Start with a nicely exfoliated and moisturised skin. Use something like Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin
Enzyme Mask for extra smooth results. Depending on your skin type: you can go for a serum, gel- or
cream based moisturizer. The one I like is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre; it is especially nice for a
normal to dry skin. The PoreFessional Face Primer by Benefit will be a great additional step to
disguise any flaky bits or pores. If you want a dewy complexion, use MAC's Strobe Cream or Becca's
Backlight Priming Filter after you moisturize; both of them will make you look radiant in the most
flattering (and long-lasting) way. Let your primer set for a good minute before proceeding with other
If you have under-eye darkness, the best way to achieve a well-rested appearance is by using a
peach-toned corrector. Having terracotta under-eyes might look odd at first, but believe me this
technique works. If you have a dry under-eye, then Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in “Peach” by
Becca will be great for you. It is quite creamy and pigmented, so little goes a long way. Once applied,
follow up with a concealer. It should be one shade lighter than your actual skin tone; pop it right on
top of your corrector. I love Becca’s Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme, because it is so pigmented
that (again) you should be using the tiniest amount possible. Take your BeautyBlender and gently
dab on top of both products, so that the sponge soaks up any excess and helps you avoid creasing. If
you are on an oilier side, you can't go wrong with Urban Decay's Naked Skin Corrector in “Peach”. It
comes in a great universal shade and is quite long-lasting. Use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer
on top of it for best results. If you don't have dark circles, you can easily use a product like Touche
Eclat by YSL in the shade 02 for a nice semi-brightening effect.
This look requires a lightweight foundation or a BB cream. A universally flattering, sheer foundation I
recommend is MAC's Face & Body. It is very long-lasting, dewy and buildable, so you can always
layer it. Conceal where needed and to set everything into place: go for a baked or translucent
powder. My biggest tip here would be to only set the T-zone, leaving your cheeks untouched. If you
get quite oily, then Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a great option. If you are dry, I
highly recommend MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish Powder.
Depending on what catwalk you derive your inspiration from, you can either go for a very bronzed or
slightly more subtle look. My favourite bronzing product is Ambient Lighting Bronzer by Hourglass: it
blends like a dream, can be easily layered for a dramatic effect and yet always looks natural (never
powdery or patchy). Areas of application: "reversed number three" starting from your forehead to
temple, temple to cheekbone, cheekbone to chin. Remember you are not contouring; you are only
giving your skin some warmth, so make sure your bronzer is well blended. You can use the same
bronzer on your neck and eyelids (specifically through the crease). Blush in this look should be quiteneutral.
For a subtle peachy flush use MAC's Mineralize Blush in “New Romance “or Becca's
Luminous Blush in “Tigerlily”. Both blushes blend perfectly with highlighters and bronzers, giving
your face almost a wet sheen.
My favourite highlighter of all time is definitely Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in its pressed
form. It feels like butter, blends like a dream and can be seen from space (if you want it to). Keep in
mind that silvery/champagne highlighters look amazing on a fair skin, while more golden tones look
fabulous on a deeper skin. Areas of application: cheekbone, cupid's bow, tip and bridge of the nose,
under the brow bone, inner corner of the eye and even the mobile lid. To set it and get rid of any
powdery residue – spritz your face with MAC's Fix Plus.
You can wear any warm nude lipstick if you want to, but the best option would be a soothing lip
balm. Coat your favourite mascara and depending on the state of your brows, you can either use a
clear brow gel, something like The Brow Gel by The Brow Gal, or fill them in with a fine brow pencil
such as MAC's Eye Brows brow definer. For more of an editorial finish, run Smashbox Brow Tech
Gloss Stick through your brows to create a “wet brow”. Voila, your “Glowy Bronze” make-up look is
Written by Naya, editor of The Party Parrot Blog.