The Best 2019 Body Makeup Products That Give Glow (Without The Grease)
When you think of body makeup, you might have flashbacks of the roll-on body glitter that you snuck into your backpack in middle school. But be not dismayed: 2019s best body makeup products aren't reminiscent of your Limited Too fave from the '90s. These days, they come in grown-up variations including concealers, oils, and highlighters that give you the ultimate sun-kissed glow — just in time for summer.
So how did body makeup go from the hallway to Hollywood? "I think going off of the glass skin trend, we’re seeing that translate down to the body," celebrity makeup artist Neil Scibelli tells The Zoe Report. "We’re paying more attention to skincare for our neck and body lately, so I’m seeing — and creating — that healthy glow on my clients all over, not just the face. I think it’s also just nice to treat the body to a dose of hydration. We can all use that"
In fact, Patrick Ta, the celebrity makeup artist who works with the likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid, recently launched his own line of products that give a gorgeous glow — and body makeup is definitely the standout offering. At a New York City launch event in March, I personally saw him apply the Major Glow Body Oi to his models using a brush to buff it in giving them a head-to-toe glow. It was, in a word, mesmerizing.
It's relatively easy to incorporate body makeup into your regular routine, as Dr. Shari Sperling of Sperling Dermatology in New Jersey, tells TZR. The NJ-based dermatologist explains the steps to properly apply body makeup. "Exfoliating the skin first will allow your makeup to apply smoother," Dr. Sperling explains. Follow up with moisturizer, top off with sunscreen, and apply makeup last. And if you're prone to breakouts, look for products that are oil free and non-comedogenic to avoid breakouts, she notes.
Body Shimmer & Highlighters
As summer is rapidly approaching, it's the ideal opportunity to experiment with a body highlighters to give yourself some extra glow — as they are *basically* sun in a bottle. These highlighters are intended to be applied with your hands or buffed in using a brush to the arms, legs, shoulders, and collarbone... no need to be delicate, as you would with your face.
Get a head to toe glow with this highlighter from Huda Beauty, recommended to use on both face and body. The products, launched in May 2019, give off a pretty dusting of glitter and are available in three shades — Aurora (warm copper), Aphrodite (golden bronze), or Luna (white gold).
Scibelli recommends using this highly-pigmented body shimmer down the shoulders and collar bone. The luminizer is available in three shades — Who Needs Clothes?! (rose gold), Trophy Wife (gold), and Brown Sugar (bronze). Who Needs Clothes?! and Brown Sugar launched November 2018, and the brand added Trophy Wife, derived from the best-selling highlighter, in April 2019.
Charlotte Tilbury's wild shitake mushroom extract and aloe vera body shimmer, which launched in 2014, is considered an industry favorite. The product assures an optical illusion of an elongated body while sporting a shimmer.
"I also use body oils for fitness shoots and photoshoots. They don’t have to be any particular brands," Scibelli explains. "Body oils reflect light, hydrate, and always give that glow." Whether you lean towards a subtle glow or an all-out intense finish, there's an oil on the market for you.
For a subtle finish, try out this lightweight body oil by Anastasia Beverly Hills. You can grab the sweet almond oil and jojoba seed oil blend at the retailer's website, but the official in-store release date isn't until June 2019.
The name of the product says it all. The vitamin C-infused product, released in April 2019, comes in two finishes: A Dream (champagne), and A Moment (bronze).
Another excellent option for a subtle shine is this body oil by Kora Organics, which launched in April 2019. This oil contains sunflower seed oil, which is high in vitamin E and helps protect skin from acne and inflammation.
A classic from the brand, Tom Ford's white floral and sandalwood body oil looks just as good on your skin as it does on your vanity.
Scibelli refers to this body glow by Nars as a classic, and rightfully so: the Monoi de Tahiti oil is a foolproof way to get an editorial-worthy all-over shimmer.
Body Blur & Foundation
Though you may be able to get away using foundation on your body, the two products vary in multiple ways. "Body makeup differs from face makeup because of the formula consistency. They’re usually sheer, buildable, and water-based," Scibelli explains. "With face makeup, there are so many different finishes — whereas with body makeup, I always start with a formula that has no shimmer or finishing additives, until needed."
"MAC’s Studio Face And Body Foundation has been a longtime classic in the body department. It’s really moveable and buildable," Scibelli notes.
"Dermablend’s Leg and Body Makeup is also known for being extremely pigmented, particularly for body. It covers everything from scars to tattoos," Scibelli explains.
Scibelli always recommends Vita Liberata’s cult classic for an everyday product, especially because of the soothing aloe vera in the formula.
Want to experiment with body makeup without breaking the bank? Start with drugstore staple by Sally Hansen, as recommended by Scibelli.