The first time Jennifer Lopez ignited a red carpet with her glowy skin look, millions of makeup junkies stood up and took note. Since then, a generation of women have sought to shine with their own versions of the J. Lo glow.
But the trick is finding products that deliver a perfect touch of metallic luster without entering the danger zone, as in that greasy guy at the club (you know the one) who wears hella gold chains and waaay too much hair gel.
That’s what I think most highlighters and powders high in shimmer and/or glitter do.
Greasy club guy = not the right kind of glow.
If you’re desperately seeking J. Lo’s glow, try on Benefit’s new One Hot Minute loose powder ($30).
It’s a golden beige with just a hint of pink, and it does soft, subtle sheen without the greasy club guy/disco-ball glitter effect.
Not exactly a highlighting powder or a bronzer, it’s more like an all-over face and body powder for adding a rosy champagne glow to the skin.
It comes with a flat, rounded edge brush in a bronze tin with a sifter top, and the shape of the brush makes it perfect for applying powder to the face or the body.
Is it for you?
Benefit had a rainbow of skin tones in mind when they designed One Hot Minute. The stuff rocks on a wide range of skin colors.
I’ve been loving it on my post-Hawaii tan — no ashiness whatsoever — and I thought it looked gorgeous on my friend Erin, who’s a pale beauty with fair skin and blond hair.
How to apply One Hot Minute
Since it’s for face AND body, you can wear it from head to toe.
For the face, start with a brush like Benefit’s Fantail Brush ($22).
“The fantail holds a minimal amount of product,” says Jared Bailey, a Benefit Beauty Artist at their San Francisco Chestnut Street store, “so you don’t overdo the application.”
Jared Bailey applying One Hot Minute across my forehead with Benefit’s Fantail Brush
Dipping the fantail into a pan of One Hot Minute to load it with powder, and then blow the brush head or tap it gently against the sink to unload some excess.
Apply with the brush to the upper cheek bones, sweeping down along the jaw line.
Finish with a swipe across the forehead, then another line down the bridge of the nose, and ending with swipes down each side of the neck from about the ear to the crook at the top of the chest.
TADA! Soft, subtle glow.
Jared and I
A kabuki brush does a fine job applying One Hot Minute to the body. I like Benefit’s Bronzing Brush ($22). It picks up more powder than the fantail and disperses the product over larger areas of skin.
When my pal Erin wore One Hot Minute to a wedding, she added extra dimension to her skin by applying it all over her arms and across her chest with a kabuki brush.
I’d even wear it on my legs, shoulders and maybe even my torso if my muffin top looked more like abs of steel.
One Hot Minute goes on sale this July at Sephora stores and online, and at Benefit stores and counters nationwide in October.
Now holla at your girl! How was your day? Any news to report?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,