Where I once used products that were oil free and made my complexion matte, my late twenties has found me taking a more fresh, dewy and radiant approach to my beauty routine. Having developed dehydrated skin as I've gotten older, long gone are the days of opaque foundations that covered every semblance of my actual skin, drying toners and moisturisers that reduced shine. Nowadays, the luminous, lit-from-within look is something I crave no matter the season, so today, I've compiled my go-to glow-inducing products that help me achieve youthful, natural and well-rested skin.
A healthy, glowing complexion starts with skincare and whenever it's looking a little lacklustre, I turn to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Formulated with vitamins, omega 6, starflower oil, pumpkin enzymes, chamomile and rose, this gel-to-oil cleanser not only removes every trace of makeup, but also banishes impurities and dullness to reveal illuminated and nourished skin. It's no surprise Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has such a cult following and it's been a part of my skincare routine since I bought my first bottle back in 2014.
For the last two months, I've been using Glossier's vitamin C and magnesium serum, Super Glow. Vitamin C is known for its brightening properties, while magnesium energises the skin, and although this seems to be everyone's least favourite Super, I, myself, have noticed a difference using it. Like most skincare, it'll take time before you reap its benefits; in fact, I noticed the most significant difference when I stopped using it. The effects of Super Glow are so subtle, it can be hard to tell whether it's truly doing anything, but my skin didn't quite look the same when I stopped using it for about a week or two. It works well for my normal-to-dry skin type, though I am curious to try something more potent in the future. Oils are an obvious choice for achieving a glowy, sheen-like finish to the skin and the NUDE ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil has been a long-time favourite of mine. Rich in omegas (as the name suggests), which work to nourish and hydrate the skin, I love applying this before my nighttime moisturiser or layering a hydrating serum underneath and then combining the two together for an added moisture boost. My skin has been so dry this past winter, I even began using it during the day and it works a treat under foundation; it never looks oily or shiny, but it illuminates the skin in all the right places.
While I've always been satisfied by traditional cream moisturisers, I couldn't help but be intrigued by Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. What's essentially a spray on moisturiser, it contains botanical oils, humectants and hyaluronic acid to deliver hydration, as well as a gleaming finish to to the skin. It's very easy to go overboard and start looking oily with this one (oily skin types, I'd stay far away from this), so I use two to three spritzes and from quite far away too. As a regular moisturiser, it's a little unconventional for my liking, but as a mist after makeup, it's the perfect remedy to stop things from looking cakey. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ is another fabulous mist and I love using this both before and after I apply my makeup. It provides a lovely hydration boost before I go in with my base products and afterwards, I'll go in with another spritz to keep things looking fresh. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this lightweight mist is soothing and refreshing, and an imperative part of my makeup routine.
When it comes to glowy skin, there's nothing more versatile than a liquid highlighter. Mixed in with base products or used as a traditional highlighter, you can customise the glow how ever you choose, though my favourite way of using them is combined with my primer. I've been loving the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Pearl during the colder months and now that we've entered the spring/summer season, I'm looking forward to getting Opal out for some added warmth to my complexion. This underneath foundation applied with a Beautyblender always has my skin looking its best.
My foundations and tinted bases do a fine job of brightening my skin (at least, none make my complexion look particularly flat), but the two standout concealers I go to for glow are the Glossier Stretch Concealer and By Terry Touche Veloutée Enlightening Concealer Brush. You won't get the coverage for breakouts from either of these, but they will lighten dark circles and give the appearance of fresh, natural and illuminated skin. The Glossier Stretch Concealer contains elastic micro waxes, making it a breeze to blend in and the finish is so seamless, it's as if you're wearing nothing at all. The formula is unique as it's quite a dewy concealer and I particularly enjoy this product for under the eyes or for a no-makeup makeup look. The Touche Veloutée Enlightening Concealer Brush is also great for under the eyes, as well as those shadowy places like the inner corner eye area, chin and the corners of the mouth. Although marketed as a concealer, I use it the same way I would the YSL Touche Éclat (which I still love and use), which is more of a lightening and fading product.
A powder highlighter swept across the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid's bow can instantly bring your makeup to life. I still love the powders I featured in my Heavenly Highlighters post from two years ago, though I have added a few more to my makeup collection since then. Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow highlighter is a golden hue that's neither too warm or too cool meaning it's universally flattering for all those with fair to medium skin tones (though there is a Medium to Dark version too). In the pan, it looks quite yellow-toned, but I simply adore this highlighter on me and even though I'd usually stay clear from cheek palettes, Charlotte Tilbury really hit the mark with this one. For the longest time, the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed highlighters didn't phase me, but when I was in the market for a warm-toned champagne highlight, I found my perfect one in the shade Opal. I knew I couldn't go wrong considering how much I love the aforementioned Liquid counterpart and now I finally understand why everyone goes nuts for these highlighters. If natural is what you're after, you won't get it with this and I like to go in with a very light hand to keep things from looking over the top. My favourite way of applying it is with a tapered medium density brush (I use the Mecca Cosmetica Cheek Enhancing Brush) and the effect is an almost a wet-look sheen that's simply mesmerising. I'm not someone who's into a dramatic highlight, but this is just enough to make your skin glisten and your cheekbones pop. I can't see this suiting paler skin tones, but if you're somewhere in the middle like me, you'll love this. On the other end of the spectrum, I turn to the Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight for something a little more subtle. The finish is quite sheer and satin-like, while perfectly accentuating the parts of the face the sun hits naturally; ideal if you love that barely-there makeup effect. The shade Candlelight is a neutral golden beige tone and leaves a beautiful sheen to the skin as opposed to being something shimmery or sparkly.
I don't own a lot of cream products as I find them a bit more time consuming to apply, but two cream highlighters that are worth the effort are the Benefit Watt's Up! and Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. A cream-to-powder formula, Watt's Up! is a luminous champagne shade that blends seamlessly into the skin. I apply it by warming up the product in the tips of my fingers, then gently patting it in as the sponge tip on the end is rubbish (as are most built-in applicators) and not bouncy enough. The shimmer is subtle and will give your skin a warm, radiant glow. Glossier claims Haloscope to be a dew effect highlighter and that it definitely is. The shade Quartz is a neutral pearlescent sheen that looks like it blends out into nothing on the skin and it's only when you step into the light that you see the true beauty of Haloscope. Being the no-makeup makeup brand Glossier is, it's subtle, natural and almost as if it were produced by your own sweat, though not in a gross way, of course. For that reason, I don't think this would be suited for oily skin types, but what I'd call the powder version of Haloscope, Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder produces a similar result without the wetness. I apply it the same way I do Watt's Up (I don't understand how people apply it directly onto their face as I find it moves my foundation and blush) and it simply looks like dewiness.
A lip product may seem like an odd one to include in a post about glowing skin, but I think a nice glossy lip can add so much dimension to the face the way something more matte can't. The Dior Dior Addict Lip Maximiser is a lip plumping gloss that gives shine and is perfect both on its own or over the top opaque lip products. I think it's great seeing glosses and sheer washes of colour making a comeback and though this is the only lip gloss I own at the moment, I'd really like to pick up a couple more in the future for that quintessentially '90s girl look.
What are the products you go to for glow?