According to makeup artist Eddie Duyos, a Make Up For Ever Pro Artist and International Educator, where glass skin prioritizes plump, dewy skin that places emphasis on the natural appeal of the complexion, stained glass skin does the same, but with a hint of transparent color shining through.
“This creates a ‘no-makeup makeup’ look that emphasizes dimensional, healthy-looking skin while providing an excellent canvas for any eye or lip look,” Duyos explains.
How to achieve stained glass skin
Since stained glass skin is all about a dewy finish with a whisper of pigment, Duyos says that using cream products and ultra-hydrating liquid formulas work best to get it right.
“Intentional placement of shine and satin finishes are key,” he adds. In terms of how to apply your products, Duyos says to keep it simple. “Two of the best application tools for this trend are your fingers or a damp sponge,” he reveals.
In addition to using the right formulas and finishes, Duyos says to remember the key principle of stained glass skin: the colors you use should be transparent. With this in mind, you’ll want to prioritize sheer, buildable makeup products for the best end result.
7 products that deliver dewy skin with a pop of pigment
The first step in achieving stained glass skin is to start with a nice, dewy complexion. This 2-in-1 serum primer will help you do just that with the help of nourishing ingredients like olive oil and vitamin E, plus diamond mineral powder that creates a gorgeous glow. What’s more, it will help control sebum production, create a smooth finish, and lock whatever makeup you apply on top of it in for the long haul. Beloved by over 125,000 Sephora shoppers, it’s one product that’s most definitely worth trying.
To apply your makeup in the sheerest way possible, add one of these best-in-class sponges to your beauty routine. Makeup artists love this tool for its ability to create an even, buildable finish, and you can use it on your cheeks, eyes, and all over your face. Pro tip? Dampen it before you get to work.
Looking to even out your all-over color? The Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation, which is sold in 16 shades, is designed to deliver a hydrating, long-wearing, radiant finish.
For a dewy kiss of color on your cheeks, reach for this liquid blush that’s sold in six colors. It comes with a doe-foot applicator for precise placement, so you can apply it just as easily to your cheeks as you can the bridge of your nose. It’s sheer, but buildable, allowing you to customize your finished look to your heart’s desire.
Flaunt a shimmering, sun-kissed look with this top-rated bronzer-highlighter hybrid. It’s sold in two colors, both of which are bound to make your complexion look positively radiant. Because it’s a cream, not a powder, it blends easily into the skin and can be used anywhere you’re looking to add a little extra luminescence. Try it out on your cheekbones, brow bones, and cupid’s bow, or anywhere else the light naturally hits your face.
For glossy, tinted lips that aren’t the slightest bit sticky, it doesn’t get better than the new Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump Shift. It’s my new must-have at all times. My go-to is the Kiwi version (pictured above), but there are eight other shades to choose from.
And if you love the idea of a color-shifting makeup product, be sure to check out another one of my faves—the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip & Cheek Shift ($24)—too. It’s sold in 13 colors and applies beautifully for a dewy-not-sticky finish.
If you don’t want to have to go out and buy all new products, Duyos says you can get away with just one: a creamy highlighter, like the Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter. “Mix a creamy highlighter into your cream foundation, contour, bronzer, or blush, and then apply to the skin for a seamless, glowing finish,” he instructs.
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