Glo Skin Beauty Blog | Makeup How-to's & Skincare Tips
Glo Skin Beauty provides the full spectrum of skincare and beauty. From your cleanser to your lipstick or moisturizer to your mascara, Glo Skin Beauty provides transformative skincare solutions paired with high pigment mineral makeup to keep you looking your best.
Summer is (almost) officially here and we’re ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Here at Glo, we’ve waited months for the sun to shine and have counted down the days until our first official summer event. Whether that’s a Memorial Day BBQ, Independence Day soirée or a Labor Day camping trip, we have the perfect products to get you ready for any summer occasion in 15 minutes or less.
Set the Scene – Everyone loves a backyard BBQ- from the grilled foods and cold drinks to the great friends and unforgettable memories, there’s no better feeling than basking in the sun (with ample SPF), pretending Monday doesn’t actually exist.
What to Wear – Your summer uniform of jean shorts, a bright top and your favorite sandals that seem to get better with age. Pair it with an oversized hat and sunnies for the ultimate fashionable yet functional ensemble.
Let’s Talk Makeup – There’s no need to put too much thought into this look, go with what you know and keep it simple.
Oil Free SPF 40+: Apply 15 minutes before leaving the house. Make sure to use a nickel-sized amount to completely cover your face, neck and ears.
Pressed Base: Use a fluffy brush to achieve light coverage. Enough to keep your concealer in the drawer but not too much that you feel overdone.
Cream Blush (Firstlove): Not only is this formula ideal for outdoor events (thanks to the lasting power of Kaolin Clay), the shade is perfect for giving a subtle touch of berry to both the cheeks and lips.
Festive Summer Cocktail Hour
Set the Scene – You’ve spent all day lounging by the pool but now it’s time to get ready for dinner. You’ll want something that’s elevated and chic but also easy to throw on, so that you can leave the party and head straight to watch the fireworks without needing to change.
What to Wear – Your favorite flowy dress, layered bangles and a silk scarf in your hair. Watch as everyone else marvels at how you managed to look so put together in so little time.
Cream Stay Shadow Stick: Use a lighter shade like Beam or Prelude for a soft hint of color, or create a summer version of the classic smokey eye with a bronze metallic like Keepsake or Echo.
Suede Matte Crayon (Bombshell): The most universally flattering blue-red in a hydrating yet long lasting matte formula, perfect for showing your patriotic side.
Luminous Setting Powder: Set your look with an effortlessly dewy finish so you can feel confident leaving your touch up kit at home.
Set the Scene – You’re outside and little to no makeup is required but you still want to wear something, just in case you take any pictures.
What to Wear – Let comfort and functionality take the lead on this one- light layers that can easily be removed and sneakers that won’t let you down.
Let’s Talk Beauty – If you’re someone who always wears makeup but knows a full face of foundation won’t last, this look will be perfect for you. It’s quick, easy and will last through most outdoor activities.
Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+: Tinted moisturizers are great for outdoor activities because they allow you to protect your skin without sacrificing makeup.
Water Resistant Mascara: If you’re sweating, there’s a high chance your mascara is running. Tackle that issue easily by using a water resistant formula.
Contour Kit: This may seem like it’ll take too long, but hear us out- this palette serves as the perfect all-in-one bronzer and eye shadow kit, so you can do as much or as little as you want (or have time for).
If you have oily skin, you know how critical it is to find makeup that won’t slide off your face by noon. Normally, you may gravitate to all powdered products but that doesn’t always have to be the case, as you’ll see below. Before you begin your beauty routine, make sure your skin is properly prepped and moisturized. Contrary to popular belief, hydrating oily skin can actually help regulate oil production, meaning less shine throughout the day. Enough about skincare, let’s get to the fun stuff- makeup!
Primed to Perfection
The first step to achieving your perfect base application starts with your primer. Mattifying Primer helps de-shine and refine areas with excess oil, likely your t-zone but possibly other areas as well. This will also help ensure products stay put all day. If you’re looking for a multitasker, try Tinted Primer SPF 30 for a sheer wash of color to even tone and provide mineral SPF protection.
Find Your Formula
Glo Skin Beauty offers four fantastic base options, but our best-selling Pressed Base is our #1 choice for anyone with oily skin. It’s great for any skin type and gives the most effortless, semi-matte finish. Customize your coverage to suit your personal preference by switching out your brush, more/dense bristles = more coverage.
Conceal and Correct
When handling oily skin, it’s important to look for oil free formulas to avoid adding any additional shine. We love Oil Free Camouflage because it conceals, corrects and brightens- all in one product. Applying concealer after your base may seem strange but it actually helps you use less product, since your base will likely be enough to correct most blemishes and redness. Use your fingers or a brush, like Full Coverage Camouflage Brush, depending on your desired coverage.
Set it and Forget it
Ensure your foundation lasts all day by using a setting powder to finish your look. Perfecting Powder is a great match for Pressed Base, It eliminates shine without leaving you dry or cakey. Don’t be afraid to use multiple times throughout the day, it’s ultra fine minerals deliver a smooth, creamy application every time.
You were probably expecting us to recommend a powder blush here, as that is what’s most common for oily skin but thanks to the wonderful ingredient, Kaolin Clay, Cream Blush can be part of any oily skin girl (or guy’s) beauty repertoire. For a quick and easy application, use clean fingertips to dab on the apples of your cheeks. If you have a little more time, apply with Dual Fiber Cheek Brush and set with a complementary powder blush shade for extra staying powder.
Seal it with a Kiss
Our traditional Lipstick formula is unlike any you’ve ever tried. Just like Cream Blush, it also includes Kaolin Clay, meaning it’s ultra long-lasting. With 20 shades to choose from you can create any look you want, from bold reds to soft pinks, to warm neutrals. Plus, it has a magnetic closure cap, meaning color won’t slide off your lips or in your purse!
Knowing that your makeup won’t interfere with your skincare is a great feeling. All of our products are talc-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free and were created with even the most sensitive skin types in mind. Like we said earlier, starting with appropriately prepped skin can mean all the difference when it comes to applying products on oily skin. Learn more about our top skincare products for oily skin.
Expanding our foundation shade range is something we at Glo have been working on for a while. If you read our recent Beauty Trends post, you’ll remember us mentioning shade range expansion as more than just a trend. Instead, it is a step towards greater inclusivity in an industry that prides itself on self expression. This is something that we plan to continue working on but are thrilled to announce that our two top-selling foundations, Pressed Base and Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18 are now available in additional shades.
Let’s start with dermatologist recommended, Pressed Base. First, take everything you think you know about powder foundations and throw it out the window. We triple mille our unique formula to ensure every application provides even, continuous coverage. Whether you want sheer or full coverage, your final look will never be cakey due to its semi-matte finish.
Dry, aging or sensitive skin? Pressed Base is for you. Virtually any skin type can wear (and enjoy) our talc-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free base. And with its proprietary blend of minerals and antioxidants, your skin will be nourished and protected from environmental stressors. Did you know, we even recommend Pressed Base for clients post procedure. It offers enough coverage and protection to get you out of the treatment room and on with your day.
Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18
If you’re more into liquid formulas, let’s take a look at our other award-winning formula, Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18. This lightweight base provides sheer to medium coverage with a stunning, dewy finish. But what makes this foundation different than the rest? It’s our Diamond Powder technology that effortlessly blends and erases imperfections, leaving you with a smooth and radiant canvas. Included in our formula is moisturizing agents to deliver a flawless, ageless complexion.
Just like Pressed Base and the rest of our products, Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18 contains skin-benefiting ingredients that are talc-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. You’ll never have to compromise the health of your skin when wearing any of our makeup products. Not to mention, each shade contains at least SPF 18, meaning you can enjoy your fun in the sun, while staying protected from harmful rays.
Whether you’re looking to try one of our bases for the first time, switch up your foundation formula or find your perfect summer shade, we offer more foundation shades than ever before! It is our ongoing goal to continue expanding our base shade offerings and we hope that this first iteration allows more of you to experience the amazing benefits of our mineral formulas.
It’s April- the sun is shining, spring is blooming and outdoor patios are calling your name. But what happens when an unexpected shower interrupts your day and threatens to wash off all of your makeup? Enter our trusty rainy day products. Whether it’s rain, tears, humidity or sweat, these five products promise to stay in place as long as you need them to.
This should be a no-brainer if you think there’s a chance of rain (or tears) in your future. Our unique formula lengthens and volumizes, while also providing intense color pay off, to keep the drama on your lashes and off your face. Have another mascara formula that you’d rather use? You can always use Water Resistant Mascara as a last step to help increase your regular mascara’s staying power. Just apply your daily mascara as usual, then top with Water Resistant Mascara.
If we had to choose one product to take to a deserted island, this would be it. Our favorite multi-tasker does it all and won’t budge for all day wear. With 12 stunning shades to choose from, you can create any look for day or night with just a few, easy to use shadow sticks. Just remember, their staying power takes hold almost immediately, so make sure to blend quickly!
The ultimate product if your day starts with sun and ends with rain. Our most versatile primer offers SPF 30 with just enough coverage to even tone and smooth texture. By using a primer under your foundation, you’ll spend less time making touch ups and more time enjoying the weather. If you choose to wear it alone, it will provide enough staying power to last through an unexpected drizzle. Think of Tinted Primer SPF 30 as a light rain coat- enough to keep you dry while you run for cover but not enough to stay put through a monsoon.
The easiest way to pull together a look that might get rained out? With a pop of color on the lips! Our unique matte formula provides a soft, matte finish without over drying. It’s nourishing and conditioning and is available in seven shades, ranging from nudes to reds to berries. Feel free to toss it in your bag for touch ups but we doubt you’ll need it- one swipe and you’re good to go for the day!
The last thing you need on a rainy day is for your brows to wash away. The ultra-fine tip is frames and shapes your brows for an effortless, yet polished look, while the wax-based formula adds natural color and fill that won’t budge for up to 10 hours. It’s the type of product to make you wonder how you ever made it through life before it.
But what happens when you’re ready to take these products off for the night? Grab an oil-based cleanser, like Essential Cleansing Oil, to gently lift and remove product. For the ultimate clean, follow with your favorite Glo Skin Beauty cleanser.
Smooth skin is always in but it’s not always a reality. As we age, cell turnover slows and dead skin cells buildup on skin’s surface. This build up causes dullness and uneven texture, which you may recognize as dry, flakey patches that become more noticeable when washing your face or applying makeup. The harsh reality is, while babies’ skin cells renew about every 2 weeks (lucky them), more mature skin cells (found on clients 50+) take up to 2 months to regenerate.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, any skin type can experience texture. Though it’s more common for those with dry skin, dehydration, sun exposure and lack of exfoliation each contribute to the build up of excess cells.
How to Smooth Skin
Thankfully, Glo offers an entire line of products dedicated to smoothing and refining your complexion. The Smooth Skin Solution uses targeted ingredients to help exfoliate and remove dead cells, while also increasing cell turnover rate so you can experience the smoothest skin of your life.
This active gel cleanser contains hydroxy acids that deeply clean pores and loosen surface cells, resulting in a more refined complexion. It is a great replacement for your regimen cleanser up to 5x per week.
10% Glycolic Acid: stimulates exfoliation; improves skin texture, uneven pigmentation and fine lines
Canadian Willowherb: an antioxidant and soothing botanical that refreshes skin
Aloe Vera: anti-inflammatory; hydrates and promotes skin healing
Our Level 2 smoothing serum lessens the look of fine lines, pores and texture irregularities. Acids, Retinol and natural brighteners provide textural and anti-aging benefits. Use up to 7 nights per week.
Retinol: stimulates collagen production and cell turnover to smooth skin
Mulberry Extract: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that brightens skin
Gallic Acid: provides skin brightening, antibacterial and antioxidant benefits
Our Level 3 smoothing serum features a powerful formula that promotes collagen formation for a toned and softened complexion. Use up to 7 nights per week.
All-Trans-Retinol: stimulates collagen production and cell turnover to smooth skin
Sodium Ascorbate: a form of Vitamin C that strengthens and brightens skin
Vitamin E: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant skin conditioner
After you workout the details of your new skincare routine, it’s time to take a look at your beauty products. One of the best products to use on rough, textured skin is a primer. Glo offers several face primers to help tackle any need. This is a crucial step in evening out your complexion and will ensure your makeup applies smoothly.
Are you ready to reveal your smoothest skin yet? Check out our Smooth Skin Solution for more info!
When discussing chemical exfoliation and safe-for-home acids, one in particular stands out as the gold standard. If you’re well-versed on your skincare ingredients, you probably know that we’re talking about Glycolic Acid. Skincare professionals have raved about this transformative ingredient for years but not everyone has jumped on board. If you’re looking to retexturize your skin, treat acne, diminish fine lines or improve your complexion, we invite you to explore the wonderful world of Glycolic Acid.
What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring substance, found in plants, fruit and milk. If you’re unfamiliar with chemical exfoliants, it falls into the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) category, which contains water soluble acids. Known for its small molecular size, studies show that this impressive ingredient can penetrate deeper into pores, providing better results.
What does it do?
Put simply, it breaks up the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together, improving rough, coarse and uneven texture. As we age, cell turnover and renewal rates slow, which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. In addition to uneven texture, having an excess of dead skin cells causes breakouts, dullness and wrinkles. Not to mention, its exfoliating properties can help loosen up dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
Should I be using Glycolic Acid?
If you want a smoother complexion, then yes. Because dehydration, sun exposure, genetics and lack of exfoliation contribute to texture irregularities, this common skin concern is not limited to just one skin type. Most clients (aside form those with extra sensitive skin) should look at incorporating at least one product into their routine that contains dermatologists’ favorite acid.
How do I use it?
That depends on your desired effects and your current skincare routine. Whether you have one opening or want an entirely new regimen, Glo has several options to fill any part of your routine with the popular anti-aging and acne fighting ingredient.
Glycolic Acid Trio
Though this trio is not packaged or sold together, the three products (Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer) work great as a hard-hitting Glycolic Acid starter kit or on their own, as individual contributors to a routine. BYRDIE even ranked Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser as one of their top 15 Glycolic Acid cleansers!
As we’ve mentioned, Glycolic Acid is a great do-it-all chemical exfoliant but it can be more targeted for specific skin concerns, especially if you use it in a serum.
Renew Serum (Acne): A level 1 smoothing serum that helps clear pores and diminish the look of fine lines. Also includes, Salicylic Acid and Retinol.
Brightening Serum (Hyperpigmentation): A level 1 brightening serum featuring natural brighteners to gently, yet effectively, brighten the complexion.
Retinol Smoothing Serum (Texture): A level 2 smoothing serum that also addresses hyperpigmentation concerns. Also includes Retinol.
Triple Action Serum (Hyperpigmentation): A level 3 brightening serum that dramatically reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Also includes, Hydroquinone and Retinol.
Any negative side effects?
Glad you asked. Using any Alpha-Hydroxy Acid increases your sensitivity to the sun, so it’s important that you’re using a daily sunscreen. Additionally, Glycolic Acid can make your skin drier than normal, so make sure to introduce new products slowly and keep your skin moisturized.
Want more Glycolic Acid? Check out all of our skincare products containing our go-to acid for smooth skin!
There’s countless scenarios when having mini product kits is a lifesaver: when you’re wanting to test a new product but not ready to commit to the full size, when you’ve found your favorite product but don’t want to transfer it to a smaller bottle for travel, when you need to give a gift but have no idea what to get, you get the point- the possibilities are endless.
Kits make our lives infinitely easier by providing all of the products we need in one place. Not to mention, they provide an affordable option to test out several products at once, to ensure you’ll be happy with the results. Instead of saving up for months, hoping that full size serum will be your new holy grail, get out there and try the new products you’re eyeing- your skin and wallet will thank you.
Desk to Datenight
Think of our Desk to Datenight kits as a personal makeup artist who hand-picked corresponding eye, cheek and lip shades to make getting ready for work or a night out a breeze. Whether you’re new to our color products or just wanting an effortless look that requires little decisions, this will be your go-to. With a mini quad and full size Blush, Precision Lip Pencil and Gloss, you’ll be able to transform your look with ease (and the same products you started with)! Current shade offerings include Bon Voyage, Hey, Sailor, Rebel Angel (while supplies last) and Cityscape (while supplies last).
Regimen Skin Sets
This is where you’ll find our classic products in TSA-approved bottles. Three kits to represent the three skin type: Oily, Combination and Dry, which each include a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and eye cream. If you’re unsure of your skin type, this can be a great way to test out products to ensure they’ll work. Regimen Skin Sets are also the perfect way to introduce someone to skincare- small packaging makes everything much less intimidating.
Solution Skin Sets
The next level of skincare sets, our Solution Sets, represent three of our most popular skin concerns: Aging, Acne and Sensitivity also available in TSA-approved sizes. Each kit contains a cleanser, moisturizer, serum plus Protecting Powder SPF 20 to ensure the sun doesn’t do any additional damage after you’ve worked so hard on transforming your skin. Active
Meet Your Match
Our best-selling Pressed Base mineral foundation is a hit with almost everyone who tries it but finding your perfect shade in a sea of 20 options isn’t always easy. We created the Meet Your Match kit to give you smaller options so you can try two shades at once. Now, all you have to do is identify your color family (Natural, Golden, Beige, Honey) and you’ll be set! We’ve even included mini versions of Face Primer, Perfecting Powder and Flat-top Kabuki Brush so you can have the full flawless foundation experience. Please note that at this time, our Meet Your Match kits do not represent our entire shade range but we are working hard to fix this! If you’re looking for more shades, please see our full size Pressed Bases.
Ready, Set, Kiss
When it comes to weddings and other celebrations, it’s almost always imperative to keep a couple touch-up items on hand. But which ones are most important? Glad you asked- we live for a nude-pink lip and a dewy complexion, so we created our Ready Set Kiss set, which includes full size Lipstick (Pillow Talk), Precision Lip Pencil (Soulmate),Gloss (Whisper) and mini versions of our Luminous Setting Powder and Setting Powder Brush. Did we mention it comes in an adorable clutch?
Your one stop shop for everything brows. Fill, tweeze, brush- you name it, you can do it with the Brow Collection. The Brow Quad contains two shades of powder, highlight and wax, plus we’ve included our top tools for brows that wow- a spoolie, tweezers and brow brush. Toss this in your bag and you’ll never have a brow emergency again.
For Spring ’19, we’re loving neutrals with pops of color. One of our newest Desk to Datenight kits features a warm palette with a pop of coral (on trend with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral). This introductory kit includes four expertly chosen products that make getting ready for day or night a breeze. With a mini Shadow Quad and full size Blush, Precision Lip Pencil and Gloss, you’ll be ready for wherever your journey may lead.
If you’re new to our color collection, the Desk to Datenight kits are a great way to become acquainted with our products. You might even be surprised at the intense color payoff that comes from our mineral-based formulas! As with all of our products, you’ll never have to sacrifice skin health for makeup.
Try this chic, simple look for your daily routine. The soft, bronzed shades make for a perfect office look that pairs effortlessly with your favorite business-wear.
Using the Bon Voyage Quad, apply Postcard to entire lid using the Eye Base Brush.
Looking for your next great adventure? Then set sail with our latest Desk to Datenight kit, Hey, Sailor. This collection provides gorgeous shades that remind us of deep waves and sandy shores, with bronzed neutrals and a pop of deep navy. You’ll have no trouble getting ready for work or a night on the town with our expertly chosen kit that features a mini Shadow Quad and full size Blush, Precision Lip Pencil and Gloss.
If you’ve never experimented with our color collection, the Desk to Datenight kits provide an easy (and affordable) way to test out our products. You’ll notice that our mineral-based formulas provide intense color payoff, a fact that may come as a surprise if you were under the impression that mineral makeup was not meant for color. And because we focus on healthy ingredients, you’ll never have to sacrifice your skin for your beauty products.
Try this effortlessly fresh take on your favorite neutral eye. The sheer, rose gold shades and simple liner let you show off your style in a professional environment.
Using the Hey, Sailor, lightly buff Twig into crease and define under lower lashline using Crease Shader Brush.
Developed to smooth skin, our Glycolic Trio highlights the exfoliating power of Glycolic Acid. This highly concentrated AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) penetrates the skin’s uppermost layers to loosen the “glue” that holds cells together. What’s left, is fresher, healthier-looking skin.
AHAs are most effective for daily use at a 5% to 10% concentration. They go beyond what typical physical face scrubs do to improve overall skin tone, without the use of abrasive ingredients. Learn more about the difference between physical and chemical exfoliants. The Glycolic Trio contains strong, results-oriented products that are intended to be used as treatments products rather than daily regimen items. While one may use all three to treat their skin, it’s best to customize your mix depending on your specific skin concerns and level of sensitivity.
Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser (10% Glycolic Acid) deep cleans acne-prone and hyperpigmented skin, uncovering a renewed and refined complexion. This highly concentrated cleanser also stimulates cell regeneration and preps and conditions skin to optimize the results of the toner and moisturizer. Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser would be an ideal product to add into a daily regimen up to five times per week for someone with acne or environmentally damaged skin.
Glycolic Resurfacing Toner (7% Glycolic Acid) is a leave-on toning solution that clears congested skin. This clear liquid also helps refine pores, while softening and smoothing overall texture. It contains a brightening ingredient that makes it ideal for hyperpigmentation and works wonders on acne. Use this toner up to 7x per week.
Glycolic Resurfacing Cream (10% Glycolic Acid) combines hydration with powerful smoothing. This unique moisturizer retexturizes the skin to address multiple skin concerns, while softening the appearance of fine lines and refining pores to encourage a fresh, radiant complexion. This is a great choice for those who have combination or dry skin with uneven texture. Apply nightly after cleansing and toning.
Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and retinoids make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s extra important that you use SPF in the daytime. Regardless, always complete your morning skincare routine with a Glo Skin Beauty suncare product.