Finally the matte phase is over and the glowy revolution is here! This is the ultimate dewy, glossy skin look that is taking over your Instagram feed. Here is how it started and how you can get the look.
What is Yoga Skin?
Yoga Skin is the ultimate glow-from-within base. It is supposed to give you the appearance of rejuvenated, glowy skin as if you have just come straight out of a yoga class. It’s basically a glowy, dewy look that is supposed to be a more realistic and natural version of glass skin.
How do you get the look?
Sara Hill (@sarahillmakeup), who created the look, says that Yoga Skin is a technique to make ‘the skin look lit’. To create the perfect base, Sara recommends priming with a silicone free primer before mixing 3-4 pumps of a sheer-medium coverage foundation with one drop of your favourite facial oil and one drop of a golden toned liquid highlighter. She then recommends massaging the product into the skin with your hands in order to get the circulation going while relaxing and depuffing your skin. You can then add more layers to build up to your desired coverage. Unlike most other Instagram makeup, Sara recommends spot concealing only in the areas that need it to keep everything looking dewy and natural. Cream blushes and bronzers are the next step before a super light dusting of powder (if any).
Who is Yoga Skin for?
Like everything else in makeup, Yoga Skin is for everyone. There is no trend in makeup that is only for those with a certain skin type. If you suffer from acne, you may prefer to add a little more coverage with your concealer or colour correct with a green corrector before you apply your foundation. It’s also worth noting that highlighter can often accentuate texture, so you may want to play around with the amount of liquid highlighter you add. Otherwise you just have to be a bit strategic with where you place the glow! If you are oily, you may prefer to powder your T-zone to keep the oils at bay. To cater this more to your skin, choose a primer that compliments your skin type. As Sara herself said, if you have really oily skin or don’t like these kind of looks then this might not be the one for you.
How did it go?
The first time I tried this I was a little weary of using SO MUCH foundation. I usually use one pump for my entire face, so I only used 2 pumps rather than the recommended 3-4. I used a full pump of the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops and a few drops of the Elemis Superfood Facial Oil. When I mixed this mixture in my hands, it looked so pigmented that I was a bit nervous of how it would look. Overall, I wouldn’t say this looked too different to my usual foundation routine and the coverage wasn’t quite enough. It didn’t stay on my face very well and the coverage was a bit iffy in places.
On my second attempt I think I was far more successful. This time I did 3 pumps of foundation, 4 of facial oil and 2 pumps of the dew drops (because I wanted to GLOOOOW). Again, when I mixed it in my hands it looked as though I was going to have the most full coverage base and I panicked. I’m not a massive fan of using my hands for my foundation, so after pressing my hands onto my face and blending out slightly I used my Beauty Pie sponge to blend out the rest. I’m really pleased with the end result! I look as though I’ve had 10 hours sleep, went to the best yoga class and had a green shake with my acai bowl – aka healthy and glowy af. In terms of durability, it lasted fairly well, considering it was much more sheer than my usual look but I did notice some considerable breakdown. I usually wear my makeup for a minimum of 12 hours and I noticed that on my cheeks and around my nose especially you could see where it had worn away. So if you’re wanting a long lasting look then this probably isn’t the right one for you. This would be a gorgeous look for pictures or filming or any day where you don’t really have much on but for general day to day life, I don’t think it’s quite durable enough.
Will this become my everyday look?
No, to be quite honest. It’s a lot of effort (and product) to get this amount of glow. By applying an illuminator, followed by foundation and maybe topping up the illuminator on your cheek bones, you can easily duplicate the Yoga Skin look. While this was fun to play around with, I personally am not a massive fan of not powdering my face. I don’t like matte skin, but I also hate the feeling of wet foundation. I love to look glowy and do generally apply the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter every day to my cheek bones. I felt pretty wasteful using 2-3 pumps of foundation when I usually only use 1 and get pretty good coverage off that. That being said, I was really pleased with the overall finish, so maybe I’ll do it again when I next want to take pictures.
Have you tried Yoga Skin? What are your thoughts?
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