Saturday, January 3, 2015

Giving Radiance to Winter Skin

I don't know about you lot, but my absolute biggest makeup conundrum during the cold winter months is finding a way to make my dry, dull skin look a little less like the walking dead. At the very least I'd like to reach for a zombie chic look. Luckily for me I've found a select few products that help me to fake a far more radiant complexion than I currently possess.

First up is the aptly named Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer, a white liquid formula that blends out to provide your skin with a very hydrating glow. This guy has given my dear By Terry Densiliss Primer a run for its (unfortunately expensive) money in the glowing department and is quickly replacing it as my favorite primer ever. It's just so moisturizing and wonderful and gives skin the most beautiful, natural glow. Can you tell I'm a fan?

As for foundation I still adore my By Terry Densiliss Foundation, but on certain occasions I prefer to go for a bit dewier of a complexion. On those days I've been using a new favorite, the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation (I have shade O10). Unfortunately this guy is just as absurdly pricey as the Densiliss option, but I'm so in love with the light, liquid-y formula that I scoured eBay until I could find my shade at a reasonable price. I find the formula to be incredibly hydrating, giving medium coverage with a feather-light texture. It's not overly dewy but instead gives a very much radiant (as the name suggests) finish that leaves your skin with a soft-focus effect. I simply adore it, but will admit the price tag is very off-putting. I find it to be incredibly similar to the amazing Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, providing just a bit more coverage and longevity. That said, Tilbury's option is a fraction of the price and one I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat.

At a far less expensive price there's the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser, an undereye-targeted concealer that's perhaps one of my favorite drugstore products ever. The creamy formula manages to correct darkness with it's peachy-tone while also brightening and hydrating. I find the formula to be absolutely divine, providing a semi-matte finish that won't dry you out or settle into fine lines. If I'm looking for a bit more brightening I often dab on a bit of my much loved By Terry Touche Veloutee, but for a less expensive option I'd recommend the Maybelline Illuminator which will have a similar effect.

Finally there's two products for the cheeks that add a stunning glow. First up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which I've written about extensively at this point. But the colors are just so gorgeous and add the most subtle lit-from-within glow. Just go out and get it, seriously. It's that incredible. Then there's the Bare Minerals Chandlelight Illuminator (no, that's not a typo - why this isn't called Candlelight I have no idea). This was part of a set that I believe was only sold on QVC, but I immediately fell in love with the creamy formula that adds just the right amount of champagne colored highlight to the skin. I've been dabbing a bit on my cheekbones and find that it catches the light just the right amount to create a subtle illumination to the skin. Just dreamy, really.

How do you guys add a little glow to wake up your skin during the winter? Let me know in the comments below!


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