Makeup Tutorial: Make Yourself Shine

By Medha Shah
Photographed by Anushka Sagar

 Hailing from California, I’ve always been preferential to the warmer months that gave my complexion a natural sparkle under the sun. However, having experienced my first harsh winter in Boston, I’ve had to deal with dull skin due to an unfortunate lack of Vitamin D. After a couple cold months I think I’ve learned how to shine again with some simple glitter looks. Here are some makeup tricks and looks to help you get back your inner glow and sparkle.

One of my favorite ways to achieve a subtle glow from the base up is with an illuminating primer. It gives your bare skin a pearlescent finish while keeping your makeup in place all day. Some of my favorites are Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer ($38), Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer ($31), and L'oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12).

After applying foundation, concealer, and setting any key points with a translucent powder I like to move on to the eyes. When using sparkly eyeshadows a primer like Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer ($26), is key to prevent fallout.

I usually like to use a matte neutral shade as a base for an extra boost of color.


Next, I applied a coppery golden color to my lid and use a darker brown in my crease for definition.


Don’t forget to blend! I then add a light shimmery shade in the inner corner to brighten the eye.


If you want a little more intensity, spray your brush with a setting mist and pack in some extra glitter in the center of your lid. Add some winged eyeliner and mascara to balance out the eyes.


Here are some palettes to help you achieve those glittery eyes: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42), Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette ($49), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Palette ($14).

After applying a little blush comes my favorite part, highlighter! Using a fan brush, lightly dust some on your cheekbones, brow bone, and the tip of your nose. Add some to your collarbone and shoulders if you’re feeling a little extra. Try Farsali Jelly Beam Highlighter in Glazed ($40), Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal ($34), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Champagne Pop ($38), or L'oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden ($13).


Try out this look with different colors!