I'm a massive advocate of glowy skin! So, no surprise that I'm fully loving the SS14 glowy makeup look doing the rounds in the beauty world. But, after a dreich challenging winter that's likely drained every bit of healthy glow out of your skin, it's time to sort it out!
Some people think just shovelling on a lot of makeup is gonna help them cover up a dull skin-tone (and, even worse, using a foundation colour 3 shades too dark for your skin.. please don't listen to the beauty counter assistant if she utters the words "a darker shade will give you more colour". Arrrghhh! I have been weak to this!) If you go right to the heart of the matter - i.e. your pores who are crying out for some TLC - you've got more chance of winning the battle. Aside from the obvious (drinking litres of water!), a great product for mimicking a healthy radiant face is REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (guest post review here). This product is my absolute skincare saviour all year round, and is the first thing I pick up when my skin needs some help. It's a mild fruit acid mask which can feel a little weird on the skin the first time you use it, and is a less abrasive version of a manual exfoliator. However, if you've got extra sensitive skin, I recommend the REN Pore Minimising Detox Mask, which is much gentler and produces a similarly smooth radiant look.
Serum Switch Up
If you really want to look as radiant as possible, Ole Henricksen's Truth Serum Collagen Booster* is an amaaazing product. I got it in a goodie bag and am trying to use the teeniest amount possible to keep my bottle going! Its main ingredient is a big dose of Vitamin C, which works to combat dark spots and wrinkles and acts as "a daily vitamin for skin" (love this!). It's also oil-free and calming on sensitive skins. My skin feels so smooth & nourished after applying this pre-moisturiser, and I'd put this product down to how well my skin keeps makeup in place all day.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise..
Obviously, aside from the drinking lots of water, making sure your skin is well-hydrated from the outside too is key to maintaining a glowy complexion. My personal favourite glow-inducing moisturiser is the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (review here), which contains a big shot of caffeine and ginseng to bring the "zing" back to your skin. It's a gel/cream oil-free formula, so is great for the summer months when you need something lighter but still nourishing.
Fake It 'Til You Make It
As we're in the earlier stages of "summer" (hahahah, oh Scotland..) pre-holidays, most people will be looking a little zapped of colour. Hurrah for fake tan!! My new favourite (recommended by my beauty fave Vivanna Does Makeup) is the easy-peasy Garnier Ambre Solaire 1 Week Glow facial tanner. I disagree entirely with the "1 week" promise (maybe because I double-cleanse so well that it has little chance of surviving on my skin for that long!), but as a post-moisturiser top-up for skin every couple of days, this is great. I'm fairly pale and haven't had the dreaded orange-tinge (in a Medium shade), so that's a bonus! It's quite subtle too but still noticeable, which I love.
A good subtle primer I've found for activating a glow before you apply your base is the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer. It's hydrating, smoothing and illuminating, plus great for anyone who doesn't like the pore-blocking feel of traditional silicone-based primers (me!). I sometimes just apply this before a dot of concealer & a swipe of blush and I'm good to go!
The Glowy Base
There are many foundations on the market claiming to give you a supermodel glow. The two that are my favourite for mainly evening use (I'd stick to a tinted moisturiser such as Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser or concealer in the daytime, if your skin is in good enough shape) are NARS Sheer Glow and Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow* (see the launch event I went to here). NARS is a heavier base than Benefit, but makes you look super healthy and dewy. Benefit's is a light-medium buildable oil-free coverage and really is like an oxygen injection for your skin (even dewier than NARS, so may require a blot of powder around the T-Zone).
The right blusher can transform your face, even when you feel rotten. I'm currently using the Topshop Cream Blush in 'Head Over Heels' which is a coral-pink shade and gives a pop of colour to your cheeks to make it look like you've been up to no good all afternoon.. the perfect glow!
Of course you'll all know by now that highlighters are the best thing everrrrr. Swiped along the top of your cheekbones and eyebrow bones, your high points are instantly illuminated. Great for the summer months! If you want it to stick around on a humid summer day, I'd recommend a powder formula such as the Bourjois Java Rice Powder. But, equally brilliant is the Benefit High Beam cream formula!
Buff in the Bronzer
To keep your dewy glowy skin look intact, swipe powder bronzer from the hollows of your cheekbones and across your forehead in a heart-sweeping motion. This will act as a setting powder as well as a bronzer, and really slim the face out. Try out the Clarins Summer Bronzing Compact for the most flattering finish.
And, to finish.. a little blot or two throughout the day to keep it on the safe side of dewy! You might wanna whip out your favourite illuminating under-eye concealer too (I'm yet to find a favourite.. let me know in the comments below what yours is?)
You really don't have to follow all these steps (particularly for oily-skinned girls who might find this routine quite shine-inducing, with so much dewiness), but why not try out 1 or 2 of these steps to get glowy skin this summer..?