How to Do Glowy Base Makeup Without Looking Oily

How to Do Glowy Base Makeup

I know there are other people out there trying to create this glowy base makeup with radiant skin glowing all in the right places and end up looking greasy all over! It can’t just be me! I tried so many things and even looked this up so many times but alas! And slathering on everything glowy and shimmery, contrary to what you might expect, does not help either! Because for me, glowy base makeup is all about, well, base makeup. I don’t need a glossy eyeshadow or a shimmery face. I don’t want anything neon or glittery! I just want the perfect complexion makeup. No visible shimmer or highlighter but simply skin that looks radiant and glowy from within. Most of the time, I focus on eye makeup or lip makeup to take the attention away from my skin. But with this type of makeup, I want to put the attention on to my skin! If you get the gist and are interested in perfecting your base makeup, here are some of my tried and true ways to create a glowy base makeup using different products depending on what you have at your disposal.

1. Illuminate with Primer

First things first, an illuminating primer is the bare minimum you can do to ensure you have a glowy canvas to begin with. This can be especially helpful if your base products aren’t as radiant or glowy. Illuminating primers can be anything from pearlescent to dewy. But if you’re going for natural-looking makeup, I’d suggest trying a lightweight formula that’s easy to blend and layer with. Instead of a heavily silicone-based blurring formula, try something with a runny consistency. I love Erborian CC Water Gel for this. It’s like the most natural-looking liquid gloss for the face! Whatever I put on it, my skin looks radiant from within. I apply it all over my face including my under-eye area!

2. Use a Skin Tint

If you have a radiant base but your foundation ends up covering everything up, try using a skin tint. Skin tints are much lighter than foundations and other base products like BB creams. Your actual skin shows through. So whatever is underneath, it’s going to be visible. Plus, skin tints are much easier to experiment with. You can layer more products without looking heavily done or cakey. One formula I will never stop buying is Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Skin Tint. Because it has this skin-like finish, my skin looks radiant with just my skincare! I don’t have to go out of my way to layer a ton of products.

3. Apply Dewy Foundation

There are dewy finish foundations that will give you a glowy base all day. Instead of relying on supplementary products like primers, you can go to the source directly and try these foundations. Don’t be intimidated though. These foundations aren’t super shimmery. Most of them are medium coverage and they give you a natural, skin-like finish with a touch of radiance.

4. Use Radiant Concealer

We all use some amount of concealer under the eyes. And sometimes, we can drag it out toward the temples and blend it there, which kind of affects how the upper part of your face looks. So to complete that glowy base makeup look, use a radiant finish concealer that will create the same dewy skin effect around the eyes too. I absolutely love Tarte Shape Tape Radiant Concealer for this. It’s medium-coverage and gives my eye area that healthy, dewy -dare I say it, glass-skin look.

5. Try Liquid Bronzer

My current favorite method for achieving a naturally radiant base makeup is using a light coverage foundation and mixing it with a liquid bronzer. This helps create this perfectly sun-kissed look where nobody can tell if you’re wearing bronzer or a highlighter or if you really have good skincare. I love mixing Clinique Even Better Makeup Foundation with Clinique Sun-Kissed Gelee Complexion Multitasker. It looks like I have the healthiest tan and I’m wearing a tinted moisturizer. You can use other products to create this effect too. For example, try using a light coverage foundation or any skin tint and mixing it with glow drops or bronzing drops like Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. The idea is to create a subtle warm radiance that comes with bronzer.

6. Use Very Little Powder

Now, this is the most important part. I think this is what sets oily makeup apart from glowy makeup. If you’re shining all over, it’s not going to look glowy but more sweaty. On the other hand, you can’t just use a setting powder all over your face to reduce shine. It will ruin that glow. Here’s what to do instead. Use a very, very little amount of setting powder to mattify strategic areas and also to help set your makeup in place. Get it on the tip of your beauty blender and press it only on areas that are not supposed to shine. For example, I apply translucent setting powder around my nose, which is that curvy area, on the center of my chin, the center of my forehead, and some on my smile lines. Thats it!

7. Highlighter Is Optional

Personally, I prefer creating this glowy look without highlighter. I think it looks much better this way. But if you prefer taking things up a notch, you can always try using a cream or powder highlighter. But only apply it on the high points of the cheeks. Otherwise, you’ll end up shining all over, which might lead to that greasy look.

If you have oily skin or you’re not very used to this kind of makeup, do what I do and keep a setting powder in your bag when you’re out and about. Sometimes, I go a little bit overboard with the glow aspects of things when first applying makeup. And when things get out of control a few hours later and my skin doesn’t look as flattering, I can always use setting powder to tone things down.

For me, this look is perfect for going out on a Sunday morning for expensive grocery shopping while checking out the dating potential of my neighborhood without looking like I am trying too hard. Most of the time, I apply lip gloss and don’t even bother applying eyeliner or mascara. I just brush my eyebrows and comb my eyelashes and that’s it. This look also aligns with that clean girl, no-makeup makeup look. As I said, this is to enhance skin makeup. But of course, you can always add more depending on your preference.

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