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How to create beautiful, glowy skin that lasts

Luminous skin that looks healthy is always on-trend and can easily be achieved by following these tips. Ultimately it’s about a makeup base that catches the light without making our face look shiny or oily, and stays on the whole day. 

Ace your base

Start your makeup application by adding a primer into your routine (after moisturizer application and before foundation).  Primer helps to hold your foundation in place and stay fresh for longer.  Pick a primer with illuminating qualities for added radiance if your skin is very dry. Combination skin? You can always multi-prime by applying a mattifying primer in the t-zone or wherever you get oily. My favourites are Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and Mecca Cosmetica Lit from Within. 

The right tools

Stippling your foundation (gently pressing and patting, as opposed to rubbing) using either a damp beauty sponge (for a more sheer application) or a brush can help with making your application skin-like as possible (i.e. naturally luminous).

Choose a luminous foundation product

Look for foundations with a dewy or radiant finish to add the extra glow factor that and offers a medium coverage.  Try Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or Designer Brands Hydrating Luminous Foundation.  

Highlight your highpoints

Add definition and light to the highpoints of your face where the light hits (just under the bridge of nose, top of cheekbone, cupids bow) for added impact.  For extra staying power, use a cream product first and add the same tone and shade highlighter in powder to set. 

Set your base with powder

To lock in the dewiness and to ensure the glow stays, use a sponge or small brush to add powder to the areas of the face that can get oily or breakdown (such as T-zone: forehead, nose and chin).  Use the minimum amount possible to lock it in and prevent a cakey finish.  Fave products: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and FITMe! Loose Finishing Powder for extra tint if needed.  Remember to press and roll when applying powder to avoid moving the product underneath. 

Final step: setting spray

To further prolong all that hard work getting your glow on, spritz a setting spray by squirting in an X formation, and one final spray down the centre of the face from top to bottom.  

Pro tip: Blotting papers are a great way to deal with shine and to reset your makeup, or Beauty Blender have flat sponge product designed for this called Blottterazzi Pro to absorb excess oil or moisture before touching up foundation. 

Photo credit: Malibi 75 from Pexels


Susan Napper is a North Shore based mobile Makeup Artist/Beauty Concierge and mum of two girls.  Susan has helped hundreds of North Shore women update their makeup kit and rediscover their own beauty style. With many years’ experience in beauty, she has the know-how to make you feel confident by finding and using beauty products with minimal effort. Susan offers One-on-One beauty concierge consultations and makeup services for events, with access to a team of other talented hairstylists and beauty professionals.  For more information and to book a session contact her on 0414 879 678.

Instagram: @susannappermua
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