Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Top 2019 Makeup Trends - Look 3 (series)

I am feeling so inspired these days! With so many fun makeup trends to try this year, I have been doing a lot of playing with colors & textures. 

For my third look in this series, I decided to focus on glossy skin.

If you are over the age of 35, like I am, this trend may sound intimidating. Don't worry! I can show you how to make this trend more wearable, no matter what your age is.

The Look: Glossy cheekbones & shimmery eyelids

What you need:

  • Moisturizer 
  • Facial spray 
  • Liquid highlighter 
  • Cream blush or creamy lipstick 
  • Bronzer
  • Powder highlighter or shimmery eyeshadow 
  • Cream to powder eyeshadow with lots of shimmer 

The technique: Skin prep is essential for this look. The goal is hydrated, glossy cheekbones, NOT greasy. Start with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. I used Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer

From the same brand, I then sprayed on a light mist of Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Now you are ready for foundation. Use whatever brand you normally would use, as long as it has a satin or luminous finish. Do not use anything matte. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream will work as well. 

Apply your usual concealer where needed. Set with loose setting powder, only under the eyes, and areas where you really need it. Use the smallest amount of powder you can. 

Optional: If you normally contour, do so now. I recommend a cream product such as Fenty Beauty Match Stix. I used the color Amber, blending it upward on to my cheeks using a Crown Pro C504 brush. 

Now let's get glossy! For highlighter,  I opted for Wet n Wild's Megaglow Hello Halo Liquid Highlighter in Halo, Goodbye. This is an inexpensive product that comes in a few colors and looks great on pretty much everyone. Gently tap on a few dots to the high points of your cheekbones, and just below or above the brow. Pat the product in with a damp beauty sponge, or your fingers. I used my trusty E.L.F. Total Face Sponge, a other inexpensive gem. This is the main base for our glossy cheekbones,  so apply as much, or as little as you are comfortable with. 

To keep the gloss going, use a cream blush. I chose Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow. Cream blushes are becoming more difficult to find these days. If you don't have one, don't fret. Simply grab a creamy lipstick and use that as cream blush instead! You can tap and blend the color in with your fingers, or use a brush. I used the Sephora Airbrush Precision Foundation Brush

For an allover glow that complements the look, I used Milani Bronzer XL All Over Glow.  This bronzer has two sides; one matte, and one satin. I applied the matte side anywhere the sun would naturally hit my face. The satin side was lightly dusted up along my cheekbones and temple to enhance the glossy effect.

To keep those cheekbones popping all day long, I grabbed my E.L.F. Baked Blush in Pinktastic. While technically this product is labeled as a blush, it works more like a powder highlighter on me. The trick to getting that extra shine, is to spray your brush with facial spray, dip into the blush/highlighter and gently tap the product on your cheekbones. I used the Morphe x Jeffree Star JS3 brush for this step. To keep things looking smooth, grab your damp Total Face Sponge and pat along the edges of where you just applied the blush/highlighter to blend. 

Shimmery Eyelids: No brand does shimmery eyeshadow quite like Colourpop. Using my Kelley Quan #12 brush, I patted on Colourpop's Super Shock Shadow in XO. Use any flat synthetic eye brush that you have and fully coat one side of the brush with this shimmery shadow. No eye primer is needed, and trust me this stuff lasts all day without creasing. XO is a light shimmering gold that is appropriate for day or nighttime wear. 

For lips, you can really wear whatever you like. Try the lipstick that you used as a cream blush or opt for a sheer glossy formula like I did. I chose E.L.F. Luscious Liquid Lipstick to keep with the glossy theme.  

As always, use whatever products you have in your stash that are of similar texture. 

Here are some other options I recommend:

  • NYX cream blush (I don't know if they still make these, but if you still have some these are perfect)
  • Stila Dual Lip & Cheek Cream (these come in a variety of colors and are favorites among makeup artists)
  • IT Cosmetics Hello Light Cream Illuminator is a great option if you prefer cream to a liquid highlighter. 
  • NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator is another favorite liquid highlighter of mine. This stuff is affordable, long lasting, and blends out beautifully. 
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a higher end liquid highlighter, but is very popular for a reason. This gives a very natural, lit from within glow. 
  • IT Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain Stick is a very dewy blush that adds color and a glow all in one convenient twist up stick. 
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics Supreme Frost is a gel/powder hybrid type highlighter. This is not for someone who wants a subtle look. If you want your cheekbones to look glossy from outer space, this one is a good pick. It really gives that wet, glossy look to the skin. 

Tips & Tricks: Remember, anything you highlight is going to look like it is being brought forward. Highlighting products can emphasize texture and fine lines, so it is important to consider exactly where you want the glow to be. Add shine strategically, such as on the inner corner of the eye, just below the arch of the brow, or the bridge of the nose. Use highlighter sparingly. Glossy not greasy is our mantra. When in doubt, blend it out. Grab your beauty sponge, wet it with some of your facial spray and pat over any areas you want to remove excess product, or ensure a more even blend.

The final look:

To keep the focus on my cheekbones and eyelids, I kept the rest of my makeup very minimal. I simply brushed brows in place with a clear brow gel, and applied a few coats of mascara to curled lashes. 

You can make this look as glossy or shimmery as you would like. My look is more toned down, making it office appropriate and making sure I didn't highlight any fine lines. 

What do you think of look number three? Show me your 2019 makeup trends on Twitter @MakeupMatters1

*Some products in this post may have been sent for consideration by the company. This is not a sponsored post. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own. I am a Crown Brush affiliate, but did not get asked to use their brush in this post, nor did I get paid for mentioning the brand. 

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