Snapchat made me do it. The silly phone app has created an urgent need in me for beauty products that I thought I could live without. Damn that flawless skin filter. And curse that cute animal face filter with the perfectly lined eyes. And with every new crown filter, I am suddenly aware how a slight sheen can make my face look better and healthier. While provocative beauty how-tos and gorgeous model headshots inspire me to try new beauty trends, Snapchat has shown me how to look better—from filter to IRL, with the help of a few key products.
1. The Highlighter
A subtle shine on the cheekbones, nose and chin does a lot for just a little. I’ve become obsessed with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer after seeing Glow’s editor Tania Kwong wearing it. The potted highlighter is a balm, so you can control the shine, and the formula makes it impossible to over-shine your face. I found it light and pretty for my very pale skin. But if you want more oomph for your glitz, try RMS Magic Luminizer, which highlights with more of a champagne tone. All I need now is a jewelled crown to wear. Every. Day.
2. The Eyeliner
When it comes to black liner, I find that a felt-tip eyeliner pen is the easiest to use. The amount of liquid is controlled, it doesn’t get goopy or streaky and you can control the width of your cat-eye flick, since the tip is a flexible cone that will bend if you apply a bit of pressure. Want a thin line? Just hold the pen lightly. Of all the liquid eyeliners I’ve tried, this is the only waterproof formula that doesn’t crack, run or wipe off. It is the perfect eyeliner for a double flick deer liner or the heavily lined eye of a fuzzy creature. (TBH, I have no idea what animal this is!)
3. The Concealer
I didn’t realize the skin under my eyes was darker than the rest of my face until I flipped between filter and no filter on a few Snapchat selfies. A few months ago, makeup artist Simone Otis was doing my makeup, and I asked her what I should use under my eyes. She said to use a concealer that was more peachy than pale. Glow’s resident makeup artist Emily MacCulloch confirmed that and helped me choose YSL Touche Éclat in Light Peach at the Bayview Village BEAUTYBoutique. Because Snapchat encourages even tone and coverage, I like to pat the concealer dry with my finger to mattify the liquid concealer. Then I just imagine gold butterflies following me everywhere.