Can a true glow really be faked without a professional makeup artist skill set? Yes, according to the newest iteration of glass skin and Instagram’s latest obsession. Turns out, it just takes a few steps to get the most radiant, natural glow — or, as influencers are calling it, yoga skin.
It all started when U.K.-based makeup artist Sara Hill posted a step-by-step guide to a look she dubbed yoga skin. It’s a simple routine involving beauty products you probably already have, and it takes roughly three minutes. A few hours after Hill posted her tutorial, the beauty trend spread like any impressive makeup trick does.
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The Yogaskin Technique I created to make the skin look lit 💡from within. Healthy, glowing, hydrated, radiant, sheer and natural. Skin that looks like skin at its very best. ✴︎Step One – Cleanse and prep your skin as normal. Let your skincare absorb fully before adding the next step. ✴︎Step Two – Apply a small amount of primer (silicone free). ✴︎Step Three – 3-4 Pumps of your favourite foundation liquid. Preferably Sheer/Medium (water based). No full cover. ✴︎Step Four – One drop of your favourite skincare facial oil ✴︎Step Five – One drop of strobe cream or Liquid highlighter. Golden tones work best. ✴︎Step Six – For super shine One small drop of Glow drops (this step is optional ) ✴︎Step Seven – Massage into your skin using your hands; this does many things. It gets the circulation flowing, relaxes you, de-puffs, and makes the base sit better too. Build up in layers on top until you are happy with the coverage created. I would recommend allowing time between layers. ✴︎Step Eight – Add a small amount of liquid concealer only in the areas you wish more coverage like under eyes, spots or around the nose. Please do not overdo this step ✌🏼. You can lightly powder to set concealer. Add cream blush and cream bronzer if you wish. And you can set your face overall with powder too, use a small fluffy brush to do this or puff and keep the powder to a minimum and sheer. No baking please 😘 . If you wish to use setting spray make sure it’s alcohol free to give further hydration. I used.. @chanel.beauty – foundation @kiehlsuki -Facial oil @kevynaucoin -Highlighter liquid @revolutionpro – Glow drops @chanel.beauty – Cream bronzer @glossier – Cream blush Recommend powder – @maccosmeticsuk Blot powder. Recommend set spray @pixibeauty. If this all seems to complex don’t panic! just add a little facial oil into your base keep everything looking sheer as possible. If you have very oily skin and don’t like to look shiny this might not be the look for you. Thanks to @shebysmd @coloursagency @_donnamcgowan @bobrafferty #yogaskin #realskinrevolution #freethefreckle #motd #makeuptutorial #makeupvideos #inbeautmag ❤️🤘#nomakeupmakeup
The yoga skin technique makes your skin looks super hydrated, evens out your tone, and gives a seamless glow that looks like the real deal.
What do you need for yoga skin?
This up-and-coming beauty trend involves a handful of products — some primer, three to four pumps of liquid foundation, a drop of liquid highlighter, a drop of face oil, and some cream blush for the finishing touch. After prepping the skin with primer, mix the foundation, highlighter and facial oil in your palms, and apply it evenly on your face with your hands.
Know your tone
The trick to achieving the perfect yoga skin is, of course, knowing your skin tone. One wrong shade and you’ll go from post-yoga glow to oily Oompa Loompa. Opt for water-based sheer foundation, like Hill does, because it blends more easily.
What are the skin benefits?
Besides the lit-from-within glow, massaging the formula into your skin itself can up the luminosity factor. “It gets the circulation flowing, relaxes you, de-puffs, and makes the base sit better too,” writes Hill. “Build up in layers on top until you are happy with the coverage created.”
Say goodbye to the piled-on look
Yoga skin basically gives you a better alternative to layering makeup, so you don’t look like you’re wearing tons of products, much less five mixed together. Using facial oil for your base is actually a tried-and-tested method for glowy skin that many makeup artists swear by.
The finishing touch is adding a hint of color for that flushed, I-just-burned-500-calories look. “Add cream blush and cream bronzer if you wish,” writes Hill. “And you can set your face overall with powder too, use a small fluffy brush to do this or puff and keep the powder to a minimum and sheer. No baking please. If you wish to use setting spray make sure it’s alcohol free to give further hydration,” she advises.
Expect to see yoga skin on your feed
Several beauty bloggers tried on the yoga skin trend, and needless to say, it is catching on. Another U.K.-based beauty blogger Rose Hobbs tried the look using marula oil and a highlighting skin perfector.