How to rock beauty’s latest trend – Yoga Skin

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?

img_5863_facetune_26-01-2019-21-58-01Sara 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.

img_5819On 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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The Meghan Markle effect

Everywhere you look on social media; there are pictures of beautifully made up women that set unattainable beauty standards for the average girl. It has also started to dictate what we perceive as beautiful. Wearing little or no make up either leads to questions about whether you’re okay/ill or applauded as brave for leaving the house in your natural state. Dramatic, full coverage make up has become the norm – not just for special occasions but for every day wear too. Hey, I love full coverage – don’t get me wrong – but there comes a point where individuality starts to fade away and uniformity runs rife. Β 

Enter Ms. Meghan Markle.

Meghan is a truly beautiful woman, and to put that before all her other aspirational qualities does feel somewhat unjust. We all know who she as – as a Brit I’ve seen her picture non-stop since her engagement to Prince Harry, and in the run up to the wedding her face has graced the cover of nearly every magazine and newspaper in the country.

Image result for meghan markle frecklesWhen she stepped out of that wedding car at 11:59am on Saturday 19th May, the world leaned towards their television screen get a better look at her. What is her dress like? What’s her make up like? The dress was perhaps simpler than we expected – Meghan is a fashionable woman and known for doing things her way. Many people expected a more edgy gown for the American actress breaking through all the barriers to enter the British royal family. However, you can bet the popularity of that style of wedding dress is about to go through the ROOF. The simplicity of her look didn’t end there. Once her veil was lifted in St George’s Chapel, her make up was natural and absolutely flawless. Her skin glowed and her freckles were clearly visible. Her lips were not coated in a heavy lipstick or even a gloss, but just looked lightly coloured by a tinted lip balm. There was a subtle smokey eye, but sheΒ radiated natural beauty.

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On her wedding day she made the ultimate statement – She represented exactly who she is with complete disregard for the opinions of the billions that were watching. Did we expect that little makeup? Definitely not. But did we absolutely love it? Hell yeah we did. It only takes one spark to start a fire and I seriously believe that she will be the catalyst to propel the natural beauty trend to the forefront. Freckles are completely normal, but seeing such a high profile celebrity embracing theirs normalises them and sets the example for others. Meghan has spoken out time and time again against photoΒ retouchers and makeup artists who try to cover her freckles, quoting a phrase her father used to tell her – β€˜a face without freckles is like a sky without stars’. For a long time now, people have been encouraged to cover up their β€˜imperfections’ – anything that means your skin is not a flat, even colour should be hidden. So many women on social media have already come forward siting Meghan’s light make up as inspiration to embrace their own skin – myself included. So far this week, I have worn no face make up to show my forehead freckles, and only mascara and light brows. She’s not the first person to show off her freckles, and she won’t be the last, but what makes her different is that the world watches her and she has an enormous, global reach. Image result for meghan markle freckles

She has the potential to start a beauty revolution. It’s time for Instagram make up to step aside. It has had its day in the sun. I’m really hoping that by having such a high profile person (nearly 2 BILLION people watched the wedding) embracing her natural beauty, others will quickly follow suit. I mean, it’s already encouraged fellow freckle faces to embrace their own skin, but I think it will go further. Every girl I have spoken to about the wedding loved how understated her make up was – not a single person commented that for such an occasion she should have worn more. We aren’t used to seeing it – not on our favourite celebrities or in the mainstream media. We are used to seeing Kardashian contour and Jenner lips (that family basically sets the standard for the female population of the world) and this COULD NOT be further from that. It might only be make up, but her wedding look made a statement. You don’t need have a Kardashian contour to capture the heart of a prince.

I love make up. I love applying it, I love playing with it and I love how it makes me look. But, I am also ready for it to be okay for women not to be held to such a high standard of artificial beauty where women feel like they have to contour their face to make it thinner or use lip plumper so their lips look bigger. If Meghan represents anything, it’s that you are beautiful exactly as you are. She embraces what makes her unique and absolutely rocks it.Β 

… and, y’know, she had the entire world saying how beautiful she was. No big deal.


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