Fantastic Makeup Products to Easily Achieve a Glowy Complexion

Fantastic makeup products to easily achieve a natural-glowing complexion.

Ultimate Guide: The Best Products to Easily Achieve a Glowing Complexion

I’ve always admired women who can do their own makeup and manage to look like it was done by a pro. Seriously, it’s a talent. Unfortunately, I can’t say I was blessed with this superb talent. For years, I struggled with how to do my own makeup without ending up looking like a clown or a raccoon. I followed so many tutorials but the end result was like “Whaaaat is this? Ok, I’m not going out tonight. I’m calling in and say that I don’t feel well”. Yes, I actually did that. It didn’t exactly work because apparently, that’s not an acceptable excuse for my friends, lol.

Then one day, about a year ago, I went through multiple tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube. What I found was overwhelming. Some looked great but for an amateur like me, those tutorials just didn’t cover it. Until…*drumroll please* I found an amazing Instagram account. Her name: Haley Wight (hold your horses, a link to her IG can be found at the bottom of this post). Haley’s tutorials were doable.  Her tutorials are easy to follow, plus she has a great personality and doesn’t bore you to death while explaining how to do your makeup.

By following her tutorials, I ended up looking like a pro did my makeup (thank you Haley!) I was doing backspins (in my head, of course, I can’t even do a proper forward roll) from so much excitement and I felt so proud of myself. Obviously, this led to the quest for the best foundation, eyeshadows, mascara, eyeliner, blush, bronzer, you get the idea… I finally learned which looks work best on me.

As I prefer a more natural look, not the “theatrical look”, if you know what I mean, it took me some time to find the perfect products that suited my look and my skin. I don’t like looking like there’s clay plastered to my face, ok, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated but I cannot stress enough the point that I like my skin to breath, to have a glowy and healthy look. So, you guessed it, here are my top favorites. These are the fantastic makeup products to achieve that natural, glowy look (no cakiness included).

Makeup products to easily achieve a glowy complexion:

NARS RADIANCE ENHANCING PRIMER

NARS Radiance primer. A must-have beauty product if you want to ensure an even and lasting makeup application. Best primer I’ve used. It leaves skin super soft, allows a smooth foundation application (lol, that rhymes). It is weightless and oil-free, it minimizes signs of fatigue and contains SPF 15. Revived, luminous skin is what you can expect. Hello, luminous complexion!

YVES SAINT LAURENT LE TEINT ENCRE DE PEU (FUSION INK FOUNDATION)

The best liquid foundation for a fantastic makeup. A weightless foundation that feels like a feather but wears like an ink, bringing you color without compromise. Hands down to the best foundation ever. It gives you a natural look with great coverage but without feeling heavy. It’s breathable and buildable and its featherweight liquid formula contains a nourishing dry-oil complex that allows it to set in seconds. I use the BR30 color.

DIORSKIN NUDE BB CREAM

Diorskin nude, A bb cream for a no-makeup makeup look. It provides the benefits of skin care and makeup in a fresh and airy formula. Enhanced with mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidants, the skin is moisturized, smoothed, protected and corrected with sheer coverage. This is what I use when I want the no-makeup makeup look. It offers light coverage with SPF10 and it’s basically a nude glow skin-perfecting beauty balm. If you don’t like using too much makeup and just want to achieve a nude glow, then this is your go-to BB cream.

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Buildable, blendable, brilliant: Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight, medium-to-high, buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light-diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue. I have 2 concealers I love (you can read more about the other one here). But my favorite concealer by far (and it doesn’t look cakey) is this one.This is a lightweight, medium to high buildable coverage that actually covers my raccoon-like undereye circles. It’s long wearing, so there’s no need to reapply throughout the day and provides a luminous finish.  I use color light2 Vanilla.

KRYOLAN PROFESSIONAL TRANSLUCENT POWDER

Kryolan professional translucent powder-a classical powder preparation characterized by its fineness and high degree of color neutrality. Translucent Powder contains a large share of modified rice starch, unique in its specification. It assures great absorption power and enhances the durability of make-up on the skin. Best translucent powder ever. Not only does it make my makeup last for hours, but it also gives a satin finish look. It also gets rid of any t-zone shine.

TARTEIST PRO AMAZONIAN CLAY PALETTE

Tarteist PRO eyeshadow palette is a pro-level, everyday eyeshadow palette with 20 ultra-pigmented shades powered by naturally-derived ingredients. I only own 2 eyeshadow palettes. To me, that’s more than enough. I don’t intend to become a pro makeup artist, so having too many colors just becomes overwhelming. Tarteist Pro has 20 ultra-pigmented shades and these shades are the colors you use the most (unless, of course, you’re into wearing neon shades).

URBAN DECAY NAKED 2

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette is filled with luminous eyeshadow shades with finishes ranging from shimmer to sparkle to the smoothest mattes imaginable. The 12 never-boring taupe-hued neutrals help you expand your Naked range to create even more sultry neutral looks, smoky dramatic looks and everything in-between. It includes a professional-quality, cruelty-free double-ended shadow/blending brush. This eyeshadow palette complements my Tarteist Pro. It contains 12 pigment-rich shades in taupe-hued neutrals. Each shade has a velvety texture and serious blendability. The 12 never-boring taupe-hued neutrals help you expand your Naked range to create even more sultry neutral looks, smoky dramatic looks and everything in-between.

KRYOLAN EYESHADOW COMPACT IN NAPPA

Kryolan eyeshadow - Eye Shadow Matt is a creamy pressed powder for dry application. The exceptional formulation enhances a gentle application and produces a pleasantly soft feeling on the skin. The micronized pigments offer the possibility of applying this preparation not only with fashionable transparency, but also with vivid color emphasis.   Hold it…I don’t use this as an eyeshadow. This, I use as a BRONZER. Oh, yes! One of my friends is a pro makeup artist. She did Miss Universe 2011 makeup, along with other contestants of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, so when she gives an advice on makeup, I listen.  She taught how to use this eyeshadow as the perfect bronzer. It gives the right amount of color and it costs less than your usual bronzer. Now, can I get a round of applause for my friend? 🙂

MILANI BAKED BLUSH

Milani Baked Blush: Richly pigmented and highly buildable, the beautiful matte and shimmery shades of Baked Blush are the perfect cheeky pop of color for every skin tone. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, the warm finish adds a radiance that is the very essence of beauty. Shape, contour and highlight your best features with Baked Blush. My favorite drugstore blush. It shapes, contours and highlights. As always, I go for a natural look and use the 05 LUMINOSO shade. No need to spend too much money on a great blush, this one does the trick.

TOO FACED BETTER THAN FALSE LASHES

TOO FACED BETTER THAN FALSE LASHES: Say good-bye to the difficulty, stress and hassle of false lashes with our instant lash extension kit! Too Faced improved their best-selling Better Than False Lashes with a supercharged Prime & Seal Mascara that dries quickly, a new duo-fiber spiral brush to capture every last lash and advanced sculpting nylon fibers for an extreme length, false lash look made easy. Best mascara! AMAZING lashes! I don’t have those super long and thick lashes so this mascara works wonders for me. It includes the prime and seal mascara and the lash extension fibers. Trust me, your lashes will look considerably longer and thicker.

MARC JACOBS HIGHLINER GEL EYE CRAYON

Marc Jacobs Beauty's gel-based 'Highliner' crayon delivers intense color while protecting the delicate skin around your lids. Infused with soothing Vitamin E and Canina Seed Extract, its creamy formula seamlessly glides on to ensure a precise line. 'Blacquer' is what the brand describes as the deepest, shiniest black - it's perfect for a smoky eye. - Waterproof formula - This is the only eyeliner I use. It glides on easy (it’s a pencil) and very smudgeable. Plus, it’s waterproof. It is infused with soothing Vitamin E and Canina Seed Extract and its creamy formula seamlessly glides on to ensure a precise line. ‘Blacquer’, the one I use, is what the brand describes as the deepest, shiniest black – it’s perfect for a smoky eye.

HOURGLASS STROBE LIGHTING POWDER

HOURGLASS INCANDESCENT STROBE LIGHT: An opalescent pearl powder imparting a celestial highlight. designed to sculpt the face with light creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural highlight. I’m not really into contouring. I prefer light strobing simply because, a.) It looks more natural b.) It’s a lot easier to do and c.) The less amount of makeup needed, the better for me. Hourglass has the best strobe lighting powders. The shades look natural and give skin an amazing glow without overpowering it. We´re talking about a highlighter that will never look glittery or heavy (but if intense is what you like, you can use it wet and build a more intense look). This weightless powder is packed with ultra-fine particles in a sheer base for the most natural-looking finish. My favorite is the Incandescent Strobe Light, an opalescent pearl powder imparting a celestial highlight.

URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION

Keep your eyeshadow vibrant and crease-free for 24 hours with Urban Decay's legendary Eyeshadow Primer Potion in a brand-new formulation. This is a must to keep eyeshadow in place and make it last longer. It ensures crease-free wear and provides a smoother eyeshadow application.  Space-age polymer technology fills in any imperfections on your skin’s surface, prepping your lids for all-day shadow. It glides on smoothly, blends beautifully on all skin tones and dries invisibly.

Makeup products to easily achieve a pro look
Makeup was done by me. This was for an evening wedding.

So, these are my ultimate makeup products and once you see Haley’s tutorials you’ll get the hang of it and will be doing your makeup like a pro in no time. You can follow Haley on Instagram @cosmobyhaley and you can also subscribe to her Youtube channel by clicking here. What are your “I cannot live without these” makeup products? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers! 🙂

*In the spirit of full disclosure, this post may contain affiliate links. Please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. In fact, I oftentimes am able to negotiate a lower rate (or bonuses) not available elsewhere. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

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23 Comment

  1. I love reading about make-up that people use for-real. I definitely want to try some of these products! Well, I’d like to try them all but will start with the mascara, the eye shadow, and the nude bb cream. Nice reviews!

    1. Hi, Sara! I’m so glad you found it useful! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂 Let me know how it goes with the mascara, eye shadow, and nude BB cream! 🙂

  2. layersofchic says: Reply

    great round-up of products!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

  3. Great list of makeup. It all looks great on you!
    Jenn
    joyfuliowan.com

  4. Great list. I didn’t know the mascara came in an extreme version now. Do the fibers bother your eyes at all? That is my only hangup with those, sometimes it makes my eyes feel…funny.

  5. You did such a good job with your makeup. For some reason, I can never get the eye shadow right. I love Nars, I have some of their makeup. I will have to try some of your suggestions!

    1. Oh, thanks so much doll! I know, applying eye shadow the right way (and eyeliner) can be quite challenging. But with good video tutorials and some practice, you’ll get the hang of it in no time! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. fabulous list! I will definitely go shopping! Thank you!!!!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! Have fun shopping, lol! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Such great picks! I’ve heard amazing things about the Nars concealer! definitely want to try that one!

    XO, Kylie
    http://www.littlelooksbigpictures.com

    1. The NARS concealer does live to its hype! Glad to know you enjoyed this post 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I’ve used most of these products and LOVE them, I do want to try the YSL foundation though!

    1. Oh, the YSL foundation is fantastic! Truly recommend it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. Cute makeup. I use the blush as well, as mascara and the eyeliner. I actually use the naked 3! Loving it so much hehe. 🙂

    1. Those naked palettes are the bomb, right?! Looks like we have similar tastes, doll! Lol! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  10. The NARS creamy concealer is my GO TO. I’m obsessed with it!! You look amazing in all this!!

    1. Aww, thank you so much, doll! And that NARS concealer is worth every penny! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  11. that shimmer powder looks AWESOME!!! I’m off to check it out. Thanks for sharing!! XO

    1. It is awesome! Thanks for stopping by! Cheers! 🙂

  12. Gonna definitely check out Haley. I need to refresh my daily look. So bored with it. Thanks!

  13. iIve tried a bunch of these, but I can’t wait to try a few more! Great list 🙂

  14. I’ll have to give the Nars concealer a try. Any that I’ve tried recently tend to get a bit cakey. Thanks for the tip. You looked lovely!

    1. Aww! Thank you so much! Try applying a good eye moisturizer and then apply some eye primer. It helps a lot with reducing cakiness! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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