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It’s still summer and if you haven’t yet mastered the perfect summer glow with makeup, you’ll want to know how to do it, pronto. Here, celebrity makeup artist Spencer Barnes (who counts Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev among his long list of clients) shares this step by step and his favorite product picks to bring out your outer radiance:
Step 1 – Hydrate and prep skin: “The EMK Beverly Hills Rescue Serum is my new obsession! It hydrates, firms and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Pat it into the skin with clean hands to create a smooth surface and great base for foundation.”
Step 2- Cover and Illuminate: “Hands down, my favorite product to mix with foundation for a natural look is Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator. The foundation provides coverage while the illuminator gives you that lit from within look.”
Step 3- Create a Warm Glow: “I love using the Madame La La Bronzing Ball, which is such a great and easy-to-use product to achieve a sun kissed glow. Simply apply on the apples of the cheeks, down the bridge of the nose, around the hairline, across the forehead and the jawline to add warmth with contour.”
Step 4- Highlight: “The satiny golden formula of this Lord & Berry Luminizer makes it the perfect product to highlight the bone structure of the face. It’s so easy to apply- just dot and blend it above the brow, the cheekbones and the chin, basically anywhere the sun would naturally hit your face for a beautiful, subtle glow.”
Step 5- Nude Lip: “The best summer glow finishing touch is a nude lip. I love the combination of the Nude Envie Lipstick and Lip Pencil. The pencil blends great and creates the illusion of fuller lips. The lipstick is really moisturizing, goes on easy and is the perfect nude color.”
Two Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($32) serves as a hydrating, smoothing, brightening base for your foundation. When used on bare skin it also has the amazing ability to make your complexion look like you’ve just enjoyed a full night’s rest so feel free to wear it alone, or under your makeup for the perfect start.
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26) blends hydrating and nourishing pure argan oil with brightening Poet’s Narcissus and Madonna Lily, and high-performance crystals infused with multicolored luster pigments for a lit-from within glow. Mix it with your foundation for a flawless, radiant complexion.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($40) makes it easy to add a warm glow. Use your fingertips to apply where the sun hits naturally and blend well. Its sheer, lightweight formula can be layered if more color is desired.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($41) is a pale gold liquid luminizer that perfectly plays up your gorgeous bone structure. Layer a little on top of your bronzer — think cheekbones, above the brow, and down the bridge of your nose — to highlight those gorgeous features.
Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter ($22), the perfect beige-pink nude shade, has a rich, satin finish. It’s also rich in pigments so you can expect one swipe to give you full coverage and last a long, long time.
Note: All products were tested in store. Opinions of BITB-approved product picks are my own.