Let Yourself Glow! The makeup in 6 steps

May 13, 2013 by Cristina Vila

Julia Lescova Fashion Model Glow

It is true that the more I dive into the world of makeup, the more I find myself driven by just one thing: shine. But dewy, sheeny skin isn’t just my personal obsession when it comes to make-up. Glowing skin also means fresh, young and healthy looking skin and isn’t that every woman’s dream?

The look also happens to be a rising trend, since every woman and every complexion would look awakened, freshened and flattered by some added radiance.

But where do we start? Well, no need to worry. There is already a great variety of products that can help us achieve the look and I will show you how.


Before you start to apply any makeup, use an illuminating primer to ensure a flawless application of the foundation. It will boost up your skin, adding radiance and diminishing the look of imperfections.

MAC Prep+Primer Fortified Skin Enhancer and YSL Teint Parfait Embellisseur de Teint come in four and six different shades aimed at solving different problems like redness and dull skin, while Chanel Le Blanc Base Emebellisseur de Teint is a universal, glowing shade that freshens up the skin and adds subtle contours to the face.


Any good foundation will beautify your skin by evening out the skin tone, but if you’re in the mood for glow you should look for a luminous one. Apply it just over the areas of concern or over the entire face, but always make sure it is evenly blended in.

Try YSL Le Teint Éclat (already a cult favourite, after the success of Le Touche Éclat), Chanel Lift Lumiére, perfect for a more mature skin since it provides an immediate lift, or Estée Lauder Lucidity, with light-diffusing pigments that diminish the appearance of fine lines.


Worried about dark under eyes circles, sun spots or imperfections? Arm yourself with the best concealers and you will never see those again.

Go for Clinique Airbrush Concealer if you want a sheer, natural look or MAC Select Cover-Up if you prefer a medium, buildable coverage. If your worries are keeping you awake and you’re now dealing with very tired looking eyes, use a peachy corrector under your usual concealer. Try the Bobbi Brown Corrector and it will brighten up your look before you even blink again.


For the most radiant colour on the cheeks, go for a liquid blush instead of a powdery one. It will blend perfectly with your foundation without taking over the shine!

Choose a cooler pink for a naturally pale skin, like Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in Fresh Baby Pink, or a coral pink like Benefit Cha Cha Tint for a sunkissed look or a darker skin tone.

For those having a hard time choosing, there are also liquid blushes that adjust to any skin tone by reacting to the pH or the humidity of the skin. Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm will not only do that but also plump up lips and cheeks thanks to its Hyaluronic acid spheres. A healthy flush and a plumped skin, could we ask for more?


Boost up your shine and confidence by adding a few drops of highlighter on specific areas, like on top of the cheekbones, on the brow bone, along the nose and on the cupid bow. This will add contours and definition to the face, lifting up your features and giving the illusion of firmer skin.

For a light skin tone, a pearly white or pinky highlighter (try Benefit High Beam) will do wonders while a warm pink or coral shade looks marvelous on a medium to dark skin (like Make Up for Ever Uplight in Dewy Golden Warm) and a bronze or golden, shimmering shade will give the most gorgeous glow to the darkest skin tones (Nars Illuminator in Laguna is a great shade).


Before you head to the door you have to make sure that your makeup will stay in place and for that you will need some setting powder. If you have dry to normal skin, you can apply just a very thin veil over your face while concentrating on those areas that are more prone to creasing, like under the eyes. And If you are oily to combination and you want to avoid excessive shine, you can apply a more consistent layer over the entire face or just around the T zone but in any case, make sure it is an iridescent powder, since a mattifying one would take over the glow.

Three great powders to try are MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (available in four shades with high-frost metallic finish), Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose or pressed- in a translucent, seamless shade and Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre, an ultrafine, almost invisible, powder that has an extraordinary affinity with the skin.

So go ahead, try it, and let yourself be surprised by the results. And if you have questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Love, Cristina

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Cristina Vila Cristina Vila (1991, Toledo - Spain) studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University in Madrid, where she discovered her passion for the fashion world and even more, for makeup. In 2012, she moved to Amsterdam where she enrolled in House of Orange Makeup School (graduated 2013). Now she works as a freelance makeup artist for many different shoots or shows as well as an assistant at House of Orange. She finds her inspiration in the everyday life of the multicultural, versatile, modern world, which she translates into a makeup that highlights and defends the value of individual character and personality. Her fascination with shine and dewy skin or the possibility to play with different colours and textures is a little bit of a hallmark of her work. http://cristina-vila.com


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