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On Glowy Springtime Makeup

On Glowy Springtime Makeup

By this point in the year I think we are all dreaming of spring and soft sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The end of winter is in sight. We start to switch out our wardrobes and maybe get serious about all those “get healthy” resolutions we made back in January.  I also find myself wanting to switch up my make-up to something light and glowy and “awake”. Here is my my 10ish minute routine for putting some spring in your face.


  1. Prep the face.  A light moisturizer followed by a primer that is labeled “glowy”, which usually means it has some micro shimmer in it.  I also prime my under eye with a light cream product as well as a peachy primer to help cancel out dark circles.
  2. Apply the base.  Pick a foundation that has a “natural” finish.  Matte looks kind of dry and a dewy foundation on top of a glowy primer can leave you looking oily.  Pounce the base in with a dampened beauty sponge, it will give you a nice even application and sheer out the pigment for a natural finish.
  3. Apply concealer.  I prefer a liquid concealer to a stick or potted one.  Again, look for a luminous finish, so it reflects light.  Highlight the undereye area, between the brows, down the center of the nose, the sides of the nostrils, and the chin under the lower lip.  Pounce it in with the same damp sponge you used for the base. It will help it blend seamlessly.
  4. Set the face.  Use a powder with a natural finish, lightly fluff all over to cancel any stickiness.
  5. Bronze the face.  Pick a matte bronzer that is a couple shades darker than your winterized skin.  Use a fluffy brush to lightly bronze the area just under your cheekbones, your jawline, your hairline, and the sides of your nose.
  6. Blush the cheekies.  Pick a matte shade with either a peachy undertone or a pinky one.  Barely fluff onto the apples of the cheek, sweeping back towards the hairline just above the bronzer.
  7. Make it GLOW! Time to highlight!  Use a baked highlighter to bring out the cheekbones above the blush and wrapping up around the temples.  Go down the center of the nose and across the tip. I like a little on the cupid's bow above the upper lip too.
  8. Eyes!  Use a matte shade just lighter than your skin tone all over the lid up to the brow to create a blank canvas.  Use a matte shade similar to your bronzer to define the crease. Use your finger to press a pretty shimmer all over your lid (I have been loving rose gold colors this spring).  Highlight the inner corner and brow bone. Use a skin tone eyeliner in your lower water line, and use a darker shade to tightline under your upper lashes. Pick a mascara that lengthens and adds just a hint of volume to your lashes.
  9. Brows...if you have nicely shaped full brows, brush them up using a clear gel.  If they are sparse, softly fill them in with a pencil and then set with gel.
  10. Da-Dah!  You are done!  Set the face with a luminous setting spray, and put a pretty tinted balm on the lips.

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