Is it just me or does summer feel like a life time away? I’m dreaming of days on the beach and the return of that summer ‘glow.’ January is always the month where I feel like my skin looks particularly lack lustre, and the grey tinge has fully got a hold. I’ve become the master at making my skin look like it’s got a glow, even when it feels far from it, so I thought i’d share my top tips!
The single most important thing to do if you want to cheat the look of radiant skin is to prep your skin properly, and I don’t just mean a blob of moisturiser! I always like to start by using an oil based cleanser – Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil are three of my favourites.
Depending on how dry my skin feels (and how oily yours might be!) depends on what moisturiser I’ll reach for. Sometimes I might use an oil if i’m feeling particularly dry and I’d usually reach for Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Facial Oil is great for those with oily/combo skin types) but if not I look for a really rich moisturiser. I’ve recently discovered these fabulous J.Hana One Anti Ageing Capsule’s and they’re a life saver in these colder months (you can read more about them on my weekly skincare post here.)
Ditch the primer! Seriously, I very rarely use primer on myself because it can be really drying on the skin and provided you prep your skin properly, and give it what it needs, there’s just no need for it – particularly when we’re aiming to give skin a good glow (makeup that literally doesn’t budge and is gonna last all day….now that’s a different story!)
Next I like to use a creamy highlighter all over the face to create a ‘lit from within’ look. Mac Strobe cream or Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter are great for this. I like to apply with a stippling brush (187S Duo Fibre from Mac is a gooden) so that I keep it nice and sheer, without too much of a full face look.
Picking the right foundation is super important when it comes to achieving that healthy, radiant look. You want to steer clear of anything mattifying (if you’re oily and need to get rid of shine, just use a powder in those areas instead) and apply in very thin layers to create a natural look. Again, I apply with a stippling brush but to give a sheer, glowing finish I buff in well using a fluffy foundation brush. Armani Luminous Silk and Mac Face and Body are my go-to’s for glowy skin.
Cream and liquid blushes are great for making your skin look plump and hydrated, and won’t undo the hard work put in to make your skin glowing! Glossier’s Cloud Paint’s are perfect for this. I’ve also recently purchased some of The Body Shop’s Cheek & Lip Stain after seeing Nikki Makeup using them and they’re the perfect natural flush.
To add in some extra glow to those high points I am absolutely LOVING the Dior Nude Luminizer in Rose Glow. There’s some actual magic going on in that little pot i’m sure because the sheen this baby gives is unreal! For me, I think it’s perfect because the glow somehow creates a real dewy look without it being a cream based product. I apply to the tops of my cheekbones; the brow bone, cupids bow and at the high points above my brows. Plus, it doubles up as an amazing eyeshadow – WIN, WIN guys!
If you absolutely neeeeeed to wear a powder then By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is one of my favourites. It keeps oil at bay but without dulling any of your shine.
A final spritz of Mac Face + (+shimmer) and you’re good to go – January blues be no more (well, at least in your skin!)