6 Tips To Get A Luscious, Glow Filled Everyday Makeup Look

In 2020 when quarantine hit us, the makeup lovers became fans of the glowy no makeup makeup look. Glass Skin was more popular than ever, and even before 2020, I remember looking at beauty tutorials that had tons of views, forever popularizing the Korean beauty style and wondering if I could achieve the look.

If you were the same, perhaps you have tried to do your best research as you tried a million different bottles of products that promised to give you that desired glow. Or maybe you spent a little time every morning adding 7 layers of toner to your face so that you glowed like a sun-kissed goddess. 

According to Glow Recipe founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang Glass skin is a "skin ideal" in Korea. It refers to skin that looks clear, poreless, translucent, and luminous-like glass. Usually, the prepping of the skin involves adding a lot of moisture to avoid bumpy-looking skin. The water from the hydrating products would give skin a lustrous plump look that reflects in the light. The glass skin regimen usually involves the following steps: Double Cleanse, use a toner and then serum, exfoliating your skin, and a using a hydrating moisturizer. 

As fun as it might be to try out the technique, it takes a whole lot of patience, and if you don't already have a solid skincare routine, it will be hard to find exact products that work with your skin-something that could take months, considering how long it will take for the effects of each product to show on your skin.

So something you can do to truly achieve the luscious, glowing goddess is use these 6 tips to get the glow faster.

1. Get a sunscreen that will give your skin a healthy glow     

Something that is really important in any skincare routine is the last step of applying sunscreen. Whether you are staying inside for the day or heading outside, it is still very important to add a layer of sunscreen before you put on your makeup. There are two types of sunscreens you could use: Chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays like a sponge, but physical sunscreens repel the rays.

Do sufficient research on the types of sunscreens and how they might affect your skin type before choosing which one to purchase. Some brands to try are Supergoop!, Neutrogena, and Olay. I personally use Krave Beauty's The Beet Shield sunscreen, but it is on the more expensive side for a student, costing $25.                                                                                                       

Krave Beauty's The Beet Shield Sunscreen with SPF 47

2. Use a spray to set your makeup rather than a powder       

As an oily skin gal, I used to believe that a setting spray would do me no good for setting my makeup, and so I stuck with powders that were translucent and preferably not scented. But I have found that to get a soft glow in your skin, using a setting spray is a more refreshing option. Unlike a powder, it won't leave your face so matte that you look cakey at the end of the day, and if you have dry skin, it'll keep you hydrated. There are sprays that double as a primer, like Wet n Wild's setting spray, but it's not cruelty-free.

A safer option would be the Milani setting spray. If you don't mind spending a little more money on this product, you could try a setting spray from Too Faced or Urban Decay. 

3. Use cream or liquid products

Something that I have personally seen a difference in while using products like blush and highlighter is that the powder version of these products doesn't provide a fresh look as the liquids or creams do. If you have oily skin and don't feel comfortable using a liquid highlighter, you could use a balm instead. A good one is Tower 28's highlighter balm. It does not have any color and works as a sheer Vaseline for the high points of the cheeks. If you want something with color, you could try Selena Gomez's brand Rare Beauty's liquid highlighter.

Glossier offers the best liquid blush on the market in my opinion, but you can also find similar products at the drugstore like Flower Beauty's blush bomb, or the Holika Holika Jelly Blusher, although the latter is one I've found at Ulta but am unsure about recommending to international readers. If you use contour or bronzer, you could substitute a powder bronzer with a cream one like Huda Beauty's Tantour Contour and Bronzer cream, or a concealer that would be dark enough to work as a cream contour/bronzer. 

4. Add an extra layer of hydration with a hydrating and glow-inducing primer or liquid highlighter

Primers are usually optional, but for a glowy look, you will need either a hydrating primer or a highlighter that gives an extra subtle glow and may not be marketed as a highlighter. An example of this is the Hollywood Flawless Filter, from Charlotte Tilbury, which can be used on the high points of the cheeks or mixed with foundation, and under foundation as well. There are other primer options, like the Rare Beauty primer, or the Photo Finish Primerizer Moisturizing Primer from Smashbox. There's also the Jelly primer from e.l.f, or if you would like a more expensive option available at Sephora, you could try the Milk Hydrogrip primer. 

5. Use lip gloss rather than a lipstick

While the type of makeup look that you'll be trying to achieve with these tips, it is better to stick with the same kind of style, as you would if you were attempting the matte glam look or the no-makeup makeup look. So I would recommend a lip gloss that will enhance your lip color and plump your lips up, but still add color to your look, if you would like.

Fenty by Rihanna has a range of Gloss Bomb Luminizers, in shades of nude like Hot Chocolate, a rich brown, and Fenty Glow, which is a shimmery nude, and pinks like Fussy and Sweetmouth. There are also more affordable lip gloss options. Fenty's lip luminizers retail at $25, but if you would prefer to pay less, you could go for Tower28's lip glosses which are about $14.  Both give color to the look, but the latter is more of a summery gloss and offers reds and oranges, along with a clear gloss. 

All that being said, you can also use lipstick a different way if that's the type of lip formulation that you prefer. Something that I do personally is put on some vaseline or lip treatment on my lips when I start my makeup routine, and then at the very end, I lightly tap lipstick onto my lips. Or I let it glide on over the lip treatment. You could also add a sheer layer of liquid lipstick, or outline your lips lightly with a lip liner from M.A.C, NudeStix, or any other brand you prefer, and then add a lightly tinted gloss on top to plump up the lips. 

6. Use a one-and-done eyeshadow

There are so many brands that have liquid or cream eyeshadows available for purchase, with price ranges of $8 to $35. Personally, I saw liquid eyeshadows gain popularity after Glossier released their Skywash liquid eyeshadows. But even before that, brands had been releasing wither single eyeshadows in separate compacts or sticks, or cream eyeshadows that were more expensive, like the Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow, which is $29 per eyeshadow and is limited to glitter shades and seems to be marketed as a glitter eyeshadow, but looks like it could be a cream.

Then there's rms beauty's eye polish, which is $28 but offers a satin and metallic finish, with the former possibly being a good match for the glowy makeup look. When considering what formula to use, keep in mind that the more sheer and buildable the product is, the better. That way even if you choose to use an eyeshadow that adds a pop of color, it wouldn't make the whole makeup look garish or tacky. To get an idea of the differences between the formulas, you could check out Julia Adams, a makeup artist who usually achieves the glowy filled makeup look with the products I have mentioned, and is also mostly a makeup minimalist. 

Additional thoughts on the Glass Skin look

As someone who has suffered from cystic acne for years, I never thought I would be able to obtain this look. I remember the first time watching a video on the Glass Skin look using makeup and thinking "Wow, that's beautiful but I don't think I can achieve that." But the thing with makeup is that it works instantly, and if you want a specific look you can achieve it faster with makeup.

That being said, don't slack off on skincare! Develop a skincare routine and solidify it so that you know what your skin reacts with before trying to use makeup to create a look. Don't use makeup to cover up your natural beauty-instead just use it to enhance your unique features. 

I have left a good example of the Glass Skin look below. When you watch it you will notice that Julia Adams adds her own touches to the look and it helps to look at these types of videos to get a better understanding of the formulas of products and how they could react with your skin type before you decide whether or not you need each of these products.

It really isn't all that surprising that the Glass Skin trend has become such a sensation, and in the future, I hope there will be a lot more minimalistic makeup looks like this one to achieve.

Menaka is a college student living in Boston. She hopes to continue writing after graduation, both creatively and on her blog, May-able.

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