Here’s how one beauty writer uses liquid drops to get an ethereal glow

When it comes to beauty, my DIY ethos is robust. I cut and dye my own hair with flagrant disregard for the professionals, and I’ll happily glue gemstones and sequins to my face for little-to-no-reason. And even the most mundane of makeup activity is not immune from my desire to mess about.

Foundation is right up there, too and most of the time, it can be a creative process. Sometimes all you need is a wide and varied collection of liquid droppers to spice up your beauty looks. Liquid drops can help you customize your makeup look in many different ways. Whether you want a more dewy, glowy look or want to create a personalized foundation that matches your skin tone, liquid drops can help you achieve any beauty look you desire. There are even liquid drops for your skin care needs.

Without further adieu, I’ve rounded up my favorite liquid drops that will give you an ethereal glow.

Plus, you can see the magic they do with just one drop added to your foundation!

Here are some of my favorites:


Here’s a breakdown of my fave liquid droppers:

First up on my list, the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26. This is the lowest coverage base product I own, but it adds an ethereal glow, longevity, and a skin-like finish. Next up, the Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup in 0, $64. It brightens up your foundation, adds luminosity, and has a bonus SPF 30.

The CoverFX Custom Cover Drops, $44, are cult-favorites and beauty blogger-approved for a reason. It adds intense pigment and thus, coverage. To round out my list, the CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, adds intense highlight. The shade Halo has a surprisingly subtle, translucent lilac glow, and Moonlight has a metallic, cool gold.

Skin care-focused liquid droppers:


Here’s a breakdown of my fave liquid droppers:

First up, the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80, while fantastic as it is cheap, this serum mixes well with your base to make it smoother and more hydrating, thus it’s better for really sinking into your skin. Next, the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster, $41, is a primer/serum hybrid, which, when mixed, gives everything a more skin-like finish. Plus, it’s long-wearing.

I also love the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $52, because it adds emollience, blendability, and shine to any base. The SkinCeuticals HA Booster, $98, is a serum like the Ordinary, but much, much stronger. It immediately plumps skin and adds glow, even when mixed in with other products. Note, I did not use it in my hand sampling, for every last drop is precious to me.

And here are some of the liquid drop concoctions that you can make.


For a dewy glow, add one drop of CoverFX’s Custom Cover Drops and one drop Moonlight Custom Enhancer Drops. Then, mix it with one drop of Fresh’s Seaberry Face Oil and one drop of Armani’s Maestro Glow.


This combination gives coverage with plenty of glow, both dewy and metallic, along with a skin-like finish and plenty of moisture.

For a translucent, ethereally glowy base, which lasts all day, here’s what you’ll need. Although to note, you’ll need concealer for this, unless you’re an actual, real life angel.


Add three drops Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint, one drop of Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops, in Halo and one drop of Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Skin Booster.


For a more natural, glow-from-within- look, you’ll need four drops Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint, one drop Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops, and two drops of The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.


This combination cuts the intense coverage with a skin like base of the tint, while the serum makes it all sink into the skin in a super-natural way.

Of course, these are all just examples of what can be achieved through that liquid dropper life. You needn’t stick exclusively to dropper formulations — adding any of these guys to your regular base can give a great effect. But sometimes it’s fun to play scientist, right?

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