Usually, fall beauty trends are all about smoky eyes, contoured cheekbones, wine-tinged lips (or all of the above.) But this season, the focus is on fresh, glowing skin — a dewiness that comes from being healthy and taking care of yourself from the inside-out, and using makeup to reveal the best version of yourself instead of covering up “imperfections.” Who wouldn’t want that kind of luminosity year round, and while I try to radiate good health, we all have days where we need a little extra help getting our glow on. I was super excited to try the new collection of glow-getting products from the Pixi by Petra Collection at Target, and I’ve got to say — you know how every once in awhile you stumble upon a beauty product that is totally game-changing? This happened for me. Click through to see the new skincare item I can’t live without, plus the 8 steps I use to get my glow on!
*photos by Kristen Kilpatrick
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I’m a big believer that makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath it. I try to take good care of my skin with a regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine — so I also look for makeup that’s just as nourishing with ingredients that benefit my skin while enhancing features.
The Pixi collection is formulated with innovative ingredients and lightweight textures that let our naturally beautiful skin shine through, instead of trying to cover everything up. As the mama of two now, my mornings are usually crazy, so I love having a handful of products I can rely on to get me glowing fast!
Okay guys — time for the big reveal. The Pixi Glow Tonic is that game-changing product I referred to in the intro! It exfoliates skin with glycolic acid, and brightens with aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts. Since I started using it, I’ve had fewer clogged pores and have definitely noticed an overall glowier appearance!
After cleansing, I put a few drops on a cotton pad and rub over my entire face to slough off dead skin and wake everything up, then I follow with a lightweight moisturizer.
I’ve used primer under my makeup for years, but this one works overtime: It neutralizes any blotchiness and smoothes skin, and it also leaves this amazing lustre that makes me look like I got a full 8 hours sleep (even if that was sadly not the case.) It’s packed with pearl extract and Vitamins E, A, and C for powerful anti-aging benefits. I top it with the sheerest foundation so that the peachy golden sheen of the primer can shine through.
Even if you’re not a naturally-bronzed goddess, this pressed powder bronzer gives the look of sun-kissed skin, and the fluffy brush lets you control the intensity — from just a touch of sun to full-on color.
I swirl the bronzer onto tops of cheekbones up to temples, and then lightly brush along the bridge of my nose and on my forehead — everywhere the sun naturally hits. This is also my favorite touch-up product in the afternoon when my complexion starts looking a bit tired. A few swirls of this glow-getter around the face is more effective than a double-latte for waking me up (or at least making me look like it!)
When it comes to eyeshadow, I almost always prefer a super natural look over loud colors. This Pixi Eye Bright Kit gives just a hint of soft color and lets you mix and blend the shades for a customized look. I used the lightest shade as a highlighter on the inner corners of eyes, brow bone, and cupid’s bow of my lips for major gleam. It’s formulated with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil for a super luxurious feel that glides on and stays put.
Back to my obsession-worthy Glow Tonic! It does double-duty: I douse a cotton pad in the tonic and then buff my lips to exfoliate and smooth before applying lip color. After all, the prettiest fall lipsticks only look as good as the lips underneath…
For my everyday look, I like my lips to look natural — but as naturally full and gorgeous as possible, please! This Pixi LipLift Max is infused with peptides that hydrate and plump lips, leaving a clear glossy finish. I’ll wear it on its own for play dates with kids and days at the office, or wear it over a darker lipstick for meetings and date nights.
I’m a major mascara girl, and this one is a great new find! My lashes are pretty straight on their own, and this one really lifts at the roots giving a more bright-eyed appearance. I decided to mix it up and try the “blackest blue” shade that makes the whites of the eyes appear even whiter. To apply, I tilt my head back and then slowly wiggle the wand back and forth from the very base of the lashes to the tips. I let it dry for 30 seconds, then add a second coat!
I love makeup, but I’ve realized that using lightweight products makes me feel more carefree and true to myself. I don’t want to cover up that sprinkling of freckles on my nose, and I love the look of bare lips peeking through my gloss. I gravitate towards products that blend into skin and enhance my natural glow so I feel like the best possible version of myself.
This final product is so genius: Pixi’s Glow Mist can go on under makeup to hydrate, or (as I do) lightly spritz on after makeup for a dewy finish that helps makeup stay put and leaves a radiance on your entire skin. It’s enriched with skin-quenching ingredients like natural oils, aloe vera, and fruit extracts to fight dullness all day long. I’ve been misting it on during the day whenever my makeup needs a pick-me-up, and the added hydration instantly gives me my glow back.
The glowy skin trend is all about evening out our complexions and letting our skin shine through. I love this look because it’s easy, sheer and real — even when I’m wearing makeup, I still look and feel like me!
I’d love to hear: what are your favorite tips for getting a glowing, luminous complexion?