Other than finding a skin care regimen that works perfectly (which I finally did until winter rolls around), there is nothing like creating a foundation routine that gives the exact appearance to my skin that I’m looking for.  Lately I’ve wanted a ton of glow, a natural look, and something that can hack it during the sweltering humid summer of Florida.  Oh.  And I’ve needed buildable coverage lately too thanks to some poor choices on my part (Sour Patch Kids aren’t exactly overflowing with vitamins, you know?).

Believe it or not, all of my “wants” are actually possible.  Check it out…


All Day Glowing Skin Before with mixed foundations
bare faced and custom mixing


Step 1:  Moisturize.  (I’m using Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50.)

Step 2:  Apply Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer all over.  This one doesn’t seem to do much for the skin until after I apply my foundation.  Then it’s hello glow! Plus my makeup lasts so much longer with primer and despite being glowy, it still lasts through the day.

Step 3:  Mix Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer to get desired coverage.  I’m currently at an equal amount. Hooray!  I mix them with my foundation brush to keep my hands clean.

All Day Glowing Skin foundation placement
the “blob it on” method

Step 4:  With a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, use the foundation mixture that’s already on the bristles.  Blob it onto the center areas of the face, in order of most to least coverage desired.  I start at my nose, then go to my forehead, cheeks, and chin.  Blend away.  Then go back onto your hand to pick up more foundation and apply over anywhere you want to build the coverage.  This tends to be the center of my face.  If you go with full coverage at the jawline, be sure to blend it down the neck so the makeup isn’t obvious.

conceal the leftovers
conceal the leftovers

Step 5:  Use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes and over any redness.  Buff it in with a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (the Domed Shadow Brush works equally well).

might as well brighten
might as well brighten

Step 6:  Add NARS Honey Radiant Creamy Concealer to the inner area of each eye and blend with the same RT brush.  Why be glowy if you’re not also going to be bright?

because I can't help but share a great before and after
because I can’t help but share a great before and after
rock and roll, baby
rock and roll, baby

Step 7:  Rock and roll NARS Loose Light Reflecting Setting Powder with the NARS #11 Bronzing Powder Brush.  Patting powder can create a cakey appearance, especially over dewey liquid foundation.  And sweeping a fluffy brush with powder over my face won’t give long lasting results.  So load the brush, tap off the excess, then rock and roll.  The #11 brush has a rounded head which is perfect for this method.  I love the Light Reflecting Setting Powder because it doesn’t mattify the previous products and lets the level of dewy increase through the day.  But because I rocked and rolled to apply, I don’t feel the need for blotting papers or a touch up.

All Day Glowing Skin After Full Face

Step 8:  Finish yo’ face.  Add the rest of your makeup.  Then bask in the glory of a glow that lasts all day.


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