There’s a reason certain restaurants dim the light and have people dine by candlelight. It helps set the mood for an evening of romance. Any darkened room will cause your pupils to dilate which in study after study has been shown to be a major sign of attraction and excitement. Add some flickering candles into the mix and take things up another notch or two — Your eyes sparkle, your skin gleams and you look a thousand times better!
The light given off by candles is akin to Photoshop for your complexion, giving off a warm, radiant, universally flattering glow. Most importantly, when you feel like your most gorgeous, confident and attractive self, you’re able to completely relax and really enjoy the moment.
You can’t walk around holding a candle like Anne Hathaway as Fantine, but the good news is you don’t have to. The right makeup can impart a soft-focus, candlelit effect to your complexion so you can look your spectacular, radiant best any time. Different formulations make it easy to tailor the look for your own personal preference.
Choose from these brilliant foundation, liquid or powder options.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($48) was created to give women a warm ambiance and gorgeous radiance. This sheer to medium build able foundation contains pearl mica to mimic the reflective glow of just lit candles. Purified water and lightweight oils give the skin a boost in hydration and help lock in moisture. To apply, use a dampened foundation sponge or swipe on with clean fingertips and work your way in from the outer contours of the face towards the nose before blending well. Available in 24 fair to dark shades that won’t settle into fine lines, wrinkles or pores.
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Candlelight ($52) is a lightweight gel-cream hybrid that multi-tasks with the best of them. It can be worn alone as a highlighter, as a skin treatment primer or added to your favorite foundation for a subtle boost in radiance. No matter which way you wear it, it adds a natural-looking lit-from-within glow wherever you put it and never looks greasy, glittery or shimmery. It’s formulated with Raspberry Stem Cell Extract and Bearberry Complex for antioxidant protection, plus an ultra-fine pearl and micronized spheres combo for healthy-looking luminous skin.
Too Faced Candlight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo ($30) imparts an ethereal glow through advanced technology hat diffuses harsh light, so your complexion takes on a softer, more youthful looking luminosity no matter what the actual lighting situation is like. Simply blend the two sides together to add warmth and brightness or spot apply either the warm or cool side to cheeks, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, brow bones, décolleté and other areas for an all-over illumination. Choose from Warm Glow, a champagne and peach combo or Rosy Glow, a sheer gold and rose mix.