How To Fake A Post-O Glow
The elusive post-O glow - your skin is bright, your cheeks flushed, your lashes long and damp, lips plump, and hair sexily tousled. So how do you get the "I just f*cked for 4 hours" look without the back sprain or the hours spent in the sack? Read on for our tips on faking a post-O glow.
Flushed, dewy cheeks are the hallmark of the post-O glow. Start with a clean base. I like the EMK Skin Care Aura Cleanser with bioplacenta proteins, firming peptides and hyaluronic acid - featured in our June Box.Next, add on that glow. Many makeup brands have attempted to capture that postcoital glow - Nars even has an entire Orgasm collection dedicated to sexy afterglow. Keep things dewy and fresh with a cream blush, like the L.O.V. Blush Liason Dewy Gel Blush Stick (featured in our August Box). Apply with your fingertips - sex is messy, and its O.K. if you're makeup is a little messy, too. Once you're blushed, dust on a highlight. The Dew Me Baked Highlighter from Estate Cosmetics (featured in our September Box) in the colors "flushed" or "exposed" work nicely.
Post-bang-sesh eye makeup is all about long, shiny lashes. Make the most of your assets with the cult favorite volumizing Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced. It might not really be better than sex, but it's not too far off. One swipe of the collagen-laced, coal-black formula gives you dreamy, doe-eyed lashes that last all night. Want a little more oomph? Add a smudge of metallic gold eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes to open 'em up and give you a lit-from-within glow. My recommendation? The custom shade Goalz from Coloured Raine, made just for our July Box.
The key to creating a perfectly flushed, plump, just-kissed lip is two-step. First, fill in color with a liquid lipstick. Create a gradient lip effect by dabbing the color in the center of your lips and blotting gently outward. This creates depth, and looks less finished and formal than a perfectly-defined lined lip. My pick for a liquid lip that blends like butter? The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose from our August Box. This full-pigment matte formula goes on liquid and dries instantly for color that lasts all day. Once your color is down, add a layer of subtle plumping gloss, like the Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Lip Plump from our July Box.
A post-o look needs an equally carnal fragrance to tie it all together. Musk is the classic exotic, warm, deeply sexy scent that's been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Some even say Amber has mystical powers. Amber is a seductive, sensual fragrance of folx of all genders, and makes a great base-note to mix with your other favorite fragrances. My pick for a true Amber scent is the legendary Amber fragrance by Demeter Fragrance Library (featured in our September Box). Apply liberally, especially on your wrists, nape of your neck and along your collarbones.