Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Skin Talk - The Glow


I decided to try something; A few posts set to specific topics and days. One of them will be Saturday Skin Talk, however I will not do one every saturday and some saturdays I might put up something else. But when I am in the mood for making a post about skin (foundation-tips/highlighter/ bronzer/blush/skincare etc) I will do it on a Saturday :) I will also come with a few more of these, although I haven't decided on which ones so if you have a suggestions or a request then let me know in the comments and I will be sure to read through them!

On today's agenda is "the glow". I know dewy and glowing skin has been huge on the SS13 runways this year, however it is not always easy to know which products are the best to use for different skin types/tones as using the "wrong" products and the application of them can sometimes lead to a shiny disaster...

Therefore I bring to you, my lovely readers;
Glowy Summer Skin 1-0-1!

I am no expert but I do know the basics (I am sure many of you do to), so to break it down for you into Do's and Don'ts:

Do use bronzer on the areas of your face where the sun would naturally hit you (forehead/hairline, cheeks/cheekbones, bridge of the nose and on your chin.
Do apply any shimmer/highlighter to the high-points of your face only. (E.g. Cheekbones, nose-bridgecupids-bow).
Do make sure to blend the bronzer/highlighter or blush well enough for it to look natural.
Do choose colours that suits your skin tone. 
Do use cream products if you have dry or normal skin. Be careful with creams and too much shimmer in the products if you tend to get oily as it might end up looking very shiny - and that is not in a good way. (Powders are good for most skin types, except maybe very dry skins as they might end up looking patchy/flakey)

Don't use colours that are too dark for your skin tone. If they are slightly darker, make sure to blend properly and consider taking it lightly down your neck to make the transition seamless and natural.
Don't contour with your bronzer (at least not if it has any shimmer). Choose a cooler toned bronzer or an actual contour product instead.
Don't apply bronzer/blush in bad lighting. Try to get as natural light as possible, and if you do not have a lamp that provides this, apply your make-up near a window!
Don't take your blush too high/low/close to your nose as that will look unnatural and is less likely to be flattering than if you focus it on the apples of the cheeks and take it up along the cheekbones toward the temples.

Product Recommendations: 
Oily Skin: Go for powders that have little to no shimmer and apply them after you have set your foundation with a setting powder. Finish off with a setting spray such as MAC Fix + or one of the Urban Decay ones (e.g DeSlick). This way your glow will stay on better and longer, as  well as looking more natural than if you would skip the setting spray.

TopShop do some great powder highlighters that would be perfect and for blush and bronzer pretty much any brand has some good powder formulas these days but to mention some: Maybeline (the Dream Terra Sun Bronzer - i think- is supposedly very nice), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, MAC blushers, Sleek blushers. 

Dry Skin: If you have dry to very dry skin, keep an eye out for cream products! They will give some moisture to your skin whilst adding life and sheen to the face. No need to set your makeup with a spray/powder, just apply foundation and go straight into your bronzer, blush and highlight! 

You all know how much I love the Chanel Bronze Universal cream bronzer, and for someone with dry skin this would work very well! Try one of the TopShop Cream Highlighters or maybe go for one by MAC - I know the colour Pearl is on my shopping list! Revlon do incredible cream blushers and so does Stila I have heard, so I suggest having a look at those if you want non-sticky but still creamy products!

Normal Skin: Here comes the lucky ones! If your skin is fairly normal/combination then all the products mentioned above will most likely suit your needs. Just get the application right and know what your skin needs regarding setting powders/sprays and you will be well off. 

Those were all my do's and don'ts and tips for getting glowy skin this Spring/Summer! I hope this helped some of you, and if it did or if you have any points you would like to add then please let me know in the comments! :)

If you have any requests for future posts of this kind (any beauty/fashion/life related topic you would like some help/information about!) let me know and I will try do it as one of the next "specialised" posts.

I wish you all good luck with getting your glow on! :)

- Em



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Becky Fearn said...

I've been loving all the glowy posts I've seen lately, I'm always trying to achieve this effect so will take your tips into consideration! ;)

B xxx

Emilie Garnes said...

Thank you hon! That's so sweet! Your blog is very nice too, good job! xx

Emilie Garnes said...

Aw, thank you! Let me know if it helps/works for you, ok? Em xxx