dewy flush of colour on the cheeks. Layered with powder blush it will also help the longevity of your makeup.
Use bronzer before blush. I always apply bronzer before my blush. Always. I do this because the steps in which you apply certain products really do matter. You wouldn't apply your primer after foundation would you? No, because steps matter. This particular step is a big one to me. I recommend lightly dusting bronzer around the edges of your cheeks and forehead then sweep whatever product is leftover on your brush down the bridge of your nose and lightly on your chin. And remember bronzer is not to be confused with contouring. Most bronzers are much warmer tones and often have a bit of shimmer so do not use a bronzer to contour with. After applying bronzer add a little blush to the cheek bones. If done in reverse your blush can end up looking muddy which is not something any of us is after... ever.
Highlighting is everything. Who doesn't love radiant and glowing skin?! Highlighting has been around forever. All it took was a few years focused on contouring for everyone to re-discover their love for it. There are two places you should always highlight; cheekbones and cupids bow of lips. I also like to highlight along the bridge of the nose and under the brow bone.
Finishing touches. After all of your makeup is complete I like to go in with a finishing brush or use my sponge and ever so lightly blend out all the edges for a seamless look. If you have a cream or liquid highlighter, rub a little bit of product between your finger tips and lightly dab on your cheekbones above the eyebrows and down the bridge of your nose. This will give you a little extra glow.
I hope you enjoyed these tips! Sound off in the comment section below and let me know what you have thought about this months beauty posts.
Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.