Trade Secrets Revealed: How Celebrity MUA Achieves Ever-Elusive Skin-Like Glow

It’s easy enough to incorporate into your daily routine.

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Tonya Brewer has almost two decades of experience working with celebrities—she’s painted the faces of many of the most photographed people on the planet. So, she was our first stop in search of the easiest ways to make our skin look glowing, natural, happy, and glass-like. Luckily, she spilled all her best-kept secrets. Below, find her step-by-step process to getting your daily makeup to look natural yet entirely radiant.

Meet the Expert

Tonya Brewer is an L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist who has worked in the industry for 18 years. Some of her clients include Sia, Maddie Ziegler, Olivia Holt, Jade Pettyjohn, Kourtney Kardashian, and Olivia Rodrigo.

The Prep:

“Prep your skin using moisturizer and gently massage it into your skin. Softly tap around your eye area.”

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The Base:

“Add a ‘base glow’ using highlighter on the high points of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and the Cupid's bow of your lips.” Brewer recommends Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Hydrating Makeup Primer.

The Concealer:

“Apply concealer to neutralize and blur any darkness under your eyes. Blend it into your skin.” Brewer recommends Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Face and Under-Eye Concealer.

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The Foundation:

Use a lightweight, skin-like foundation for natural-looking, glowing skin. Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation is my best-kept secret, as it's super lightweight and comfortable to wear. I prefer to buff it in using a brush, and then press it in with a damp sponge to get that blended, skin-like finish.”

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The Dimension:

“You should choose more than one shade of foundation. I like to use one shade slightly darker on the temples and cheekbones to add dimension to the face. Armani Beauty’s iconic Luminous Silk Foundation comes in 40 shades so you can find the ones that best match your skin tone.”


The Blend:

“Make sure to blend your foundation past your jawline. I take it down the neck and sometimes the décolletage depending on what my client is wearing. Remember to get your ears as well.”

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Amrani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation is available at Sephora and Nordstrom stores everywhere, and on GiorgioArmaniBeauty.com.