The 8 Best Makeup Products For Glowy Skin In 2021

Glowy skin is not only one of the most withstanding skin care and makeup looks, but is also one of the most versatile, flattering and easy to replicate. Radiant, healthy, sunkissed skin is here to stay, and frankly, we’re all about it.

There are many variations of this look: dewy skin, glass skin, high shine, subtle or a lit-from-within glow. The key to most of them is hydrating skin care and the right selection of luminous makeup products. 

You can learn how to nail your skin prep right here, with this makeup artist’s guide to glowy, dewy skin.

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How do I create a glowy makeup look?

Glow-enhancing makeup is more than just products that contain shimmer and sparkle. Some of our favorite products are here because of their creamy, liquid-y formulas that merge seamlessly with the skin. 

We’ve also suggested a few products that simply provide the skin with a sun kissed warmth, and allow it to look vibrant and multidimensional. 

So, for skin that looks flushed and fresh look no further than these glow, dewy makeup products.

A lightweight, blendable foundation

For a light coverage, fresh faced base, the M.A.C. Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation is the go-to option for many makeup artists. This water based foundation can be applied with a sponge, a brush, or even your fingers for seamless application. This exceptional glow-giver provides the skin with a beautiful glossy finish and allows the skin to shine on through. This incredible weightless foundation is great for a range of skin types, especially dry and dehydrated skin types.

A lightweight, blendable foundation

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer has medium-full coverage and sits beautifully on the skin, without creping or creasing. You can concentrate this product on the centre parts of the face (under eye, nose, forehead and chin) for a beautiful highlighted effect, without any sparkle. Formulated with Glycerin, Caffeine and Vitamin E, this concealer creates a smoothing and brightening effect. This is an ideal everyday concealer, that is also luminous enough to be used for events.

For a glowy foundation with slightly more coverage, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the perfect pick. This buildable foundation provides a glorious lit-from-within glow and is best applied with a stippling brush or a blending sponge. Created by makeup artist Pat Mcgrath, this formula contains Micro-fil technology that mimics the look and feel of charmeuse silk. This foundation is perfect for events or days you want a bit more substance to your glow.

Use a lighter shade of the M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to highlight your undereyes and any areas that might need a bit of powder. This satin-finish pressed powder gives a subtle dimension and luminosity to the skin while providing sheer coverage. This is a versatile makeup staple that can be used in numerous ways to highlight, powder or correct. Just apply with a sponge or brush for a beautiful, diffused effect.

A blendable cream to powder stick

Try a cream bronzer with a luminous finish like the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, for a naturally bronzed effect. This cream to powder formula is super blendable and easy to use, as it warms up the areas of your face that usually cast shadow. You can use your fingers or a sponge to blend out this product, for a smooth and natural result. This can be used on a range of skin types for a convenient bronzing option, and even comes in a much loved matte powder formula.

A blendable cream to powder stick

Cream blushes not only give you a sheeny pop of colour, but they also allow you to see your skin through the product. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lip & Cheeks moisturises the skin and blends in seamlessly, providing a vibrant wash of colour that looks like it's coming from within. You can apply this with your fingers or a stippling brush to your cheeks, lips and nose for a cohesive, natural makeup look. This product will make you look immediately dewy and sunkissed, which is perfect if you’re looking for that healthy glow.

For warm, neutral tones try the M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Shadow X 9 - Amber Times Nine. This extremely versatile palette can be used for the face or eyes, instantly warming up whatever area it's used on. These smooth pigmented shadows perfectly define the eyes and can be used for both day and night time looks. With three different finishes (Matte, Lustre and Satin), this palette is truly a glowy all rounder! Hot tip: use the shade Ricepaper in your inner

The Lanolips Hydrating Lip Luminiser is the perfect glowy lip product. Not only does it provide a warm, shimmering glow, it also provides a huge burst of hydration. This product will help smooth and plump the lips and is also great to layer with any lipstick underneath. This illuminating, natural formula avoids being sticky and is great for everyday use. With natural, flattering shades this product will soon become a staple if you love a glossy lip look.

Glow-giving tips and tricks:

  • Use a lighter or translucent powder under your eyes to maintain any highlighting you have created. 

This article has been updated on 16/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Amelia from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.  

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