How to GLOW in the Dead of Winter

How to GLOW in the Dead of Winter

It’s pretty challenging to duplicate a “summer glow” in the dead of winter, but I was up for the challenge with this look.

I’m not sure there is anything better you can do to your skin to make it look more youthful and fresh then applying a rich moisturizer and an illuminating primer. Dry skin lacks vibrancy, bounce, glow, reflection, etc. So if there is only one thing you take from this demo, let it be that you need to find a richly hydrating moisturizer for your skin. Even for those of you with oily skin, there is a moisturizer out there that will hydrate where it needs to hydrate, and not clog pores in the meantime.

The biggest impact from the glow in this look is from the illuminating primer, though. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m an on again off again primer user. Sometimes I’m dedicated to daily use, otherwise, I forget to use it and don’t really notice. However, if I use this Illuminating Primer from Laura Mercier one day and not the next, I notice.

I was browsing the beauty department at Nordstrom recently and tested a few different primers from Laura Mercier’s new line up, and the Illuminating one was my very favorite. I considered getting a sample to try since the consultants at Nordstrom are always so helpful when I ask to try out products, but I just loved the finish so much I decided to go ahead buy the primer.

I’ve used it every day since then!

Before I show you a side by side of how beautiful this primer is, I want to share one tip if you are going to begin using this product or something like it:

If you want maximum impact from this primer, be sure you pair it with a sheer or medium coverage foundation. That will allow the glow to shine through. Covering it up with a full coverage foundation would be a crime! 

So here is my lovely, sensitive, irritated in some areas skin in its natural state.

And here is the Illuminating Primer applied to the right side (my left).

Not only does a primer like this add hydration and stickiness for to adhere, but it offered the prettiest pearlized glow to the skin.

Here is another view of my skin without the primer.

And here is the side with the primer!

I chose my favorite sheer/buildable foundation, NARS Sheer Glow for this glowing look. I also did not skimp on the highlighter application either, and would highly recommend the Bronze and Glow Duo from Charlotte Tilbury!

You can check out the products I used for this look below, as well as a few other highlighting primers to explore!

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Glowing, hydrated skin always looks beautiful and if you are feeling drab and dull this winter season, try this primer!

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.