How to get that faux glow: My tricks for luminous skin | 9Lives
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We’d all love perfectly healthy, radiant skin but unfortunately life doesn’t always play along. So in the meantime, how do you create that faux glow?

Luckily there are some really great makeup hacks and products that can give you that longed-for luminosity. The trick is to create a natural glow instead of an overdone glare. Here are a few of my favourite tricks, and a selection of products that I adore. Scroll down for more details on everything I used.

Here’s what I used

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Sisley Instant Eclat Instant Glow Primer

R1 025, Red Square

This primer has super fine pigments that give your skin a naturally illuminated appearance. It also contains a blend of active ingredients that work to hydrate and plump up the skin, and to improve radiance.

Inoar Kálice Multi-Purpose Premium Oil

R780 for 100ml,

This lightweight oil can be used on your face, body and hair (though I’d only apply it on dry hair, and only on the tips). It smells fantastic and the blend of nourishing oils helps to keep skin soft and supple.

Sorbet Face First Foundation in Linen

R298,95 for 30ml,

This foundation offers medium coverage, with a protective SPF 15 and anti-aging benefits. I love the wide range of shades developed specifically for South African skin tones, so you’re bound to find the perfect match.

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge


This sponge has been designed to sculpt your face through highlighting or contouring but there’s no reason why you can’t also use it to apply foundation. In fact, I love the shape to get into all the tricky corners of my face. Use it damp for that dewy finish.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highligters in Crystal Glare and Golden Hour

R144,95 each for 6,8ml, Clicks and NYX stand-alone stores

I love these liquid highlighters. They have a fine, natural-looking quality and they work easily with the rest of my makeup. There’s also a range of shades so you can choose one that suits your undertone. I used a combination of the creamier shade Crystal Glare and the warm Golden Hour.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 416

R545 for 5,5g, select department stores

I find liquid and cream blushes work better on my dryer skin. This newbie from Chanel is particularly fantastic. It can be used on your lips and cheeks, giving it a gorgeous pink hue.

Elizabeth Arden High Performance Blurring Loose Powder in Translucent

R560, select department stores

Glowing doesn’t mean greasy. I like to dust some loose powder over my T-zone to take away some of the shine, which could look a bit oily. Stick to the forehead, chin and nose, and leave the cheeks luminous. This new addition from Elizabeth Arden has blurring elements that make your skin look more even, and a super fine quality so that you don’t get a caked finish.

Urban Decay Rebound Collagen Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray

R460 for 118ml,

This spray has been designed to use before you apply makeup but it also works brilliantly to give you that glowing finish. You can also use it to refresh your look throughout the day. It also contains a blend of ingredients that work to boost radiance and revive dull, fatigued skin.

Any tips, questions or recommendations? Pop them in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you!


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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