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Shine vs. Sheen: Mimic the Look of Natural Skin

These pictures of actress Ali Larter are stunning; it looks like she drank the fountain of youth! I love the way her skin has a natural sheen without having any kind of glitter or shimmer to it. MAC Pro artist James Molloy was just telling me that great makeup mimics skin's natural texture, and we all know that skin has a little bit of shine to it.

I thought I'd introduce two shine-enhancing products that are must-haves among makeup artists to help you recreate this look at home.

Lancôme Ombre Glacée ($22) is a light-reflecting illuminator for the eyes and face. When I first saw it, I practically jumped out of my skin from its powerful iridescence, but as played with it more and more, I realized that if you use a little bit (you only need one to two dots for your whole face) it can transform your complexion.

Ombre Glacée was originally created in a colored eye shadow, but the latest variation is part of the L.U.C.I Collection and can be used on your eyes, face, and decolletage.

For one more shine-enhancing product


MAC Strobe Cream ($29.50) is one of the staples that a makeup artist always keeps on hand, and it is popular backstage at fashion shows season after season. This instant pick-me-up contains green tea and tons of vitamins to moisten, freshen and revitalize tired, dull, and flat skin.

You can use it over, under, or mixed into your foundation (one part strobe cream, three parts foundation) for a gorgeous glow.


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ammura ammura 7 years
i just bought the mac strobe cream and i looooove it!
Black-Socks Black-Socks 7 years
I use Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion by Smashbox. The Diffuse shade is not bronzy so it can be used for many occasions. It even makes me look awake when I apply it on my cheekbones without any other makeup. Love it!
details2 details2 7 years
oh my gosh - I want skin like this. I'm definitely going to try one of these products.
lala89 lala89 8 years
she's absolutely glowing...definitely going to buy one or both of those products!
Italia_Girl Italia_Girl 8 years
Try Estee Lauder Spotlight...I know MAC girls and Lancome girls that use it.
hotgirli3xxx hotgirli3xxx 8 years
Love it! Breakdown please bella!
robinesque robinesque 8 years
Just added both on my "to buy" list. Thanks!
Daisie Daisie 8 years
I am going to second glam sugar's endorsement of Stila's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. It looks like these products on the skin and makes you look dewy and fresh.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
Although I love Lancome products, I'm satisfied with my highlighter /face illuminator from Benefit. ---High Beam.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I just got Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and it's amazing, it really brightens up winter skin. In my Perfectly Kitten set, there's a bottle of All Over Illuminator and that's amazing, I put a little on the top of my cheekbones.
tomatoshirt tomatoshirt 8 years
i heart her
emalove emalove 8 years
Those products sound amazing, as long as they're used sparingly.
roor roor 8 years
She does look fresh faced. But can anyone tell me how to do my hair like hers - so pretty?
shugahxnxspice shugahxnxspice 8 years
She always looks so gorgeous! I've been itching to try out MAC's Strobe Cream...
ER1008 ER1008 8 years
she looks so amazing!
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I like the Revlon Skinlights under my foundation it makes me all glowy. It's also great to put on collarbones and shinbones. It's not sparkly, and cheap cheap:)
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Natural light from B.E. is a pretty good for thing. I use this technique every time I do my makeup, and it makes your bone structure pop and skin glow!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Love it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
She looks amazing :)
bealotus bealotus 8 years
wow her skin looks amazing! I love her makeup.
KittyChan KittyChan 8 years
Pretty and fresh looking! Too bad I'm a natural grease slick - show me a mattifying product that works and makes you look dewy in a pretty way, then I'd buy it all up.
paine paine 8 years
wow girl. I´ll take the lacome one.
Lala77 Lala77 8 years
I want MAC to be available in my country :cry:
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
wOw!! is like shine in a bottle but the good part that doesn't look greasy
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
She looks gorgeous!!
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