The Glow Glossary feat. Becca Cosmetics*
I am often asked, both on my Instagram and in person, about my favourite types of Becca Cosmetics highlighters and best ways to apply them. Which is why I have decided to give as much information as I can, especially for those of you who are new to the brand, about all of their highlighters, primers, powders and even best tools to apply them with. So this might be one of my "longer", but more in-depth posts and I hope you find it helpful!
Backlight Priming Filter
Let's start with primers, shall we? I have gone through an entire bottle of Backlight Priming Filter, which for a girl who owns a lot of make-up, is quite an achievement. It comes in this luxurious matte glass bottle and contains 30 ml of an actual product. Considering a daily use, one bottle should last you well throughout a year. Now let's see what it can do for you and who will enjoy it the most.
This product was created to give your complexion an instant boost of radiance and glow. It is one of those more hydrating primers, which adds a nice layer of moisture right before you start applying your foundation/concealer/etc. So even if there was a large time gap between your morning skincare routine and make-up application, using a primer like this first will help other products blend seamlessly on top of it. If you ever feel like your skin looks exhausted and lacklustre - Backlight Priming Filter will solve your dull complexion issues in 1, 2, 3. Once blended, it almost gives you that mermaid skin glow, which I love. Another wonderful thing about this product is that every single lady (or gentleman) of any age or colour can use it, because this is a universally flattering primer. It won't make you look like a disco ball and it never appears shimmery or "too obvious" on the skin.
Does it extend the wear of make-up? From my experience it doesn't.
Will it make you look well-rested and youthful? 100 times yes!
Will it work for all skin types? I would only recommend it for girls/boys with normal, dry or very dry skin types. If you are oily or combination, this primer might look too glowy on you.
Best for? Even and luminous "lit from within" complexion.
First Light Priming Filter
Now this year, Becca have also launched a brand new primer, which we have seen all over Instagram and it is called - First Light Priming Filter. At first I am sure we all had doubts about it being violet and whether it would change colour of the skin or not. Fear not my dear friends, this primer is actually amazing and here is why.
Unlike the first primer we spoke about, this one is infused with ginger root extract and sea water. This is mainly why it has this zingy fresh ginger mixed with lemongrass kind of scent. The scent won't linger on the skin though. Although it adds a subtle glow, First Light Priming Filter serves a slightly different purpose and that is - make your skin feels awake, refreshed and hydrated. Just like Backlight Priming Filter, it is also a water-based product and you can feel that as soon as you apply it to your skin. It is extremely lightweight and gets absorbed in a second.
Once blended, the violet tint sheers out and can't be seen to the naked eye. It does, however, help fix the look of a dehydrated and dull skin by adding a gentle colour-correcting. It won't erase dark spots, severe discolouration or anything like that - and this is something worth remembering when buying this primer. Compared to Backlight Priming Filter, this one adds a soft touch of glow and radiance but nothing OTT. So, if you have tried Becca's original primer and you thought it was "too glowy" for you, this one will be a better option. Plus the experience is one of a kind; it can be compared to drinking a fresh lime-ginger juice first thing in the morning - it wakes you up, makes you feel alive and ready for the day. Also, this primer is universally flattering, so all of us can enjoy it.
Does it extend the wear of make-up? Although my skin is dry and make-up lasts well on me anyway, I haven't noticed any improvement. So, no - I don't think it does.
Will it make you feel refreshed and awake? Yes and yes.
Will it work for all skin types? I would recommend it to those of you with normal, dry or very dry skin types. If you are oily or combination, this primer might make you feel amazing and look refreshed, but it won't help with oil absorption.
Best for? Poopy skin days, when you feel dehydrated and exhausted. This primer will be an instant "pick me up". Plus if you are addicted to ginger you will seriously love it.
Left to right: Backlight Priming Filter, First Light Priming Filter. Not fully blended*
Under Eye Brightening Corrector
If you are a human-panda (like moi) or tend to have a lot of dull under eye moments due to stress or lack of sleep, Under Eye Brightening Corrector could be a game changer for you. Not to be confused with the brand's colour correctors, this one is actually a pale baby/salmon pink cream with a slight glow to it. If you swatch it on your hand and then blend it out, you can squint and maybe see (especially under a direct sunlight) a very subtle amount of shimmer.
Now, this is a product, which you can either use alone or on top of a concealer/colour corrector. Whenever I spoke about this product in the past, people would ask me one question "isn't it heavy for your under eye to layer this many products at once?" and my answer is yes and no. Here is why.
If you are someone with an occasional or very minimal under eye dullness/darkness, which only appears when you are feeling exhausted/restless/overworked, then this product alone can do it for you. Under Eye Brightening Corrector is quite creamy and pigmented, so even a very small amount is enough to brighten and correct a dull skin area. Shimmery particles (although they won't be visible to the naked eye) reflect the light just like Touche Eclat