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How to Get Glowing Skin: A Simple 5-Step Tutorial

Even if your skin doesn’t naturally have that enviable, luminescent glow that draws all eyes in the room, you can learn to create a natural-looking radiance with quality cosmetics. We’ve consulted the experts and compiled a list of the 5 steps to follow to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow.

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Before creating your glowing skin, you’ll need to make sure you have the right products on hand. We recommend a quality creamy concealer, contouring makeup, a skin-matching foundation, blush, highlighter, and clear setting powder. You’ll also want to make sure you have the right tools, including tapered and contouring brushes for blush, foundation, and concealer as well as a larger brush for powder.

First step: Get dimensional

In order to create glowing skin, you first need to start with some contouring to add some dimension to your face. Begin with your creamy concealer, making sure you use a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Using a concealer brush, use brief strokes to add concealer to the center of your forehead and nose, under your eyes and edging your brow bones, and in the middle of your chin. Then, grab your contouring brush and your contouring makeup to create a smooth, light arc under your cheekbones. You can also contour the sides of your nose, your hairline, and your jawline. Your contouring makeup should be one shade darker than your natural skin tone, so two shades darker than your concealer. Using two different shades is what gives you dimension and draws light into the center of your face.

Second step: The foundational layer

Once your concealer and contouring products have been applied, it’s time for foundation. Choose a lightweight foundation that has some luminosity and apply with a foundation brush in small circles. Layer as needed and blend in well!

Third step: Blushing

You’ve already added dimension, so don’t try to use your blush as a contouring tool. Instead, pick a shade of blush that is similar to the shade your cheeks turn when you are flushed and apply it starting on the apples of your cheeks and stroking upward and outward.

Fourth step: Highlighting

You don’t want to overdo the glitter and shine with your highlighter. Add just a touch to the high, flat areas of your face, like the center of your forehead, down the middle of your nose, and above your cheekbones.

Fifth step: set and seal

As with any makeup look, you need to finish your glowing skin with a final touch: translucent setting powder. Use a large powder brush to sweep a light layer of powder gently over your entire face, and voilà!

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