Madison Beer’s Vogue Beauty Secrets leave my skin radiant and illuminated

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(Nast, 2021)

Just three weeks ago, American singer Madison Beer created a YouTube video with Vogue titled, “Madison Beer’s Guide to Soap Brows and Easy Blush.” Since the uploading date, Beer’s routine has spiraled through the media— especially on TikTok— with several girls seeking to achieve this stunning celebrity’s makeup look. 

I followed her regime, and not to be dramatic, but I’ll never turn back on some of these products.

First and foremost, this review is solely on the makeup Beer usesnot her skincare. In my opinion, celebrities tend to use more expensive skincare lines which can be very hit or miss. A lot of drugstore skin lines are formulated better while being cheaper; expensive brands add fragrances or oils that can be harmful to the skin and then up their prices for including them.

With that being said, one skincare product Beer used that I do feel the need to comment on is the Futuredew oil serum hybrid by Glossier for $24. I enjoy this moisturizer a lot, especially as a primer; it’s glowy and makes the finish of my makeup look much prettier and ultra-hydrated.

When looking exclusively at Beer’s makeup, I watched the video and eyed the product list; most of the cosmetics she used I already own and have been true to my personal routineI actually only needed to buy three products to complete this look. In all fairness, I am a bit of a makeup junkie, though I will say a lot of these products are pretty main-stream and have been in the hands of many.

Soap Brows (price point ranges)

To start, Beer begins her routine with a new trend: soap brows. Basically, by rubbing a spooly gently on a bar of soap, fluffy, natural-looking brows are achieved. A bar of soap works to replace brow gel or pomade. Simply put, soap contains a fat called glycerin, and glycerin works to laminate the brow hairs. I just recently tried the soap brow hack, and it’s a genius alternative to the pricier brow gels on the market. A bar of soap lasts longer and is much cheaper than most eyebrow-taming products. For those who use colored gel to further style their brows, obviously, this isn’t going to enhance them in size or color; but, to only slick or shape them. 

I followed her regime, and not to be dramatic, but I’ll never turn back on some of these products.”

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26)

Beer begins her face makeup with the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint—I’ve been using this product for quite some time now, and my feelings are mixed. This tint evens the skin tone. That’s it. There’s virtually zero coverage with this product. I’m not shading this tint in any way, it’s not marketed to have coverage, and it works well for a “no-makeup makeup” look. Though at least for me, a tinting product that doesn’t necessarily add anything to my look is useless and a waste of money.

When I don’t want a heavier, fuller coverage foundation, I turn to other lightweight products that at least give my skin a little boost like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil-Free. This skin tint is a better blend between skincare and makeup, providing a healthy-looking, natural finish.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30)

After applying the skin tint, Beer goes in with a concealer. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my top pick for concealers. The finish and the formula are incredible, and I’d take this concealer over any other top-rated one like the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer for example. Various beauty influencers and celebrities rave about this product, and it truly does live up to its hype. This concealer is brightening, long-wearing, and luminous while providing a medium-coverage finish; this product is a must-have in my routine and has been for years.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38)

To contour her face, Beer uses Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Contour Wand. Before viewing the Vogue video, I had already been using two of the Beauty Highlighter wands in shades “spotlight” and “pinkgasm”; these sticks give the most beautiful, dewy look. The contour wand was sold out on many of the sites I checked in order to get my hands on it. Eventually, I was able to order it. I was very skeptical when I first started trying out the contour wand.

Cream contour sticks have always been my go-to, but the Charlotte Tilbury wand is a liquid with a sponge applicator. I tried to apply the liquid with my hands, with a brush, and, finally, with a beauty blender. Heads up, the beauty blender or any sort of beauty sponge will work the best, and a little goes a long way. I dotted this product all over my face, and after blending with my sponge, it was seamless; my skin looked tan and much more alive. This product may have been a little confusing from an application standpoint at first, but overall, my experience with it was pleasant.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand ($38)

Beer uses the Beauty Highlighter Wand in the shade “pinkgasm” next, and, as I said previously, I’ve been using this for months and have nothing bad to say about it. I apply it to my upper cheeks with the sponge tip and then dab it further onto my cheekbones and nose. Beer goes in relatively heavy-handed with this product, disclaiming that she loves blush. This highlighter is pink so it’s basically a glowy blush, and it’s my favorite step in my makeup routine; the pink highlighting wand is a game-changer.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder ($45)

This stunning singer sets her face with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder—yet another product I’ve used over and over and over again. This is a medium-coverage pressed powder with a fairly natural finish. I’ve gone through a couple of these powders, not because the product is amazing, but because it works for me, and, for that reason, I haven’t switched it up. In my opinion, loose powders are messy and impractical, so I always veer to pressed powders. I use this product pretty sparingly, making it longer-lasting, and it still works to set my face makeup as I desire. While this product does work well, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s worth its price point.

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer ($46) 

To post contour bronze or add warmth to the face, Beer goes in with Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer. This, along with the contour wand, and the next product listed, are the new items to my collection. I purchased this bronzer in the shade “shady biz.” She uses the shade “private island” to contour her nose and warm up her look. However, this shade is sold out at Sephora currently, so I purchased a shade lighter than it.

The formula is easy to blend, and it’s long-wearing. It gives off a soft-matte finish. It’s light, and honestly, I lightly powder it all over my face for a more sun-tanned complexion. Don’t get me wrong, it works, but for me, the product overall was underwhelming. An alternative I’d suggest for a better bronze would be the Marc Jacobs Coconut Perfect Tan Bronzer which is currently on sale on Sephora’s website for $34.30. The pan size is huge, so it lasts and has a delicate scent of coconut.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($57)

As Beer says, “you can never have too much blush in my world.” Her next step is the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in shades “ginger binge” and “moscow mule.” The duo is a lightweight cream-powder hybrid highlighter. I ordered this product shortly after I saw the video; it’s a great blush-like highlighter, but it just doesn’t add up to what I regularly use day-to-day. My all-time favorite blush palette is the Scott Barnes Chic Cheek N°1 Blush Palette ($58). While being about the same price as the Fenty Beauty duo, the Scott Barnes palette includes six shades of blush and two shades of highlighter. The palette is formulated vibrantly and blends nicely. It’s well worth its price point as it isn’t exclusive to the cheeks; I apply these colors to my eyelids, my nose, the cupid’s bow of my lips, and basically anywhere I need a little more color.

Morphe x Madison Beer Channel Surfing Artistry Palette ($22)

Beer has her very own makeup collection with Morphe which she featured in the Vogue video. I have been in possession of the Morphe x Madison Beer Channel Surfing Artistry Palette pretty much since it was released. The palette features twenty shades that work to create a softer glam. It caught my eye because the shade colors are gorgeous, but the formula is chalky and doesn’t wear long remotely. After a few hours, the pigment is there a little or hardly noticeable at all. The glittery shades transfer a ton, too. Blinking periodically, I noticed glitter on my under eyes due to the shades not staying put. Morphe is an affordable brand with usually, nicely-formulated shadow palettes; this one, however, didn’t work for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand ($38)

Next, she goes back in with another Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand—this time in “spotlight.” This step just adds extra glow to her face and makes her cheekbones pop. I’ve been in possession of this product for a while; it’s such a nice highlighter. For my face though, I don’t love a heavy glow and tend to be done after applying the “pinkgasm” wand. Beer also goes in with the Glossier Play highlighter at this point—I decided against including that highlighter in this article. Though I have used it, Glossier discontinued this line in January and, for clear reasons, there’s no need to comment on a product that can no longer be purchased.

Glossier Lash Slick ($16)

A product that has been my absolute favorite since middle school doubles as Beer’s mascara: the Glossier Lash Slick. I cannot emphasize this thoroughly enough—I live for this mascara. It’s natural, it’s lengthening, and it has such a nice wand for quick application. It fills my lashes and also layers well with thicker, more dramatic mascaras. If there’s one makeup product on my face, it’s this; I won’t apply mascara without it. 

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner ($35)

Madison uses the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner. I typically go for the “Pillow Talk” liner and lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, but truthfully any Charlotte Tilbury liner is a yes in my book. This shade is beautiful and very enhancing. In the Vogue video, Beer gives her top lip a slight overline to achieve a plumper look which is definitely a well-known and easy makeup trick.

Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil ($17.36)

Technically, this isn’t a makeup product, but the Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil is her final step and is amazing for achieving hydrated and shiny lips. It’s smooth, and it doesn’t feel sticky at all; it’s also long-wearing, and the high-shine effect definitely enhances the size of the lips. The oil doubles as a gloss and doesn’t have a strong scent or color. I found this product a while ago on TikTok, and I definitely would recommend this oil to anyone looking to up their lip product game.

All in all, Beer’s makeup routine has my stamp of approval. Unfortunately, no makeup product can replicate her striking, high cheekbones and pouty lips. Though to help accentuate and enhance these features, most of the products she uses serve as essentials in my own regime.