Tuesday, January 15, 2019

DIY: Yoga Skin

Well, it looks like 2019 is starting off with a new trend called Yoga Skin. This trend began with U.K. based makeup artist Sara Hill. When many of us do yoga, our skin looks sweaty rather than dewy. However, the idea behind this trend is a look that is more radiant than oily and sticky. 

The "lit from within" appearance that Sara aims to create is one that many makeup artists shoot for with proper highlighting. Regardless of what you want to call it, healthy and hydrated skin is here to stay. 

Each makeup artist has his or her own technique for creating perfectly dewy, radiant skin. Normally, I apply my products in thin layers until I get the desired effect.  Sara mixes a few products together for her yoga skin method. 

To give this trend a proper go, I decided to try things the way Sara does. I tested a variety of different product combinations before I found the one that worked best for me. 

Using a few easily obtainable products, you can create your own cocktail for yoga skin at home. 

Here's how to do it yourself: 

  • Start with fresh clean skin, and prep with your normal skincare products.
  • After allowing your moisturizer to fully absorb into your skin, apply your favorite primer. 
  • Now for the mixture! Combine a few drops of facial oil, a drop of liquid highlighter and a smidge of glow drops in with your liquid foundation. 
  • Now you know that I love my makeup brushes, but yoga skin is best achieved by massaging the mixture into your skin.
  • Work the product in, applying it in very thin layers until you achieve the desired effect. 
  • It is best to wait a little bit in between layers to give the mixture time to settle. 

The above method is the main technique for yoga skin. If you are anything like me, you may still feel a little bare-faced without some concealer! Hill's technique allows for just a little bit of liquid concealer in areas where you really need the extra coverage. 

Use whatever products you happen to have in your stash. I found certain product combinations worked much better than others in my testing of this technique. 

After cleansing, toning and moisturizing, I applied a primer. For my foundation, I chose Urban Decay Naked Skin. This formula feels weightless on the skin, and I wanted to make sure that I didn't use anything too heavy. 

For my face oil, I opted for Tarte Maracuja, though I also had luck with jojoba oil. I tried a number of liquid highlighters and found that Wet n Wild Megaglow Hello Halo worked best. I didn't have any of the glow drops that have become so popular on Instagram so added just a touch of NYX Born to Glow Illuminator

I did apply just a little concealer under my eyes to hide my dark circles. 

I will say that mixing all of this up in my hands was a bit messy, and not ideal for those with a busy lifestyle. However, you can easily mix your concoction on a palette instead, though massaging it into the skin with your hands is recommended. 

After the yoga skin base is complete, Sara finishes the look with a cream blush or bronzer. Those who need to powder, should use the smallest amount possible to preserve the glow.

This look is the opposite of the full coverage, heavy contouring and baking seen in 2018.

Here is my finished look:

I applied a light sheen of color to my lips, brushed my brows in place and curled my lashes. 

Evened out, healthy, hydrated skin is a beautiful look. In my opinion, calling it "yoga skin" feels a bit gimmicky, but I can't deny the end result is a welcome change. A lot of brands are putting out matte foundations right now, but I think yoga skin is here to stay. It reminds me very much of the Korean glass skin look, which is one that I have always found to be simply stunning. 

What do you think about yoga skin? Will you be trying out this makeup look/technique? 

*All of the products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. I do not accept money in exchange for reviews. 

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