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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 read more.


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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