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HOW TO FAKE A GLOWING COMPLEXION IN ONE SIMPLE PALETTE
Have you ever seen vintage photos of Hollywood starlets, usually black and white headshots that somehow shine with magically flattering light? The stunning glow of these pictures always stops me in my tracks. I wonder, what was the trick in those long-ago, pre-Photoshop days? Could it be the lighting? The makeup?
I’m not sure about the starlets, but in our case, it can definitely be the makeup!
Hourglass Cosmetics’ new release, the Ambient Lighting Palette ($58), offers a trio of starlet-worthy powders that helps us all look perfectly lit no matter where we happen to be. These high-tech creations give a retro glow with just a swipe or two of a fluffy powder brush. I do not say this lightly: the results are astounding!
The compact is classic Hourglass, a solid, streamlined, heavy-duty number that will look great on your dresser and stay in one piece in your makeup bag, too.
Inside, you’ll find two previously-existing Ambient Lighting powders – known far and wide as the best makeup-setting powders in existence – and a brand new shade created just for this palette. I don’t know about you, but this trio has me swooning like an old-time siren of the silver screen.
At first glance of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, the powders look innocuous and similar, but here’s proof that looks can be very deceiving.
On the left, we have Dim Light, the neutral peach beige that combines warm and cool tones for a shade that works for absolutely anyone. This finely-milled, velvety powder virtually erases imperfections and adds radiance to the skin. I’m not kidding, I thought of those starlet photos when I looked in the mirror after just a light dusting to set my makeup. Without a trace of sparkle, my skin glowed.
On the right, there’s Radiant Light, which Hourglass calls “sun-kissed golden beige,” designed to add subtle warmth to the skin or extend a summer tan. Not a bronzer, but a definitely a believable glow that, like Dim Light, has a lit-from-within effect and a soft-as-silk texture.
Sandwiched between these two powerhouses of illumination is the limited-edition Incandescent Light, a pearlescent beige highlighter designed to brighten the complexion and give a “celestial glow” to the face. Unlike the other two powders, this one is shimmery, so just a touch does the trick.
As if this wasn’t enough, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette also includes a 0.16 oz. bottle of Veil Mineral Primer to perfectly prepare the skin for all the ambient magic.
This lightweight primer is formulated to “conceal redness, minimize the appearance of pores, help soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles and repel water to ensure makeup appears fresh all day long”. And once again, Hourglass delivers. Now that I’ve tried it, I’ll be buying the full size pronto.
• Generously-sized trio will work on any skin tone
• Packaging is everything we’ve come to expect from Hourglass
• Powders are so soft, it only takes a gentle swipe of your brush per application
• Bonus bottle of Veil Mineral Primer gives you a chance to fall in love with that, too
• Limited edition. Don’t get your heart broken. Buy this now!
(Note: it is currently out of stock online, but try your local Sephora or Barney’s counter.)
we heartsters – Are you glowing with anticipation to get your hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pups Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare