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How To Create A Grown-Up Glow

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Glow: it’s the holy-grail of complexion goals. Yet producing a fresh, lit-from-within radiance that doesn’t scream off-the-scale shimmer involves just a little know-how and the right products. Read on to discover how to create a grown-up glow – no stick-on glitter or sparkle required…

Make Time To Prime Your Skin

Once your skincare has absorbed, apply a good primer so that your makeup glides on and blends in seamlessly. “I love our Veil Mineral Primer,” says Marc Reagan, Global Director of Education, Artistry & Events at Hourglass. “It blurs imperfections, extends the wear of makeup and waterproofs it for all-day wear.” Dry skin? Try a hybrid primer that moisturises too, such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Hydrating. Its gel formula is enriched with vitamins and hydrating ingredients that prevent dehydration.

Choose A Creamy Base for Hydration

For silky, dewy skin it’s imperative you choose a foundation that’s packed with moisturising ingredients, softening textures and creamy formulas to nourish and smooth out dry patches. Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm contains avocado and olive oils that nourish and soothe the skin, while also providing a sheer layer of coverage. Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint has hyaluronic acid that plumps and evens out the skin without making it shiny.

The Pros Of A Powder Highlighter

Powder-based highlighters work for all skin types and radiate soft luminosity, plus they stay put longer than liquid formulas. However, bear in mind that if you have raised blemishes a powder will enhance uneven texture so buff along the highpoints of the face only (think tops of cheekbones, browbone and across the bridge of the nose). Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder, combines soft powders with refined pearls for a luminescent effect and t finish and RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder is formulated with ultra-fine mineral pigments that won’t leave skin feeling dry.

Dry Skin Loves A Liquid Highlighter

If your skin is particularly dry, highlighters with a liquid or cream formula will bring a glow to the skin through moisture and light reflection and will hydrate rather than enhance any dry patches. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter has a super light formula that melts into the skin, plus it contains avocado oils and is available in seven shades. If you’re after something more subtle, Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be used on their own – or mixed in with your foundation for a more subdued effect. If you’re applying on top of your foundation, dab some on the back of your hand first, swirl with a soft blusher brush then buff lightly onto the skin, so as not to disrupt your base. If you’re applying on naked skin, dab directly onto the face and blend with your fingers or a brush.

How To Amp Up Your All-Over Glow

Want to turn it up a notch? Try ‘strobing-up’ by layering your must-have highlighters. “For a gentle daytime look I apply Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder to filter out harsh light and bring a soft glow to the skin and then, for an intense “strobing” effect, I layer Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder on top,” adds Marc. This will also help ‘set’ your highlighter and make it last longer. You can also try micro-luminating for dashes of grown-up gleam. “I always add a touch of glow to the inner corners of the eyes to open them up, and a dab on the Cupid’s bow to help make lips look fuller and add dimension,” says Marc

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