Summertime Glow

I love how glowy, dewy makeup looks in the summer. However, I have to be careful to not cross the line from dewy to oily, because I have combo oily skin.

One of my favorite things to do to achieve this look is to add an illuminator to my matte foundation. I wear Estée Lauder Doube Wear most days because of how long it lasts on my skin and how well it covers. It pairs nicely with a liquid illuminator to sheer it out, look glowy, yet still have staying power and good coverage.

Here are the ones I have tried:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter $18 for travel size
I had a deluxe sample size of this that came in a kit with a mini Opal highlight. The full size is so expensive, so I think that once this is gone, it’s gone for me. The travel size is more affordable, but there are other inexpensive alternatives.

Loreal Magic Lumi $12.99
This one is nice too, but it’s very sticky feeling to me, so it’s not my favorite. It definitely is an affordable option, however, and it does give you that glow from within look that I go for.

Temptu Liquid Glow
I received this in a Boxycharm as an exclusive item for the subscription. Temptu is an airbrush makeup brand, but this product is meant to be applied by hand. I think the color is very pretty. It has a golden undertone that is not too dark, which is perfect!

Maybelline Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter $9.99
I would love to try this in the light shade, but I bought the medium shade thinking it would go better with my skin tone. I hadn’t realized how pink it would be, so beware of that! I’m afraid it will darken my foundation if I mix it in, so I haven’t tried that, but I have used it on my cheeks, which I will talk about next.

I like to also apply these products with a beauty blender to the tops of my cheekbones and around in a c shape a little past my brow. It gives a nice subtle glow that really melts in with your base, and highlights those points on your face for a natural looking highlight.


Once I’ve finished most of my face, I go back in with a powder highlight on the highest point of my cheek bone and just above the outer part my brows. This gives that extra pop of glow that will really glisten in the sun.

These have been my favorite products for this:

OFRA Rodeo Drive $29
It’s a strong highlight that will really grab the light, so I go in fairly lightly with this to not overdo it.

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed Powder- Opal $38 for full size
This one came with my mini backlight primer. I really like this highlight. I don’t find it to be too overpowering, even over the liquid illuminator.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo- Previous Petals $4.99
Five dollars, are you kidding me?! This highlight is so nice and the price is even better. It is a bit more subtle, which is the look I prefer most days, but you can build it up to be more intense if you like. They just came out with a bunch more shades, so you can find one that will suit you.

For eyes, I’ve been loving to keep it simple and bronzey. Some days I will just use bronzer in my crease and drag it down my lid a bit. Other days, in addition to bronzer or another transition shade in my crease, I pack on a subtle glowy cream shadow

Colourpop Supershock Shadow- Truth $5
I love this shade from colourpop. It gives a nice highlighted look because of the creamy formula and stays on all day.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome- Beige Lustre $8.99
They have several shades that would be ideal for a bronzed eyelid look, but my local Walmart had a limited selection. I have actually only used this once, and I found it to be a bit sticky and it did crease. I’m going to try to go in with a translucent powder over it next time to set it. I just loved the ease of slapping it on my eye and blending it with my finger, so hopefully I can make it work for me.

I always use a highlight in the inner corner of my eyes to brighten the look and add that pop of shimmer. Usually I use Rodeo Drive for this, or a very shimmery shadow.

Sadly, summer is starting to come to an end up here in Maine, and it will start to be cold again before I know it. I’m sure, however, that this will lead to me playing around with my warm toned eyeshadows and creating smokey eyes. I will update you with my favorite fall makeup when that time comes.

What have been your favorite summer time products? I’d really like to hear what you’ve been loving!

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