14 Products Pro Makeup Artists Use for Glowing Skin
Matte makeup will always have its time and place, but radiant, dewy, almost blindingly glowy makeup has been having a seemingly nonstop moment in the spotlight with no signs of dimming. From subtly highlighted cheekbones to full-on "glass skin," now is a very good time to gleam — but it's not always easy to achieve that elusive, perfect midpoint between a shine-free finish and greasy-looking skin. We asked three top makeup artists known for their especially radiant work on models and celebrities — Joseph Carrillo, Vincent Oquendo, and Nam Vo — to share their top product picks to help you create your glowiest makeup look ever. And their selections aren't just foundations and highlighters — you'll find out their must-have formulas to prepare skin for maximum dewiness before applying a single drop of glow-enhancing color. Start scrolling and get glowing.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex
Glowy makeup doesn't actually start with makeup — it starts with skin care. "I usually start with a skin prep to get all the blood flowing into the face," says Carrillo, who has worked with Alexa Chung, Priyanka Chopra, and Paris Hilton. "I'm currently moisturizing models and clients with Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex," an oil-free gel moisturizer that promises to plump skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
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Lumify Redness Reliever Eye Drops
It may not count as makeup or skin care, but eye drops can create an enormous difference in the overall brightness of your final look. "If you're experiencing any eye redness, I recommend one drop of Lumify Redness Reliever Eye Drops in each eye to help them look brighter and whiter," says Oquendo, whose clients include Lucy Hale, Winnie Harlow, and Vanessa Hudgens. (Oquendo is also a Lumify spokesperson.)
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Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
Some skin-care products can prepare skin for radiant makeup so well that they are practically a primer, like Shiseido's Power Brightening Mask. "It targets discoloration and helps even out the complexion," Oquendo says of the essence-infused sheet mask.
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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water
If you don't have time for a pre-makeup mask, a face mist, like Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water, can serve a similar priming purpose. "This is new and I've been using it nonstop," says Vo, who's known for giving clients her signature "dewy dumpling" makeup look. "It's full of vitamins and gives your skin an instant boost of antioxidants and freshness. Plus, it smells delicious."
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VDL Lumilayer Primer
Of course, you can always prime skin with — what else? — primer. But to achieve a canvas that's truly set up to glow, choosing a luminous formula is key. "It's a multidimensional primer that'll make you look like you have pearly beams of light coming from your face," Vo says of VDL Lumilayer Primer, a Korean formula with special violet pigments that boost brightness.
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Laura Geller Filter First Luminous Foundation
Foundation is key to a glowy makeup look, of course, and you'll want to avoid any formulas with matte in the name. Currently, one of Oquendo's favorite foundations for a dewy look is Laura Geller Filter First Luminous Foundation, which allows for full coverage without a cake-y finish.
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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup
Another foundation that's impressing the pros: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. "It has an amazing pearl finish that leaves a soft glow, especially in photos," says Carrillo, who recommends running a makeup sponge over whichever foundation you use to help set it and bring out a bit more glow.
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Vo has a favorite foundation, too — but she doesn't use it as foundation. "A big part of being glowy is color correcting. You have to use concealer to brighten up the dark areas. My trick: I use Shiseido Future Solution Foundation as a concealer," she tells Allure. "It will change your life. Use it to brighten the dark areas, such as under the eyes, and to correct discoloration and redness."
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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Prefer to use an actual concealer as your concealer? (One that doesn't cost $90, perhaps?) Both Oquendo and Carrillo recommend Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, a three-time Allure Readers' Choice Award winner. The buildable formula lives up to its name, never setting with a dry-looking finish.
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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
Although a shimmery powder blush can give you a glow, nothing exudes a dewy flush quite like cream blush. Carrillo is especially excited about the new Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, from Gucci Westman's new line. "She is giving us Cream-ora Lee Simmons, honey," he tells Allure. "Creamy, glowy, and just so gorgeous."
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Maybelline New York Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter
Q: What's a glowy makeup look without highlighter? A: Not a particularly glow makeup look. "I have so many highlighters, but lately I've been really loving Maybelline's Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter," Vo says. "It's affordable and has a superfine twinkle in it that looks like little diamonds sparkling on your face."
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Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio
If you prefer a highlighter look that's more dewy that shimmery, Carrillo says Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio "has the perfect glow, with no glitter particles." Oquendo agrees, saying he loves using the gel-powder formula all around the eyes for a seemingly incandescent radiance.
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Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
Powder may seem counterintuitive when trying to look glowy, but Carrillo's pick, Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder, contains the one-two punch that allows it to further enhance your radiance: a luminous finish, and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and coconut water.
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Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Although powder is a perfectly fine way to set your makeup, a mist can really lock it in and serve as a final glow-boosting touch. "I've been using this for years. There is really nothing like it," Vo says of Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. "It finishes and sets your makeup while adding an extra touch of dewiness," and it can be used throughout the day to remind your skin to gleam.
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