Nobody knows glow like Friend of a Friend's photographer, who rounded up his five favorite makeup products of the moment—and why you might consider a kit update.
By Greg Mitola
Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Powder
This bronzer does what most bronzers don’t by providing a shimmer-free, powder-free, orange-free, burnt-free, customizable bronzed glow. What a mouthful. Though the product carries a big price tag, the ability to mix and match the four shades means you have a bronzer for the year (plus the compact is huge and stunning).
Chanel Perfection Lumière
A foundation not for the faint of heart, but for those among us who appreciate a more glamorous look. Perfection Lumière comes in 20 shades with coverage that's good until you wash it off. Powder for a matte look or add luminizer for a glow, but we also like it by itself for a softer finish.
Kevyn Aucoin 'The Contour' Book Volume 2
Contouring like a reality television star takes two hours, 2,000 dollars worth of makeup, and maybe one to three attentive makeup artists. Kevyn Aucoin offers you all of that in a slightly more reasonably priced "book," given what it offers. Most contour products run too golden or bronze to truly emulate a shadow, but this one in particular beautifully combines brown and grey hues to create a natural shadow. The highlight is a radiant nude that works for a variety of skin tones. We'd recommend setting the creams with their powder counterparts for lasting coverage. And there's also an amazing cheek, eye, brow kit on the bottom. In other words, get your money's worth and use the whole thing.
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Base
This primer is infused with hydrating rose oil and glowy diamond powder, which means you look great and you haven't even applied foundation yet. Try applying to the highlights of the face for extra dimension.
Wayne Goss Face Brush 13
Good brushes are the tools by which monumental makeup looks are built, so invest wisely. The Youtuber’s brush collection is no beginner set: They're made from goat hair in Japan and are shaped by hand, not cut (making them super soft and gentle on your skin). Brush 13 in particular is our favorite. We love it most for buffing in liquid foundation for an airbrushed effect. It can be used for contouring, powder, highlight, and blush as well.