MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow

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This unsung hero is a fall favorite.

Cat ladies, it’s really starting to cool off here, and last night, for the first time in months, I had to turn on the heater before bed.

After a summer that the backs of my knees can attest to being one of the stickiest in recent memory, I can’t even begin to tell you what a relief it is to wear long sleeves and socks again! — and I’m more than a little excited about the prospect of putting on makeup without it completely slipping off my sweaty face. 😀

Which brings me to this total gem: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow, a $34 neutral golden tan highlighter. If you want the most delicately divine sheen, look no further.

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Other key products up in the mix: NARS Amour Blush on the apples and Urban Decay Hex Lipstick on my lips

I wore it yesterday when my parents came over to visit me Connor (Who am I fooling? They’re all about the baby!), and my mom, a self-professed non-makeup person, was like, “Mi hija. I need to have whatever is glowing on your face!”

That’s how much pull Global Glow has, man. It turns a woman who previously thought that highlighters are only those neon markers they sell at Office Depot into a maquillage believer.

Global Glow is one of my all-time favorite highlighters to wear year round, but it’s especially FIYAH 🔥 as the summer winds down and fall kicks in because, if you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you’re still carrying a little bit of summer color on your face, and Global Glow’s golden tan really complements skin tones from NC20 and up.

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Yup, still an NC42

If you’re on the fair side, don’t walk away yet! You can also wear Global Glow, but it’ll work more as a shimmery all-over bronzer. (Note: If you’re gonna do this, you gotta be totally down with shiny bronzers, and I recommend using the biggest, fluffiest face brush you can find to diffuse it.)

I’m not a big fan of pairing a dark fall lip with a highlighter that shines from space (I just feel like there’s too much stuff competing for attention), and while Global Glow might seem like a glitter attack waiting to happen when you see it in the compact, once you swipe a little on your upper cheekbones, you’ll look delicately radiant.

I swear, it’ll make everyone around you envy your glowing skin (even ladies who normally eschew makeup).


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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