How to trick out your everyday makeup with Laura Mercier’s new Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
Everyone loves to glow. Whether it's full-on strobing or strategic touches of highlighter, a dewy complexion is the look that will never go out of vogue. But the best kind of glow is that lit-from-within radiance that hints at healthy skin and getting your requisite eight hours of beauty sleep — and it's now achievable all-day, everyday with Laura Mercier's new Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow.
Based off its OG cult best-seller, the Glow edition is on-fleek luminosity in a jar, working the original formula infused with a custom blend of pearl pigments to give skin a natural-looking incandescence. It sets your makeup without mattifying, and wears weightlessly to give you 12-hours of lasting glow. One sweep immediately makes the skin look alive and helps to blur the appearance of fine lines, making it ideal even for those with drier or mature complexions. Plus you'll look fab in all your selfies with a luminosity that never looks too oily or flashes back, thanks to the anti-photo flashback mica in the formula. Pair it with the specially designed Glow Powder Brush that comes with a one-of-a-kind curve to hug the contours of the face, and you've never had a more fuss-free application to get an even and flawless layer of radiance. Sounds like your new Holy Grail, no?
And just when you think it can't get any better, the new Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow rocks a multi-functionality that will surprise you with how many ways you can use it. Let entrepreneurial girl bosses Ming Bridges and Nadiah M Din show you six different hacks on how to pull off your #glowup goals like a pro:
HACK #1: BLUSH WITH GREATNESS
Perfect for adding that subtle glow to a matte blusher for the lit-from-within look; apply the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow before your blush goes on. Pick up the product with the Glow Powder Brush and tap off the excess, then use sweeping motions to apply a light layer on the cheekbones for an instant sculpted effect. Pop your blusher on over the glow, and say hello to the most enviable flush ever.
HACK #2: HI-DEF BROW WOW
Part and parcel of nailing the most Insta-ready eyebrows of your life is to define the arches after you've filled them in by 'cleaning up' the underside of your brow line. An oft-neglected but essential step, this helps to sharpen the shape of your eyebrows. Most girls use a concealer, but to really enhance your brows and highlight your browbone simultaneously, the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow is the one to pull this off.
Start with a light-coloured eyeshadow, preferably one with a pearly finish, and mix it with a bit of Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow to boost the intensity of the shimmer. Voilà, you have created your very own customised brow enhancer. With an angled brow brush, trace it along the bottom brow line from start to end, and then blend, blend, blend. #onfleek
HACK #3: THE OILY SKIN LOCKDOWN
This here is the set down/set up artistry technique favoured by Laura Mercier herself, and it's also great for giving oilier complexions that long-lasting, stay-put insurance. You'll want to start with powder underneath your foundation, so buff the original Translucent Loose Setting Powder over the entire face in a sheer layer before applying your foundation as usual. Doing this reduces the unwanted look of shine and texture, plus sets down a matte base to help your foundation 'grip' better.
Now lock everything in by setting down another layer of loose powder to prevent things from migrating around. With your complexion now mattified, make sure you don't end up looking too flat by 'setting up' with the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow. Dust it on the high points of the face where the radiance will catch the light, such as the temples, cheekbones, the bridge of nose, and the cupid's bow.
And don't fret about veering into disco ball territory. It won't ever be too much as the unique, makeup artist-crafted S-curve of the Glow Powder Brush allows the pearl pigments to float on skin, on top of laying down the powder evenly and smoothly.
HACK #4: GIMME LIP AND SHIMMER
We all know glossy textures are back but for those who want the shimmer without the stickiness, this is the topcoat trick to help you amp up your pout. With your lipstick already in place, hold up a thin 1-ply tissue against your lips and press the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow liberally onto the lip area. Yup, this is a variant on the makeup artist hack to prevent lipstick from transferring, only now you're not just enhancing the staying power of your lippie, you're also adding a touch of dimensional shimmer to the look.
HACK #5: SHOW UP WITH #GLOWUP
Who doesn't want to ace the perfect highlight that straddles both strobing and non-touring? Without needing 10 different products and a hodgepodge of tools and sponges, to boot. All you have to do is take a generous pinch or two of Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow and mix it with a lightweight face primer — Laura Mercier's range of foundation primers are fab for this — to create your own customised highlighter. Pat it onto your cheekbones, your temples, the tip of the chin, and anywhere you want that touch of gilded dewiness, before blending well to achieve that fresh and luminous complexion. Tip: Use the Glow Powder Brush to buff your way to a pro finish.
HACK #6: THE DIY BODY HIGHLIGHTER
If the thought has occurred to you that the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow is the perfect base for cocktailing a body highlighter, you're right on the money. The formula's custom blend of pearl pigments lays down a luminosity that's so natural looking; it's exactly what you want to help you fake skin that's been sun-kissed with a golden sheen. Blend the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow with a few pumps of your favourite body oil, and then wield the Glow Powder Brush to pick up all that shimmery goodness to sweep over your collarbones and the tops of your shoulders for a 'super skin' look. Why yes, you've spent a few weeks on a beach paradise, if anybody asks.
The Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow is available at Laura Mercier counters, Sephora online, and Sephora stores, $70