I think we can all unanimously agree that a glowing complexion is of the utmost priority. From smothering my face with iridescent primers to layering ludicrous amounts of liquid, balm and powder highlighters—so obsessed have we all become with looking glossy, we will stop at nothing to get there.
Someone who knows a thing or two about glow-getting is pro MUA Nikki Wolff. If you're into makeup, you've probably already spent a fair amount of time drooling over her feed.
The woman (genius) behind Shay Mitchell, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley's makeup—to name a few—if you don't already follow, you'll want to get her on your radar ASAP.
You know those makeup artists whose work you can without a doubt appreciate, but you'd never have the balls to DIY because it's just not that wearable? Yeah, Niki's not one of them.
That lit from within radiant glow is the foundation to every single one of her looks—her trademark skin, if you will. It's makeup everyone can wear and everyone wants (don't even get us started on her brows).
So, what's Niki doing that we're clearly, uhm, not? Well, despite owning a highlighter stash, you're probably missing some vital steps. Case in point: A lot of people don't realize that half the battle is before you even open your makeup bag, as Niki explains.
How important is skin prep?
"Skin prep is really important as it sets the intention for how you want your skin texture to look. For example, with oilier complexions, even though skin should always be hydrated you may want to use an oil-control lotion in the centre of your face so that your look isn’t glowy in the wrong places."
"For combination skin, it’s a good idea to take a little break after applying your skincare so your product absorbs into the skin. This helps you better understand the texture you’re working with so you can choose your foundation and other base products accordingly."
Should I be using a shimmery primer?
"As opposed to shimmer, I prefer to opt for primers that have a light pearl running through it as this is a much more flattering way to achieve a glow. I always find a primer is a great way to incorporate SPF into my routine too, and I’m a big fan of anything that is going to perfect and refine the appearance of pores. I love the Dermalogica Hydrablur (P2,850, Rustan's the Beauty Source)"
What about if you have oily skin?
"I like to mix and match primers for oilier skin types. I choose a smoothing and illuminating primer for the cheek areas and then a pore-refining primer that’s going to hold the makeup in place and protect against excess shine for the T-Zone."
What type of foundation should you go for?
"For dry complexions, I absolutely love the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (P2,300, Rustan's the Beauty Source). It's super reflective and glossy, which makes the skin look bouncy and plump. Use a buffing brush to get the most out of the glow in the product. For every other skin type, I’m a big fan of Dior’s Backstage Face & Body (P2,900, SM Beauty) as it has a very natural skin-like finish."
Any other products you'd recommend?
"I love using liquid products to achieve the most natural-looking radiance. I’m obsessed with bronzing tints instead of powder bronzers. Keep the glow throughout by using cream blushes and liquid highlighters, too."
Should you ever use powder? If so why, where and which one?
"To set your makeup all day long I love using By Terry Hyaluronic Powder, as this doesn't remove the glow and is perfect for dry skin. For oily complexions, I love Rodial Banana Powder as this is a little more magnifying and adds a small amount of brightness and coverage, especially under the eyes and the T-zone area."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.