How to Score Candlelit Skin
Unless you live in Australia, you lost your summer glow a couple of months ago. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look like your skin’s been lit from within throughout the holidays. With the right foundation, illuminator, and technique, you can score the same candlelit glow that Nicole Richie showed off last week. Above, makeup artist Molly R. Stern (she works with Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Lily Collins) and Jenn Streicher (Dree Hemingway, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emily Blunt are clients), spill their secrets.
Whichever products you choose, make sure you start with well-hydrated skin. It’s easier to build upon a natural glow than it is to whip up an entirely faux one with makeup.
There are a handful of great products to help you “get a great glow that doesn’t look like a disco ball,” says makeup artist Molly Stern. She favors the surprisingly glowy Serge Lutens’ Matte Base Makeup ($80): “I use it high on the cheekbones and the tip of the nose.”
“Use highlighter on the bone around the eye socket, in a C-shape,” says Streicher. “Most people don’t like to look shiny and you probably will if you put [a cream highlighter] on your forehead or nose.”
Streicher loves ByTerry’s Rose de Rose Blush Fluide ($58) for day.
On Witherspoon, Stern used Lancome’s Teint Visionnaire ($60). “Her skin’s really so good that a little foundation goes a long way,” the makeup artist says. Then she used Nars’ Highlighter ($29) in Albatross. “A simple dust across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose will give you a nice beam.”
At a Niche Media party in Miami, Zoe Saldana showed off perfectly highlighted skin. Use her glow as a guideline when applying your choice of product, whether cream or powder.
Stern loves Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer ($32) in Radiance. It shines through if you put it on before you apply foundation, or you can do it the Streicher way and mix it with your foundation before application.
Streicher used Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate Palette ($75) on Hemingway, at the BAFTA’s Britannia Awards in LA, above. “I started with Kate Somerville’s DermalQuench ($95) since she’d just gotten off the plane and was dehydrated. I used a Beautyblender Sponge ($20) to apply Chanel’s Vitalumiere Foundation ($55) which is pretty light and gives a glowy finish.”
Most celebrities namecheck RMS Living Luminizer ($38) as their glow of choice (it’s ours, too!), but keep in mind that a little goes a long way. “I really love the RMS,” Streicher says. “It highlights without adding shimmer, and really picks up the light in photographs, but it’s a little too much for day.”