In photography, backlighting drives me bonkers…unless it’s something I’m trying to do on purpose, which I’m usually not, but in the case of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($38 for a 1-oz. bottle), I have absolutely no problem with it.
Oh, my goodness! Where do I start? There are just so many things I like about BECCA Backlight, notwithstanding the $38 price, which doesn’t qualify as drugstore bargain awesome sauce, but still… I fully intend to use every last drop (and then may even crack open the bottle to get a little more).
BECCA says that Backlight functions like a filter thanks to these things called Filtering Luminescent Pearls, which are supposed to make pores and fine lines look smoother and your whole skin sitch more radiant.
And yup, it does that. It’s got that whole signature BECCA luminescence thing going.
On my skin, Backlight, which came out earlier this fall, looks like a pearlescent beige with the pearl turned waaaaay down. Less shimmery than a BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector, it’s only lightly luminous and glowing, so it doesn’t look like I’m sweating.
Now, even though it’s classified as a general purpose primer, it doesn’t exist solely to extend the wear time of your foundation, concealer and complexion makeup. It specializes in blurring pores, illuminating, moisturizing AND prepping and priming your skin so that anything you layer on top of it goes on smoother.
I use it as a lightweight, illuminating, pore-blurring lotion to prime my face before I apply my foundation, or whatever else I plan to layer on top. I don’t notice it significantly extending the life of my complexion products when I use it with them, but that’s fine by me because that isn’t something it’s designed to do.
Fascinatingly, it somehow manages to illuminate my skin without emphasizing my pores, which is a rare thing indeed, so this is like a magic potion you can keep in your makeup bag.
I’ve been going through a matte skin finish phase this fall, which is why it took me a while to climb aboard this glowing train, but now that I have, I’m glad I did. I’ve used Backlight a bunch of different ways over the past couple weeks, and there hasn’t been a way I haven’t liked. Depending on how you work it, you can maximize or minimize its luminescent power.
For full-on, high-power luminous luxe, I wear it on bare skin with just a wee bit of concealer and/or tinted moisturizer on top to help with any discoloration or dark circles.
Or, sometimes I’ll mix it directly with my foundation (which it lightens about half a step), and apply that to my skin. Then I’ll set that with a not-too-powerdery powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is my favorite).
Sometimes I’ll even mix it with my under-eye concealer, too, to also get that glowing effect under my eyes, which is what I did for the portrait pic in this post, by the way.
Alternately, when I only want a hint of subdued luminosity, I’ll apply a layer of Backlight, let it sink in, and then apply either a medium- or full-coverage foundation on top. Then I’ll set the whole thing with powder.
I think Backlight is positively gorgeous and fantastically flexible, and it’s already made its way into my everyday routine. I can’t recommend it enough. Try it next time you hit up Sephora or Ulta ().
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,