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Ready, Set, GLOW!

Easy tips and tricks for radiant skin



When I first entered the beauty space, there was one thing that I was in constant awe by, the radiating glow all the makeup artists, gurus and celebrities had. I fell into the world of highlighters and illuminators and would sit for hours watching YouTube videos searching for ways I could create the “perfect glow”. After many trips to the drugstore, lots of trial and error and even a little luck, I managed to achieve the same look. Although it took me a while to properly master it, I did learn lots of new tips and tricks which brought me closer to dewy iridescent skin.  Here are a few of them, along with some products to try.



1. HYDRATE

This probably has to be one of the most cliché things EVER said, but water truly is good for your body. Aside from flushing toxins and aiding our digestive system, water is an important tool in achieving radiant skin.  Our skin is an organ made up of cells, cells are made up of water and are unable to function or be on top form without it. Lack of hydration results in dry, tight and flaky skin therefore it is also important to replenish the water you lose as large quantities are lost every day.


Tip: Many people don’t drink a lot of water simply because they forget or hate the taste, so carry a water bottle with you whenever you leave the house and for taste purposes add different fruits, lemon, mint and cucumber for flavour.



2. SKINCARE

We all have different skin types and it’s important to cater to our skin’s needs. I for one have normal to combination skin bu,t my skin tends to lean more to the dry side so my focus is moisturization. Focus on your skin and what it needs. We are all different and what works for some won’t work for others. One thing I can say that applies to all skin types, is try and keep it simple. The more products you put in your routine, the harder it is to maintain and the less chance you have at getting clear skin.


Tips:   Try using Aloe Vera gel as a moisturizer. It helps with complexion as it clears up dark marks and has antimicrobial properties which helps to treat spots.

Sunscreen. Not only does it protect us from the harmful

effects of the sun, but it also helps with antiaging and protects skin essential

proteins such as collagen, keratin and elastin which keep the skin smooth and

healthy.



3. PREP

Your base sets the pace with this look. I would recommend you exfoliate as part of your preparation to ensure your skin is smooth with no dry flakes in sight. If you are going for a more natural look, you could incorporate strobing cream as part of your routine

Products: MAC has an amazing prep and prime range. Their moisture serum has easily become a go to primer for me. Whenever I need the extra glow, I use strobe creams. Mac describes their strobe cream as a moisturiser that boosts the look of dull skin and luminises with iridescent particles. Maybelline has a strobing stick that gives a subtle but prominent glow.

Con:  (Mac) May feel a bit heavy on the skin, also pricey

(Maybelline) no cons

Pro: (Mac) a little goes a long way so if you buy the small one it will last.

(Maybelline) can easily be layered depending on the look you’re going for


4. ILLUMINATE

One of the major tricks to getting a super defined glow is layering. Illuminators can be used underneath a highlight to define or bring forward specific areas, or also to bring an overall glow to the face.  Illuminators come in all different shapes and sizes, some can be drops others sticks and creams, so it is essential to find one that fits your skin type

Tip: mix it with your foundation to give you dewy skin

Product: NYX Cosmetics Illuminators are amazing, and they are pretty affordable.

Pros: inexpensive, lasts long,

Cons: under certain foundations it may be difficult to blend



5.HIGHLIGHT

Highlighter is the ultimate glow partner. It attracts light, creating the illusion of brightness, “hence that lit-from-within” look.  There are thousands of different highlighters both in powder and liquid forms. I often reach for powder highlights because they are easier to work with. My focus when looking for a good highlighter is the glitter specks, I often reach for deep gold tones.

Tips: find a highlighter that has glitter specks that compliment your skin tone

If finding a good highlighter is a struggle, swatch some shimmer shadows on your hand and see if they work (9/10 times there’s an amazing highlighter in one of your palette’s)


6.RADIATE

Most of your radiance comes from within so put on a smile, wear your favourite perfume scent, remember that you are beautiful and glow on.


Bianca Sodala

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