Look at this shadow's glow! Looks really pretty on. Also, I've gotta say that I really love my monogrammed makeup pouch. My friend Jackie got them for all her bridesmaids from Cuyana.
I’m going to tell you guys a secret, especially those of you who have said you want my “glowy” skin.
Actually, it’s not my skin. Well, it’s not entirely my skin -- I do pride myself on my skin, but I will admit I’m giving it a little help. Welcome to my little “no makeup,” makeup hack…
That’s right. That’s all it is. Of course, it helps to have the right one, and be able to use it the right way. That’s why I’m telling you about my staple: Sunset Two Eyes Eyeshadow from Banila Co. (Yes, that Banila Co., for those of you who are fans of the Clean It Zero Classic and Clean It Zero Purity oil cleansers. This eyeshadow was my first introduction to the brand.)
For years, I had no idea what to do with eyeshadow. Make it into little half rainbows on my eyelids? Where should it start and end? Should I just rub it all over? I was completely lost.
Trips to the makeup counter at Bloomingdale’s were no help. I walked out looking like a clown. There was just WAY too much going on on my face and an artist who didn’t know how to work with my features, making it an overall awful experience.
There was one eyeshadow I kept on hold in my makeup bag forever. My co-worker in Korea gifted it to me. It was iridescent, pearly. Should be easy to work with and not too dangerous. Still, it didn’t do anything for weeks.
Eyeshadow? Meh. Pass.
One day, there was an impromptu after-work event. I looked a messsss. Like, really tired and disheveled. I suddenly had to look decent and I didn’t have any makeup! At least, I didn’t have my usual suspects, an eyeliner and mascara.
At the bottom of my bag, was this eyeshadow, untouched. I still really didn’t know what to do with it, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I took a finger and plunged it into the pot, picking up the shadow’s soft glimmer, and went for it.
I remembered hearing somewhere that you should highlight the highest points of your face (i.e. bridge of nose, cheekbones, and even chin) to create dimension. So I kind of went crazy with it, tapping it on to all the suggested places. Even though it's an eyeshadow, it never actually made it onto my eyes that day.
I kid you not -- the compliments I got that night totally made it worth it! “You’re glowing!” “Something is different about you, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.” “Your skin looks so radiant!” I've recreated the look this morning:
The no makeup magic is in the makeup, i.e. this eyeshadow.
What’s so great about it? ‘Cause, yeah – it’s just an eyeshadow -- can’t you just get a light eyeshadow in a Naked palette and get the same effect? I encourage you to try!
But … I think it’ll be hard. This eyeshadow just glows.
Its powder is just the right amount of shimmer and doesn’t look heavy. It makes my skin have a nice, sun-kissed, dewy radiance.
For eyes, I use it to highlight my brow bone, and I still use it on other areas of my face, pulling out the the dinner party trick of tracing my face’s highest points when I want to look extra awake.
These days I don’t use my fingers. I’ve graduated to brushes. I sweep my blush brush across the shadow and across my cheeks, and T-zone, especially the bridge of my nose. Looks like my skin is naturally luminous, like I’m wearing nothing at all!
Since I first found this shadow, I’ve tried to find other highlighter products, but nothing is quite as light or perfectly iridescent as this one.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! Do you have any tricks to getting gorgeous in a pinch? Comment below.
xx - charlotte