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Apparently, You Can Achieve a Red Carpet Glow in Just 3 Steps—Here's How

Here's how one makeup artist makes celebrities look "flawless" for the cameras.
Apparently, You Can Achieve a Red Carpet Glow in Just 3 Steps—Here's How
IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/makeupbyariel, Tiktok/mandylikes
Here's how one makeup artist makes celebrities look "flawless" for the cameras.

TikTok trends may come and go, but glowing, airbrushed-looking skin will always be in. Put those two together and you'll have a timeless technique, and one particular hack we found on the app is actually rumored to be the key to celebrities' red carpet-ready skin.

In a video with now over 2.6 million views, beauty content creator Savannah Rae Collins (@officialsavannahrae) spilled the secrets of an unnamed celebrity makeup artist friend. She said that to give clients virtually "flawless" and camera-ready skin, makeup artists use a very specific set of products and techniques. The unbelievable part? It involves only three steps! Take a closer look at the method below:

How to Do the 3-Step "Red Carpet Glow" Technique from TikTok

Step 1: Use a hydrating primer.

By now, you probably already know that the steps before putting on your makeup are almost as important as the actual makeup process itself.  For this technique, Savannah suggests using a hydrating primer as a base. Not only does it deliver the usual primer MO—blurred appearance of pores, smoothened skin texture—but it also makes for a more glowy base than what you would get with a regular or mattifying one. 

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Savannah recommends particular products in her routine—Becca Cosmetics' Backlight Priming Filter and E.L.F.’s Poreless Putty Primer—but you can use pretty much any formula that helps to reduce visible texture while hydrating and prepping your skin.

Try:

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Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer, P2230, FENTY BEAUTY, Sephora; Glowscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Primer, P2170, SUPERGOOP!Sephora

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Step 2: Apply a complexion booster.

Not quite a primer and not quite a foundation, this product is on a league of its own—Charlotte Tilbury launched Hollywood Flawless Filter in 2018 and since then, the beauty community has been hooked. According to Savannah, makeup artists "swear by" this product, and we hear the same sentiment from well, everyone who’s tried it. 

For those who don’t know, Flawless Filter is a liquid formula designed to give your skin a "real-life social media filter" look, that is, an illuminating glow, all while blurring imperfections and smoothing out texture. Savannah dots it all over her face, with a slight focus on higher points (such as cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead). Content creator Amelia Olivia (@ameliaolivia09) takes a more liberal approach by swiping the product all over her face, while Mandy (@mandylikes) tries dimensionality by using two shades. Once you apply it, don’t blend it out just yet. Keep it as is as you walk into the next step.

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PHOTO BY Tiktok/ameliaolivia09
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Hollywood Flawless Filter, $44 (approx. P2291), CHARLOTTE TILBURY, beautylish.com

Step 3: Add a skin tint.

Before blending out the complexion booster, make a concoction of sorts by adding a few drops of your favorite skin tint. You can opt to dot it around the parts of her face where you don’t have the complexion booster yet like Savannah does, or, layer it right on top like Amelia does. Once both products are on your skin, grab your go-to makeup sponge and dampen it with water. Complete the whole routine by gently blending everything out.

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PHOTO BY Tiktok/officialsavannahrae
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Try:

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Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector Mini, P1450, LAURA MERCIER, Rustan's; Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint, P2525, SHISEIDOZalora

Should you try it? 

If there’s a makeup look that’s universally flattering on every person, it’s a luminous base. Over the past few years, we’ve come to love the glowing skin look as evidenced by the rise of the dewy makeup tutorials and the Korea-originated "glass-skin" look. Today’s beauty hack is a new—and dare we say, better—approach to the glowing makeup because it addresses something that the other trends don't—coverage and texture enhancement.

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Because in reality, a glowing base usually comes with the caveat of emphasized skin imperfections; the shine tends to draw attention to acne, bumps, pores, and so on. This technique gives you that much-desired glow, but with complexion-enhancing properties that makes it a truly works-for-everyone makeup hack.

Want to try the technique? Here are some celebrity makeup looks you can use as inspiration!

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Hailey Bieber
PHOTO BY Instagram/nikki_makeup
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Shay Mitchell
PHOTO BY Instagram/makeupbyariel

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