Ultimate Glow Part 1: Seven gorgeous make-up bases

Mac Strobe Cream, The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream, The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter, Nars Copacabana Illuminator, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Hello, gorgeous!

The sunny fresh spring is on its way and I am currently obsessed with everything sparkling and glowing and I want to get this famous “glow-from-inside” in my make-up looks. And there are several types of products that will allow you to achieve that healthy fresh look and today I would like to present you 7 of my favorite make-up bases for that purpose.

Mac Strobe Cream
Mac Strobe Cream
Mac Strobe Cream Swatch
Mac Strobe Cream Swatch

The first product to go – and actually the first highlighting product to put underneath the foundation I got a year ago – is Mac Strobe Cream ($33.00) that is actually  supposed to be a moisturizer for your skin that brightens it with iridescent particles. In reality it is a white cream with rose and golden sheen in it. When applied you can definitely see it on the face as it gives a really noticeable shine. It is definitely not designed to be used alone and is supposed to be covered with the foundation on top, if you are not going for a super shiny sparkly look. This cream moisturizes really well and I always reach for it when my skin feels dry and dull as the Strobe cream revives it so quickly.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream
The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream
The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream Swatch
The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream Swatch

If I want to have a lighter cream underneath my foundation I usually grab my The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream (£11.00) because it has such a lightweight texture, don’t bring to much shine to my skin but is still nicely visible through light to medium foundations. The color of the product is iridescent rosy, though on skin it definitely transforms in the mild glow that looks very very nice.

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter
The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter
The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter Swatch
The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter Swatch

When I feel like I need more glow to my skin, or my skin looks grey and dull, or I use the full coverage, matte foundation then I tend to choose The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter (£12.00) that is also presented in the cream form but a bit drier than the two mentioned above. It has the same color as The Body Shop moisture cream but provides way more glow due to the increased number of sparkling particles. You can use it all over your face or only on the area you want to highlight specifically or even add it to your foundation.

Nars Copacabana Illuminator
Nars Copacabana Illuminator
Nars Copacabana Illuminator Swatch
Nars Copacabana Illuminator Swatch

Speaking about bringing glow to your foundation my current go-to combo is adding the Nars Copacabana Illuminator ($30.00) to my foundation of choice to make it dewy and glow as it provides a very nice champaign silvery highlight to it. Sometimes I might also use the Nars Hot Sand Illuminator for a bit more subtle glow, but it is unfortunately limited edition.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Swatch
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Swatch

Another very exciting discovery of mine is Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($30.00) makeup base. That is such a nice girly product and it smells so sweet, like a true raspberry! As it is described it definitely gives you pearly golden pink highlight though it not that into face so you can use it with or without foundation on top if not applied heavily.

Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer
Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer
Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer Swatch
Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer Swatch

Guerlain Meteorites Light-diffusing Perfecting Primer ($74.00) has also been so much raved about among beauty bloggers. I personally find this product a bit drying on my dry-to-normal skin and would recommend to use a good moisturizer underneath. It provides very subtle glow (like their famous meteorites!) than can barely be seen topped with the light coverage foundation to say nothing of the medium or more coverage foundations. But I have to admit it definitely prolongs your makeup wear and all other beauty products placed on top of it look so stunning! It is very high priced and I save it for special occasions only 😉

Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Swatch
Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Swatch

And finally, a bit of an outsider of my collection – the Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($34.00) – as it has quite an orangey color to it with very visible sparkles. It applies quite evenly and has a minty smell to it. I find it looks especially perfect in combination with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup and is more suitable for glow summer looks!

This is it for the illuminating bases! I hope my review will be useful and helpful for you and will be entertaining to read as well!

If you have any questions leave them in the comments down below – I will be glad to answer them!

Stay tuned for the Ultimate Glow Part 2! More information will be revealed in a couple of days.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea

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Author: dorotheabeauty

INSPIRATION | MAKEUP | LIFESTYLE

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