I've Spent Years Honing My Glowy-Skin Routine—Here's Every Last Detail

No shade to people who love their matte foundations, concealers, and lipsticks, but a glowless makeup aesthetic will never be my vibe. In fact, really glowy skin has kind of become my thing, and over the years, my bedroom and bathroom have reached science-lab status—every inch decorated with pans of twinkling highlighters, dew-inducing face potions, and every other type of illuminating beauty contraption you could find in the aisles of your local beauty retailer. Of course, there has been a lot of trial and error, and since I'm naturally breakout-prone and have combination/oily skin, I've had to pick through and say nay to plenty of products that were too over-the-top shiny or flat-out caused an explosion of pimples across my face (sad but true story).


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It's only been in the past year or so, however, that I feel I've truly honed the ultimate glowy-skin lineup, and while I always feel a little weird sharing my personal routine (I'm an editor, not an influencer, after all!), I've gotten so many DMs and questions requesting a play-by-play of my glow-happy skin-and-makeup routine. So here it is! From the very first steps, including an exfoliating cleanser and hyaluronic acid serum, to the finishing touches, including radiance-inducing blushes and eye shadows, I'm sharing every last detail of my product roster and application ritual below. Of course, everyone has different skin types and shade needs, so take my recommendations with a grain of salt, and feel free to skip or add wherever you see fit. Keep scrolling! My favorite glowy skin and makeup products are just ahead. 

How I Prep My Skin:

How I Apply My Makeup:

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.