I understand that this is not even remotely “glowy” for some people, but let me preface this with the fact that my natural shade is straight up alabaster.
When you have a blog, one of the small perks you get to take advantage of is occasionally being sent free samples to test, review, or post on social media. This doesn’t happen to me very often, because my blog is relatively small compared to those who do it full time, but I’m still forever grateful when a brand decides that they’d like to throw something my way.
A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to get a few makeup samples from Burberry through Influenster (this is actually a website that anyone can sign up for, if you’d like to be in the running to sample makeup/beauty products). Obviously I jumped at the chance, since I’m a huge fan of Burberry as a brand, and have always been intrigued by their makeup line.
However, when the box arrived and I opened the products, my first thought was “oh GOD, they sent me the wrong color”. I mean, just look at how dark the primer is:
I was immediately reminded of the By Terry CC serum in “sunny flash” that I see so many YouTubers using in their tutorials. It was a product that my best friend (who is naturally much more tan than myself) always wanted to test. When we were out shopping one day, she finally got the chance, and … it oxidized … a lot. It was shocking to see a serum provide enough color to her face to make her look like she was auditioning for the Jersey Shore reboot, and that’s what I was expecting from the Burberry primer.
I dispensed one pump on the back of my hand and rubbed it in, expecting to confirm that this was a product I could never wear. But then, it just disappeared. Well, almost. If I held my hands up side by side, there wasn’t much of a color difference at all. Unless you were really looking for it, I doubt you would even notice. At a glance, the hand that was covered in primer just sort of looked… more alive?
I looked up the ingredients, because I’m a skin care nut, also expecting to be disappointed. At first I was panicking a little and feeling guilty that I hadn’t thought to do this before expressing interest in receiving the products. But then, yet again, I was happily surprised to see a five star rating on Beautypedia.
So far, so good.
I swatched the remaining two highlighters, which I thought might be too gold for my pale skin, but found that they also provided just a kiss of color that could be built up to whatever opacity you need.
I tend to keep my makeup pretty natural, but ever since I nailed down a skin care routine and cured my acne, I have been becoming more and more of a “makeup person”. So I thought I’d share the products and techniques I used to get this glowy makeup look. It’s an every day look that I’ve been rocking multiple times a week, and will continue to do so until I lose my tan. Then I’ll have to invest in the lighter version of the primer.
Glowy Makeup Routine
The base of this look is the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in shade Golden Radiance. I actually mix two pumps of this in with one pump of my usual Dr. Jart BB cream. The primer is over 50% water, so it darkens up the BB cream just a tad, while also sheering out the coverage, which is great for a fresh, end-of- summer, glowy makeup look. I mix the two products on the back of my hand, then dab in a polka dotted pattern all over my face. Then, I blend it all in with a damp beauty blender.
Blush, Bronzer, & Highlight
I applied the Glossier Cloud Paint blush in shade Dusk using my fingers. I really love this blush and therefore own it in all four colors.
Don’t look at me like that.
The only bronzer I own is from Bobbi Brown in shade Stonestreet. Even this I’d consider too dark for me when I’m in my natural alabaster state, but with my summer glow it’s a pretty good shade. I apply literally as little as I possibly can using the Marc Jacobs bronzer brush. Highlight is provided courtesy of Burberry. I used the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in shade Nude Radiance on the inner corners of my eyes, my brow bone, down the center of my nose, and on my cupids bow. The Fresh Glow Illuminating Powder in shade Rose Gold is on the tops of my cheeks, although, I am not good at photographing makeup and so you can’t really see it in the above photo. Sorry if you’re rolling your eyes at how amateur the photography of my actual face is.
I swiped my eyelids with the shade Jetsetter from the Tarte In Bloom palette using this NARS brush. Then I just have Glossier Boy Brow on my brows and It Cosmetics 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara on my lashes. I really like this mascara for every day because it has a growth serum in it, so it’s less damaging than normal mascaras.
I’m wearing an Estee Edit (RIP) lipstick in shade In The Buff. This line is actually super super hydrating and had a great range of nudes. Unfortunately, this line has been discontinued. But I can point you in the direction of this new line from Hourglass.
The Burberry products featured in this post were given to me for free. I was not obligated to feature them on my blog in any way in return. All opinions are my own. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading!