The Faux Glow: What I'm Using

I wrote a couple of posts last year about trying to achieve the faux glow. Now I will admit, it is still something that I am no expert in, but with certain products, I am getting there. As we are into May, hopefully the weather will start to warm up like it should, and then summer is on the way. If you are not spending all day by the beach or pool, you can still get that summer glow. Some of the products in this post have featured in those previous posts, but there are some newbies. I also wanted to include the previously mentioned products in case some readers are new to the blog and have not seen them. Let's find out more about these products!

Liquid Illuminators
I have found that the easiest products to help achieve some kind of glow, even for the most novice is a liquid illuminator. It can be used under foundation, mixed into it, or lightly blended in to where you would put your powder highlight. I prefer the mixing in, or applying it on my cheekbones.

My two current favourite illuminators are the L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden Glow, and the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal.

I prefer to use the L'Oreal illuminator in the summer, or blended in with a lighter foundation as it slightly too dark on my skin-tone to wear alone. The BECCA illuminator is more universal on my skin-tone, but it does come in more shades so there might be others that work or not for different skin-tones. Neither have too much shimmer and are a great option for those of us who are not always great at achieving the faux glow.

BB Cream
The best product that I have found so far for achieving the faux glow, is the Marcelle
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator. This was one of the products that I featured in my Birchbox must-haves post and I cannot wait to repurchase it. At the moment, it is only really availble with medium-light skin-tones, but I really hope they expand the range in the future as I think they have a winner with this.

It gives a slight hint of coverage, but it really does give a gorgeous glow to the skin. I was very skeptical at first, but now so glad that it does work.

Cream Blush
I have featured the LAQA & Co B'Lighter in Peachers Daughter a few times on the blog, and in my weekly 'Makeup Monday' posts on Instagram. For both cream blush newbies and those who may have been turned off them, I would seriously recommend giving this a go.

I prefer to use it inbetween where my blush and highlighter sit, as it does a pretty good job of providing both. It is super easy to blend with a brush, sponge or even fingers. It does have a subtle shimmer, but nothing that looks too out of place.

Powder Highlighters
I mentioned in the Getting The Glow post that the Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighter palette, you can get a ridiculous amount of highlight - we are talking Instagram trend highlight. My most used out of this palette is the cream highlight, which is similar to the LAQA & Co blusher above as it is the most subtle.

I still use the other highlighters in the palette if I am feeling daring but I still don't think I'm brave or talented enough to use them properly!

So with some luck, I might actually look like I am a Greek goddess, even without spending months on a island beach! What products do you like to try and help you achieve the faux glow?

Ellyn xx

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