Must-have Makeup: Achieving a Glowing Complexion on a Budget

The best time to shine is during the summer months. Achieving that subtle glow, without looking like you’ve been out running in 30-degree heat, is no easy feat. Light reflecting products are essential for that fresh-faced, vibrant look that can really knock back the years and the time spent at the mirror. Here are my top tips for looking glowing, without going OTT.

After prepping your face with your usual cleansing routine, reach for a
bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Not only refreshing, this helps create
a glowing base while smelling slightly minty and feeling hugely invigorating.
Instead of spending the big bucks on an illuminating primer, Revlon
Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Pink Light is the perfect
alternative for year round use. It also doubles up as a highlighter for your
cheekbones, if you choose not to use it as an all-over primer. The pale pink
tint evens out complexion, as well as working perfectly when applied to the key light-touching areas for a real
radiance boost.

When it comes to colour, a light to medium base will aid your radiance shining through; the Erborian BB Creme au Ginseng moisturises and
nourishes as it covers. Spend a few minutes working this in with your
fingers for an even and flawless finish. To banish bags and dark circles,
the heavy-duty (but glowing) Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is a must.
Containing peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex, eyes look more
awake and effortlessly sparkle.

Less is more when it comes to blush,
a gentle sweep will draw more attention to the cheekbones where most of
your glow will be concentrated. Revlon Baby Stick in Tahitian is the
perfect pink glow that can be built up from pale to bright with ease, while retaining a slight sheen. To set, a dusting of Soap & Glory
Glow All Out Luminizing Radiance Face Powder leaves reflecting particles
all over the skin, without an overbearing colour result. The perfect accompaniment
to a summer ready face!

A few dabs of Benefit High
Beam on the cheekbones, worked in with the ring finger and swept under
the brows, captures the light and draws attention to the most flattering
areas of the face. I’ve taken to buffing this into my eyelids for a
shimmer of colour that stays put, as well as bringing out the white in my eyes. Finish with a hint of gloss, such as Balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve in Sheer Raspberry, so lips stay hydrated and kissable. For
the ultimate in glowing complexion, keep to a strict set of pale,
similar colours that lets your skin do the talking. Highlight the most
common light reflecting areas of the face and you’re on to a winner.

Written by Adrienne Third



  1. Andrew James
    August 15, 2013 / 11:29 am

    You have some pretty great tips here! i love the little highbeam its soo cute!ive heard so much talk about the Caudalie Elixir but never actually bought it i think i might

    • Adrienne
      August 15, 2013 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks Andrew! I highly recommend it for a quick skin refresher throughout the day. 🙂 xoAdrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

  2. Lauren Megan
    August 15, 2013 / 11:34 am

    I really want to try the wake me up concealer and high beam, they look great! :)

    • Adrienne
      August 15, 2013 / 8:45 pm

      The Wake Me Up Concealer is perfect for when you've had a late night (or two) and the high beam works well to stop skin looking sallow. I swear by a good concealer and highlighter combo! xoAdrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

  3. Kerry Ann
    August 15, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    I love High Beam – so pretty! It would be awesome to see how this combination looks on a face, as well as just the products.

    • Adrienne
      August 15, 2013 / 8:45 pm

      High Beam has to be my most used highlighter, it blends to perfection. xoAdrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

  4. Emily Knott
    August 16, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    So many products here i want to get my hands on!!BritishBeautyAddict

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