Beauty Essentials

My Favourite Makeup Essentials for Glowing Skin

June 15, 2014


Hey Everyone!

Okay so anyone who’s been with me for a while knows I’m pretty much on a life quest for the most glowy skin possible. I am addicted to highlighters and pretty much anything that claims to make my makeup look lit from within. Along the way I have discovered some great products that I thought I would share! I tried to be choosy because I have so many favourites, so these are the ones I’ve chosen for this post, but I of course have many other favourites. But let’s cut the jabbering and move on to the star(s) of the show.

Primers and Illuminators

The first category that I picked for this post is primers and illuminators. This is what I would consider base makeup, something that can be mixed with your foundation or goes under foundation.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer


My first favourite is the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer. This is a recent add to my collection, but is by far my favourite primer I have ever used. It’s amazing. This is a liquid/thin cream formula that I apply right after my moisturizer and before my foundation. It gives the skin an almost metallic look at first and once foundation is put over top, it just gives this ‘I have healthy skin’ glow. I wouldn’t say that in terms of a primer it does a fabulous job, so for oily skin I would use this in combination with an oil controlling primer. But honestly just for the glow alone I would use this. Since I got this I have not put it down, nothing comes even close to this. If you want glowy skin, this is a fanstatic product to pick up.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights- Bare Light



The next product I love for glowy skin is one I’ve talked about before, as a Spring Essential but it has to be mentioned again. The Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights is the perfect product for someone who wants a subtle ‘pick me up’ to mix in with their foundation. It’s one of those products that isn’t really noticeable at first, but you notice when you don’t use it. I can just tell because my skin doesn’t look quite the same. This particular shade just gives a very light sunkissed effect to the skin. I just put my foundation on the back of my hand and add a couple drops of this and blend as normal. Now for fair skinned ladies like myself this shade can look a bit intimidating, but it really is not too dark and not remotely orange. I don’t notice a ton of colour from it, just enough to enhance the skin. For someone who likes very light face makeup, this would be a great add in for a boost. This also comes in 3 other shades for anyone who is interested.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray


Although not a primer or illuminator, I am going to include the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray in this category. This is magic in a bottle. I am completely obsessed with this stuff and I can’t get enough. My bottle is almost finished and I’m already dreading the day I can’t get a spray out of it. I have talked about this tons, but it deserves 1 million shout outs. This will take any good highlighter and make it amazing. It will take any powder and settle it completely. My makeup is not complete without this and I basically bathe in every time I do my makeup. It helps everything to stay put and look glowy the whole time!


When trying to achieve glowy skin, we can’t forget about blushes. This is one of the best ways to look refreshed. For a while I thought I only liked matte blushes, but I just hadn’t found any good shimmery/illuminating blushes at that point. Since then I have mainly reached for shimmery blushes and I have found some great ones.

Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush- Natural



The first blush I want to mention is perfect for someone who wants a glow, but a little more subtle. This blush applies on the skin just like a natural flush. It’s perfect for ‘no makeup makeup days’ because it looks like you just came in from a warm day outside. It does have shimmer, but not glitter, so it doesn’t come across over done. I still use a highlighter with this (remember I’m a glow junkie), but you could skip it for a super simple look. For someone who is new to makeup or goes for natural looks I would highly recommend this!

Milani Baked Blush- Luminoso



The last blush I wanted to mention is the ultimate blush for a glowy look. As opposed to the very natural flush that the Happy Booster Blush gives, this gives a very shimmery, glowy peach pop to your cheeks. It is the perfect summer shade in my opinion because it will really compliment a tan.This blush embodies a lit from within glow. It’s very finely milled so you can lightly dust it or apply it with a heavier hand and it never looks powdery. Lately I’ve been going a little heavier on blush because I noticed that it gives my face some more dimension. I think that if you’re looking to add a glow to your makeup look fairly inexpensively, this is a must-have.


Now onto the most obvious category, highlighters. I can’t go without highlighting and if I had to pick products to never be without, highlighters would for sure be one.

Benefit High Beam



The first highlighter I want to ‘highlight’ (oh the bad puns) is Benefit’s High Beam. Now I’ll say right away that this is not for subtle glow lovers. This is pigmented and very metallic so it definitely is more suited towards a more dramatic highlight. I like to very lightly dab this on my cheeks with a stipple brush and then top it with some powder highlighter to create a very glowy look. If you’re looking for the ultimate bright glow, give this a try.

MAC Cream Color Base- Hush



The next essential for glowing skin is a super recent add, but I already love it so I thought I would include it. It’s one of the most unique highlighters I have because I don’t have anything in this shade or with this much colour. This is my go-to when I want a really bronzey-peachy glow type of look, very sunkissed. I use a very light hand with this and it gives my cheekbones an almost wet look. It is a great product for people with dry skin because of its cream formula. It almost adds the look of moisture. Even though I have very fair skin, I can still wear this lightly, but for medium to dark skin this would be amazing as well.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick- Pink Quartz



Also a recent add (my last haul was highlighter filled) is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz. This is one highlighter where you get instant impact, you put it on and BAM! There it is! This shade is perfect for my skin tone and because of the strong pink undertones it blends really well with pink toned blushes and makes your face look seamless with minimal blending. These shimmer bricks are sooo expensive, but this shade is so unique that it’s well worth the money. This product definitely brings the glow for sure!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette- Incandescent Light



My last makeup essential for glowing skin is from the Ambient Lighting Palette and it’s the middle shade, Incandescent Light. This shade is exclusive to this palette, which is now permanent. This shade is a champagne pearl shade that when first applied doesn’t appear to be anything special, but when it catches the light it gives the most beautiful subtle yet still noticeable glow. It’s really hard for me to describe this, it looks ordinary but it’s not. It’s perfect for a daytime highlight because it’s not as bright as say High Beam, but it still gives your face a little something-something.

There you have it! If you want glowy skin definitely check out some of these products and if there are any I should try please leave me a comment below. I read and reply to all comments and it’s honestly one of my favourite parts of blogging! I learn so much from other bloggers and all of you are so sweet!

Bye for now!




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  • Reply lindsay vanlith June 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I am so going to pick up the Revlon illuminator! I always debate on getting it in stores but now I’m convinced that I need it!

    • Reply Chelsey June 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad I convinced you πŸ™‚

  • Reply beautyjunkiezz June 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    You’ve gotta try those Maybelline highlight blushes!!! Omg I always thought they looked like nothing special but I picked up Pink Rose because it was on sale and I was soo shocked with how it performed! It’s a highlight and blush in one and it just looks soo flattering! I even picked it up in the shade Nude but that’s more of just a highlight opposed to I highlight-blush. I definitely recommend trying them!

    • Reply Chelsey June 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Ya I’ve seen those! Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely try those! I’ve been eyeing the coral shade!

      • Reply beautyjunkiezz June 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        I’m sure it will look great!!

        • Reply Chelsey June 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

          Thanks for the suggestion! Those are now on my list!

  • Reply shaylarashell June 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Gurl I absolutely love the Hourglass palette! I searched forever to get it and I’m so glad to have it in my life haha! And now I need that Bobbi Brown shimmer brick! It is GORGEOUS!

    • Reply Chelsey June 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      The shimmer brick is so amazing! I definitely need more shades of these!

  • Reply Julia Brooks June 16, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Totally agree that you have to try the Maybelline Hi-light blushes. Seriously amazing, I’d go with Coral and Nude to start out. Both are super dewy looking and pigmented. xo

    • Reply Chelsey June 16, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Awesome thank you! I’m definitely going to give those a try.

  • Reply livingdisrobed June 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Dewy Finish setting spray?? Why have I not heard of that! Going to get it today! Great post as always Chelsey πŸ™‚

    • Reply Chelsey June 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      It’s amazing! You’ll love it if you love glowy skin like I do. They make a matte finish as well. And thank you!

  • Reply Cecilia Liu June 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I have the Benefit High Beam and it is gorgeous for the summer! After reading this, I’m tempted to get the Lumi Magique!!
    Im a new Irish blogger and I’ve been really enjoying the content of you blog, let’s follow each other?

    Cecilia x

    • Reply Chelsey June 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      The Lumi Magique is amazing! And I will definitely check out your blog! πŸ™‚

      • Reply Cecilia Liu June 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        Aww thanks Chelsey, it would mean a lot to me πŸ™‚ I’m still new, so loads more coming up soon!

        • Reply Chelsey June 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

          It looks like you’ve got a great start πŸ™‚

          • Cecilia Liu June 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

            Thanks for your kind words, been working really hard at it for the past couple of weeks! Your blog is really nice too, nicely laid out and the posts are certainly informative x

          • Chelsey June 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

            Thank you!

  • Reply June Favourites! | Makeup By Chelsey June 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

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  • Reply 247fashionandbeautyblog June 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I have the skinlights by revlon, physicians formula blush and the NYX setting spray and I love them all!

    • Reply Chelsey June 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      They are awesome and all drug store πŸ™‚

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