Summer is the season we all want healthy, glowing skin. Caking on makeup seems supremely unappealing, and basically we all just want to look like goddesses, right? And although that sort of ambition might be aiming high, there are an abundance of skincare and makeup tricks to help achieve a lit from within complexion.
The first step towards smooth, glowy skin is exfoliation. This can be of the chemical or physical variety – I tend to like a mixture of both. On the chemical side, some kind of acid toner is the easiest way to incorporate into your routine. I love the Make Up Artist’s Choice Mandelic Acid Toner, which is gentle but effective and not too pricey, either. It fades pigmentation and gets rid of surplus skin flakes, leaving a bright, smooth canvas. Using a toner like this a couple of times a week will put paid to dullness, but if you want a little bit of scrubbing action, I’d advise a slightly rough, warm flannel. It feels amazing, and isn’t too harsh. Nothing messes with a healthy skin vibe like irritation.
A good amount of glow can be achieved through a serum, too. At night, using something with the vitamin c genre can really help you out. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, while quite weird in formulation, is super-strength in terms of efficacy. It feels like a thick, gritty cream, but can either be cut with a moisturiser of your choice or massaged in fully to break it down. Go slowly at first, too: it can be harsh for beginners.
The rest of the time, you can’t really go wrong with a good hyaluronic acid serum. I’m sure you all know about our old friend H.A., but a quick run-down is that it basically adds water to your skin. Wetness is, after all, the essence of beauty. A reasonably priced one which feels luxurious is the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum, which is gel like, and visibly plumps, smooths and hydrates.
If glow is your aim, tinted moisturiser is your game. Foundation, while always holding a special place in my heart, will always look a bit “makeuppy.” The aim of glow is natural, healthy looking skin. The Bareminerals Complexion Rescue delivers this in spades – it glides over you face, making everything look plumped up, smooth and brightened, while delivering a satisfactory amount of coverage. It also has SPF 30, making it ideal for summer.
The ultimate key to a glowing complexion, though, lies in the highlighter. You really want to pack this on. For maximum “you’re looking well!” potential, I layer a cream (for a lit-from-within look) with a powder (for added dimension and sheen). The Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit has a gorgeous champagne undertone, making it universally flattering on all skins. It isn’t super stark or glittery, either.
Finally, to seal all that glow in and take dew levels up to one hundred, finish with a face mist. The Body Shop do great ones which are commonly overlooked. The Vitamin C one adds more dew and smells quite strongly of orange, while the Vitamin E is gentler, both in shine-factor and scent. Both will give a similar effect to any super-expensive glow giving spritz.