There’s no better time than 2020 to have a glow up. What is a glow up, you ask? A total beauty look transformation! While you certainly don’t need makeup or new clothes to look beautiful, the right makeup look and accessories can help change your entire aura.
Looking to learn how to glow up? Consider this article a guide to your 2020 glow up routine—from your makeup to your hairstyle to your wardrobe, we're covering it all. Below, find all of our best glow-up tips to teach you how you can glow up whether you have two hours or a whole week.
HOW TO GLOW UP IN TWO HOURS
Short on time? Here’s how to have a glow up in just two hours, with the help of makeup and hairstyling products.
YOUR GLOW UP MAKEUP ROUTINE
When it comes to glowing up, your makeup look comes first. Follow the steps below, and you’ll be sure to turn heads.
STEP #1: PRIME YOUR FACE
You don’t want your glow up to fade throughout the day, do you? Of course not! Keep your makeup look in place by using a makeup primer underneath your foundation. For your glow up makeup routine, opt for a matte primer that will help keep oil at bay. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer, smoothing on an even layer.
STEP #2: PERFECT YOUR COMPLEXION
To create the appearance of flawless skin, reach for a full-coverage foundation. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight has a lightweight, buildable formula that resists transfer, sweat, and water. Sign us up! Apply it using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a seamless finish.
STEP #3: CONTOUR IT UP
Next, you’ll want to contour to sculpt and define your features. First, reach for a concealer in a hue that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage. Apply the lighter shade in upside-down triangles beneath your eyes, above your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, and down the bridge of your nose. Then, blend out the concealer using your makeup blender. Next, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to a few key spots: the hollows of your cheeks, your jawline, your temples, and the sides of your nose.
STEP #4: ADD SOME GLOW
What’s a glow up without some glow? Pop a highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder, onto the tops of your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and the tip of your nose.
STEP #5: BOOST YOUR BROWS
No makeup look is complete without bold, flawless brows. Use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel to fill and perfect your eyebrow look. First, use the doe-foot applicator to fill in any sparse areas, then use the angled brush to define and sharpen your brow shape. Finally, comb through your brows with the spoolie to blend the product for a naturally full final look.
STEP #6: SMOKE IT OUT
Ready to make things smoky? Let’s move onto your eye shadow. First, pack a medium brown shade onto your lid, blending the color into your crease to act as a transition shade. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up. Then, deepen the look by working a matte black, such as the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Noir Cest Noir, into your crease. Start with a small amount of black shadow and gradually build the color up.
Drag the same shade along your lower lash line, making sure to softly smudge it as you go. Finish the eye shadow portion of your look by popping the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Petite Perle onto your inner corner for a bright accent that will make your eyes really pop against the smudged black shadow.
STEP #7: LINE YOUR EYES
Next, tightline your upper lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black.
STEP #8: AMP UP THE VOLUME
Finish your eye makeup look with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume.
STEP #9: COLOR YOUR POUT
For your lip color, we love the look of a statement-making matte pink hue. For extra precision, use a lip brush to apply the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Represent.
STEP #10: SET YOUR LOOK
Finish your glow up routine by setting your look for “just applied” makeup all day and night! Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray to do just that.
HOW TO GLOW UP WITH YOUR HAIRSTYLE
Now that you have your makeup applied to perfection, you may be wondering how to style your locks to match. Well, there’s one hairstyle that simply never goes out of style and also conveys serious glamour. We’re talking about voluminous curls! Here’s how to get them for yourself.
What you’ll need:
Wide-barrel curling iron
Get the look:
Want a step-by-step tutorial? Head over to our article, How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type.
HOW TO GLOW UP IN A WEEK
Have a bit more time on your hands? Keep the above tutorials in mind, then spend the extra days stocking your wardrobe.
HOW TO GLOW UP WITH YOUR OUTFIT
When time isn't an issue, you can pay more attention to your outfit. Your style is all about personal preference, but we’ll share a few fashion tips to keep in mind when choosing your ensemble.
TIP #1: FIND PERFECT-FITTING JEANS
The jeans that look best on you aren’t necessarily going to be the latest denim trend—and that’s totally okay! Find the cut that looks and feels best on your body, whether that’s boyfriend, straight leg, skinny, or something else.
TIP #2: STOCK UP ON ACCESSORIES
Accessories are the perfect way to add a little something extra to any outfit—even one that you’ve already worn dozens of times over. Some on-trend accessories we love at the moment include snakeskin belts, head wraps, and statement necklaces.
TIP #3: WHEN IN DOUBT, POP ON SOME SHADES
Topping things off with a pair of sunglasses can seriously upgrade any look. They somehow just instantly garner a cool, calm, and collected vibe. Keep a pair on hand for sunny days!
TIP #4: PICK CUTE, COMFORTABLE HEELS
While heels are certainly not a necessity for a glow-up transformation, there’s no denying that wearing a pair of high-heeled shoes can give you an instant confidence boost. There’s just something about the click-clack sound you’ll make with each step that will have you feeling like a total boss babe! One last word of advice: Find a pair of heels that’s as comfortable as they are chic.
Okay, you’ve officially “glown” up! Of course, we thought you were a 10 to begin with, but you’re definitely shining now. If you want to up your beauty transformation even more, consider trying one of The Biggest and Best Makeup Trends for 2020.
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