13 Hacks To Achieve That Insta-worthy Glamour Makeup Look

As a beauty editor, I am always on the hunt for new looks and trends that help us all to look and feel our best. The latest craze in makeup is achieving that Insta-worthy glamour look – and I have some hacks to get you there! Whether you like a classic smoky eye or just an everyday pop of shimmer, these ten easy-to-follow hacks will help you get that glamour makeup look your followers will love. From prepping your skin with the perfect primer to applying highlighter in just the right places, I’m here to provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to create a showstopping look.

Start with a good skincare routine

You can never go wrong with having great skin. Spend time cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to have a beautiful base. Doing this will help your makeup go on smoothly and last longer.

The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser
This cult favorite gel-based cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities & makeup without stripping or over-drying. Prebiotics, probiotic extracts & turmeric leave skin balanced.
Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Milky Cleanser
Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Milky Cleanser purifies, hydrates + softens without stripping skin of its natural oils.
Face Moisturizer
KYLIE SKIN Face Moisturizer includes a combination of humectants and emollients that help hydrate skin without heaviness, greasiness or oiliness.
Protect + Plump Firming & Hydrating Face Moisturizer
Heavy-hitting yet lightweight Daily Moisturizer improves the look of fine lines & wrinkles, treats premature aging & boosts skin radiance.

Regular exfoliation is a must

Skin can become dull and lifeless from dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface. Incorporate a regular exfoliation routine into your skincare regimen to help remove these dulling layers and reveal glowing skin.

Yerba Mate Resurfacing
Youth To The People
A triple-powered microdermabrasion treatment amplified by active enzymes, micro-exfoliants, and caffeine for smoother, visibly radiant skin in as little as two minutes.
Turmeric BHA Pore & Brightening
KORA Organics
A two-in-one formula that can be used as a scrub or detoxifying mask. This multi-tasking hero is an at-home facial in a tube, giving instant results.
Prism AHA + BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial
A gentle yet effective AHA-BHA mask to resurface the look of skin and reveal visibly improved clarity, texture, and tone.
Whipped Exfoliating Mask
Get the baby soft skin you’ve always dreamed of! DIME’s Whipped Exfoliating Mask helps to gently polish away impurities.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

Make sure to lock in all that glow with SPF protection. Lather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher each morning – even when it’s cloudy! This will shield you from ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause premature aging and skin damage, like wrinkles, age spots, and dark spots. If you’re going to be exposed to long periods of sunlight throughout the day, re-apply every two hours.

Jumbo Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 Limited Edition
Jumbo Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is 1.5x bigger! The original 100% invisible, weightless, scentless sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF protection, skincare benefits and a natural finish.
Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ is an award-winning, clear sunscreen stick with broad-spectrum SPF 50+ that can be re-applied anytime, anywhere, over or under makeup.

Prime your face

Primer will help smooth out any imperfections or unevenness in your skin and make sure that the makeup you put on stays on for longer. Start with a lightweight primer that’s filled with skin-loving ingredients and can help keep your skin hydrated while also keeping your makeup in place. Make sure you blend the product evenly across your face, so it looks like a second layer of skin. Applying primer prior to makeup is an essential step to achieve airbrushed flawless skin!

Plump & Prime Face Plumping Primer Serum
Too Faced
A visibly plumping and volumizing serum that helps prep skin for flawless makeup application.
Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer
LYS Beauty
A gripping serum face primer that balances the look of skin, minimizes the look of enlarged pores, and brightens the look of hyperpigmentation.

Use Foundation/Concealer

Whether it’s foundation or concealer, use it to even out your skin tone and cover any blemishes or dark spots. Start by dotting your face with the product and then blend it outwards with a brush or sponge. Make sure you tap the product into your skin to get rid of any lines or streaks. For a more natural look, use only as much as needed to cover up problem areas instead of layering on thick amounts.

Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35 Sunscreen
A tinted moisturizer that offers skin-loving hydration, sheer, dewy coverage in confusion-free shades, and 100 percent mineral UV protection.
Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
An award-winning clean skin tint that delivers light coverage, potent skincare, and mineral SPF—all with a dewy finish for skin that looks and feels alive.
Radiant Creamy Concealer
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is an award-winning concealer that corrects, contours, highlights, and perfects up to 16 hours.
Mini Revealer Concealer
A medium coverage, super creamy concealer, eye cream, and spot treatment in one that visibly brightens and helps reveal better skin over time.


Use a contour product to add definition and shape to your face. Just don’t overdo it! Start by applying a thin layer of the product just below your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose, and along your jawline. Use a brush to blend it outwards so that it looks natural. You can even use a creamy contouring product on your eyes to give them a subtle, defined look.

Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks
A breakthrough bronzing stick for a quick and visible sunkissed glow with a smooth, seamless, second-skin finish—just swipe on, blend, and go.
Bronze Balm
A sheer, buildable formula that gives a wash of natural warmth and depth. Blendable formula for a second-skin finish that’s never cakey.
Formulated without acne-triggering ingredients
Matte Cream Bronzer Stick
An award-winning cream bronzer stick that builds and blends effortlessly to create sunkissed warmth with a natural-looking finish in seconds.
BK Beauty
Provides a sheer veil of powder application over the face with its fluffy, soft fibers. Applies loose or pressed powders with the most natural application.


Use highlighter to bring out the best features of your face and accentuate them. Start by dotting the product onto the tops of your cheekbones, center of your nose, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. Then, use a brush to blend the product outwards for an all-over glow. If you want more drama, add highlight to the inner corners of your eyes and the center of your forehead for an extra pop!

Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight
Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban
Instant payoff, effortless blendability and longwearing luster all in a sleek, portable stick for an instant flash of light anytime, anywhere.
Beauty Highlighter Wand
Charlotte Tilbury
A multi-use illuminating gel that can be worn as a highlighter or blush for buildable color and an instant glow. Dot and blend for easy application.
Day Glow Dewy Highlighting Balm
A sheer, lightweight moisturizing highlighter made for daytime wear that visibly illuminates your skin for a dewy glow with zero sparkle.
Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint
Everyday luminizing tint for your body with a silky texture and transfer-resistant formula.
Diffusing Round Highlighter Brush
Thrive Causemetics
Perfect your level of luminosity with ease using our ultra-soft, tapered highlighter brush. 100% vegan, cruelty-free + PETA approved.

Add Color on Your Cheeks

A hint of color on your cheeks goes a long way in freshening up your look. Use a cream blush for a natural flush, or opt for powder blush if you’re looking for more color and staying power. Start by applying the product to the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards towards the ear. You can also apply some along the bridge of your nose for an extra pop of color.

Award-winning pressed powder blush delivers a weightless, natural rush of color to the cheeks – available in matte, satin, and shimmer finishes.
The Bobbi Brown silky powder Blush glides on smoothly and offers a long-lasting matte finish. The shades have been designed to replicate the natural color of flushed cheeks.

Cosmo Power™ Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush
Thrive Causemetics
Blush highlighter hybrid provides long-lasting color and moisturizes skin for a healthy glow.
Diffusing Dome Blush Brush™
Thrive Causemetics
The gently tapered dome shape effortlessly diffuses and deposits color seamlessly for that lit-from-within glow. 100% vegan, cruelty-free + PETA approved.

Juice Up Your Lips

Get your pout looking lush and full with a swipe of lip color. Use a lip liner to outline your lips first, then fill them in with lipstick or gloss. If you’re going for an everyday look, opt for more neutral shades like pink or brown. But if you want some drama, choose bolder colors like red or purple!

Lip Pencil
charlotte tilbury
Nude-pink lip liner pencil that suits everyone for a defined, fuller looking Pillow Talk pout!
il makiage
From rich creamy textures to lighter-weight consistencies, the brush works with all types of formulas, imparting any product with the same superior performance.
Weightless Lip Color
A clean, comfy lipstick packed with super nourishing botanical butters for satiny smooth, creamy, weightless color.
Lipstick Matte
MAC Lipstick Matte is a creamy, rich lipstick formula with high-color payoff in a matte finish.
Lip Gloss – Cotton Candy
Anastasia Beverly HillS
Discover Lip Gloss, universal neutrals with warm, peachy vibes and all the irresistible luster summer demands.
Luxe Lipstick – Grace
Creamy, long-lasting, and packed with pigment, all BK Beauty Luxe Lipsticks are infused with apricot oil to nourish and moisturize your lips throughout the day.

Fill in Your Brows

Filling in your brows with a pencil or powder will help frame your face and make them look fuller. Start by brushing your brows up with a spoolie brush and then use a pencil or powder to fill in your arches. Use small strokes to mimic your natural hair and blend it outwards for a more natural look. Finish off the look with some brow gel to keep them in place all day long!

M158 Dual-Ended Angle Liner Brush & Spoolie
The Morphe M158 Dual-Ended Angle Liner Brush & Spoolie is the perfect power couple for your fiercest eyes yet.
Perfect Brow Pencil – Blonde
Anastasia Beverly HillS
The dual-sided eyebrow makeup tool features a custom spoolie end to allow you to blend the eyebrow color to a natural-looking, matte finish.
Brow Freeze®
Anastasia Beverly HillS
This customizable brow styling wax lifts, tames and sculpts every hair in place for the feathered-looking brow you’ve always wanted.
Brow Powder Duo – Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly HillS
A two-shade eyebrow powder compact that helps you achieve the ombré eyebrow technique while giving brows natural-looking texture

Add Drama with Eyeshadow

Use a matte eyeshadow for a natural look or add some shimmery shades to create more drama. Start by applying the lightest shade all over your lid and then use a darker eyeshadow to define your creases. You can also use a metallic shade on the center of your lids for even more glitz.

Glam Eyeshadow Palette
GLAM PALETTE offers luscious chroma crystal, creamy matte, & mesmerizing metallic finishes in a range of essential shades for day or night.
Maneater After Dark Eyeshadow Palette
The tarte Maneater After Dark Eyeshadow Palette is their largest, fiercest maneater palette yet with 24 NEW everyday shades with a holiday flare!

Line Your Eyes

Enhance your eyes by lining them with eyeliner and curling your lashes with an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Start by drawing a thin line along your upper lid and slightly wing it out at the end. Finish off the look with a few coats of mascara to make your lashes look longer and fuller.

Voyeur Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
A waterproof gel eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver high-impact, 12-hour wear without smudging, bleeding, or fading.
OneLiner Multi-Liner
A creamy-matte, high-pigment multi-use liner for lips, eyes, and face to create infinite looks with versatility.  
Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner™
Thrive Causemetics
Semi-Permanent Micropigments™ keep this eyeliner smudge-proof and budge-proof on your eyes for all-day wear.
Life-Changing Lashes
charlotte tilbury
Use before applying your magical mascara for a bigger, brighter looking gaze to mesmerise everyone you meet!
Better Than Sex Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara
Too Faced
Too Faced Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara is an intensely black volumizing and lengthening mascara for the sexiest, most defined lashes possible.
Liquid Lash Volumizer™ Mascara
Thrive Causemetics
Instantly create the look of faux lashes with our peptide-packed, lash-loving volumizing mascara.

Add the Finishing Touches

Once you’ve done all of the above, add a setting spray to make sure your look lasts. This will also help set the makeup and give you a dewy finish. Finally, don’t forget to touch up your makeup throughout the day as needed! Keep some blotting sheets in your purse for quick fixes.

All Nighter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay Cosmetics
The award-winning Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray keeps makeup fresh, smudge-proof, and transfer-resistant for up to 16 hours.
Matcha Blotting Sheets
Winky Lux
The Winky Lux Matcha Blotting Sheets contains 100 sheets of blotting paper – infused with green tea extract – absorb oil and control shine all while leaving makeup in place.

Meet Ellen, a passionate beauty editor. With a keen eye for current trends, she uses her knowledge of the beauty industry to help bring readers up to date on the latest looks and products. Ellen has contributed to several publications and is always on top of what’s new in the world of makeup. When it comes to fashion and style, she’s a master of the craft. She has an exceptional understanding of what looks good on different skin types and how to achieve that perfect look. Ellen loves to experiment with new products and techniques, making her work stand out from the rest. Her experience in the beauty industry makes her an invaluable asset when it comes to finding the perfect look for any occasion. No matter what you’re looking for, Ellen is the go-to girl for all things beauty. Don’t forget to check out her Instagram and blog articles to stay up to date with what’s hot in the world of beauty!