Ah, summer. So much to love about this time of year—cookouts with friends, cocktails al fresco, dewy skin at its peak of glowiness. And just like things can go wrong to ruin your BBQ (see: thunder and lightening), it’s a very fine line between glossy sheen and greasy mess when it comes to your skin and your makeup. The tipping point can be as hard to ascertain as finding a tiny needle in a very big haystack. But fear not! That’s why you have us! We’re here to help you add sheen to your skin so you can have makeup that’s perfectly glistening, but not outright shimmery. (The last thing you want is a complexion resembling a disco ball, unless that’s your thing. Or it’s Halloween, and you’re in costume. Just saying.)
This isn’t an invitation for metallics and chrome (which we do love and wear. It’s just that there’s a time and place for them, and this is neither the time nor the place). Instead, it’s a chance for radiance-boosting creams, luminous powders, and magical balms. And to help you know what to select for each area of your face and body, we turned to one of our favorite LA-based makeup experts, and one known for giving good glow, Emily Kate Warren. Below, she goes over the face and body part by part, explaining the best methods for adding sheen to each section. Her advice is so simple and easy to follow, you’ll be showing off your gloss boss self in no time—all without breaking a sweat.