When in doubt, I swear by a classic, glowy makeup look that plays up my favorite natural features and completely camouflages the rest. Yes, many products on the market promise to deliver dewy results, but a select few can be trusted to produce a photo-ready finish every time. With the help of two beauty content creators who've dedicated countless hours to testing, reviewing, and creating high-impact looks with their favorite ones, I've pieced together a quick guide to achieving a glowy complexion without having to rely on an Instagram filter.
Tips & Tricks
"Healthy, glowing makeup is my favorite type of makeup to do," shares makeup artist Christen Dominique, founder of Dominique Cosmetics. Clean skin is important for makeup to apply smoothly. Before starting a glowy makeup look, Dominique recommends thoroughly cleansing the face and using a toner to ensure your skin's cleanliness. "When you're ready to apply makeup, take a hydrating yet tacky primer that works well for your skin type," she says. This ensures that any cream-based makeup products will apply evenly and smoothly and last all day.
Makeup artist and TikTok content creator Danielle Estrada also shared her secrets to pulling off the look. "I always start out with hydrated, prepped skin before applying makeup. I love using a super-hydrating moisturizer under makeup," Estrada explains. "I then stick with mostly cream products vs. powder to keep the skin glowing and still keeping the skin looking like skin." To lock in the look, she opts for a minimal powder that will keep the glow followed by a cream- or liquid-based highlighter.
Estrada finishes off any glowy makeup look with a few spritzes of hydrating setting spray to bring moisture to the face. "My number one tip is less is more! I like to apply minimal product and add layers! This makes it easier to apply the product and is more forgiving," she says. Additionally, when applying highlighter, Estrada opts for a Beautyblender for that desirable skinlike finish.
If you're wondering which products these two beauty queens use to create their signature glowy makeup looks, you're in luck! Keep scrolling to see which products they're using nonstop, plus the ones beauty editors swear by.
"I first start off with clean skin, and then I go into a primer that is hydrating yet tacky. My favorite one to use for myself is the Dominique Blur & Moisture Serum Primer. It's great for all skin types, especially dry skin. It gives you a gripping finish to ensure makeup lasts all day long." — Dominique
Using a formula crafted from thin layers of silk and a blend of botanical extracts, Tatcha's weightless liquid primer protects the skin from pollutants and makeup while extending wear time.
Eye-Catching Liquid Highlighter
Available in two universal shades (Sunglow and Starglow), this product can be worn alone, mixed with skin care, used as a dewy primer under makeup, applied as a spot highlight or body shimmer for a sun-kissed, glowy finish.
Rose Inc's weightless, noncomedogenic tinted serum delivers a plump, smooth complexion with a skinlike finish using a formula with sodium hyaluronate, squalane, and acetyl tetrapeptide for nonstop hydration and environmental protection.
This cream blush is infused with squalane, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramides to brighten and blur the skin for up to 24 hours of moisture, and it provides richly pigmented color.
Setting Spray & Powder
"To set my makeup in place, I use a hydrating loose setting powder to ensure it doesn't cake or crease. To lock it all in place, the d’Alba First Spray Serum is great because it gives your skin a healthy glow that lasts throughout the day." — Dominique