Glossier – A Beginner’s Guide

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By Emma Grimes

Unless you’ve been living a life completely off line, you will have heard of US beauty brand Glossier. Having only launched in 2014, the brand is still in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped this online powerhouse from becoming one of the fastest growing brands in the beauty industry. Glossier founder, Emily Weiss saw a gap in the market for a brand that would be the antithesis to the overly edited Insta-glam aesthetic. We at Bean are all for self expression and wearing as much makeup or as little as you like, we’re also big fans of easy, natural makeup that enhances your skin rather than covering it up. 

I’ve been using Glossier products in my makeup routine for the past year now and since they now ship to Ireland I thought I’d share the products that I think anyone new to the brand should try first. 

Milky Jelly Cleanser– €16

This is one of their most loved products and it’s definitely one of mine too. Like the name suggests it has a milky, gel texture that feels so comforting on my skin. Although not ideal for removing heavy makeup, it’s perfect for lighter makeup or as a second cleanse. It leaves your skin feeling calm and nourished and would be particularly  perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. The only negative thing I’ve heard anyone say about it is that they don’t like the rosy scent but I love it.

Balm Dot Com– €12

Balm Dot Com is a multi-purpose balm that comes in an original formula or you can choose from rose, cherry, mint, coconut or birthday scented. I’m on my second tube of the rose one and I use it almost every day to lock in moisture before applying a lip colour on top. It comes in a handy squeezy tube that I always have in my handbag. 

Cloud Paint– €18

Cloud Paints are tubes of cream blush that come in four different shades. They’re quite pigmented so a little goes a long way, use a tiny amount and blend out with your fingers or I find a synthetic stippling brush like the Real Techniques one works really well. You can also mix the shades together, as the name Paint suggests and create your own unique shades. 

Boy Brow– €15

Boy Brow is probably the one Glossier product that doesn’t need an introduction. But just in case you didn’t know, it’s a brow pomade in brush form that comes in black, brown, blonde and clear. It holds your brow hairs in place but still keeps them looking and feeling soft. If you’re not well endowed in the brow department, this is the best product I’ve found for creating volume. 

Haloscope– €21

Haloscope seems to be quite a misunderstood product and I will fully admit to misunderstanding it myself at first. At first swatch it seems thick and sticky (easy now) and not that pigmented. However Haloscope leaves a subtle dewy sheen on the skin, unlike any other highlighter I’ve tried. I find it works best when you warm up the product with your fingertips and then tap it onto the cheekbones and anywhere else you might like a glow. There are three shades that should suit most skin tones. 

If you’re looking for more beauty content, check out Emma’s guide to the white makeup trend or Elle chatting about contact lenses

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