Thursday, 1 May 2014

How To Get The Perfect Glow...

I wouldn't have thought that at 26 I would need to start worrying about the effects of ageing, but I swear I woke up on my 26th birthday with wrinkles, and I kid you not, I actually found my first grey hair on my wedding day! It's a good job I don't believe in omens isn't it? Or maybe it was just a sign that we would grow old together...yeah lets go with that one!

Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that the older I get, the harder I need to work to give myself that healthy glow of youth. It used to be natural but now I need a little bit of help.

So here are my favourite products for adding a youthful glow to your complexion...

* Warning - The use of these 'glowy' products may result in unwanted questions regarding pregnancy, particularly if you are a newlywed! *

One of the best products I have found for the job is actually the most affordable, the L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer. This pearlescent white lotion-like primer is one of those fantastic multi-tasking products. Not only can it be used as an all-over face primer before foundation, it can also be added to foundation to sheer out the coverage and add a glow, or even applied after foundation to the high-points of the face as a highlighter. I personally use it in all 3 ways depending on my mood of the day. This is one of my favourite finds so far this year and its only £9.99 for 20ml.

A similar multi-tasking highlighting product is Benefit's High Beam which can be used in the same ways. This one however, is a pale pink pearlescent colour which catches the light beautifully. The great thing about these products is how little you need to use, they last ages! High Beam is £19.50 for 13ml so I would recommend trying the L'oreal primer first. Just as good and half the price for even more product!

Another luminising primer product is the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer which doesn't really get enough love from me. This primer does the same job as the L'oreal one but is a warm orange/gold colour and aims to give you more of a bronze glow. This colour is less flattering on me as I am so pale but it would look beautiful on darker skintones. Who knows, maybe one day I will actually get a tan. It is however, subtle enough for me to wear under a medium coverage foundation. It has quite a shimmery finish which can highlight pores but again this can be fixed with some foundation over the top. This one is 50ml for £29.00 or you can get a travel size of 30ml for £19.00 (I have the travel size).

If you don't fancy creams/lotions and primers, there are also the powder options that are easily swept over the face for an effortless glow. Particularly good if you have an oily complexion.

First up is the Guerlain Meteorite Pearls in Teint Rose, a pot of powder pearls in colour correcting shades which leave a very subtle, yet beautiful, shimmer on the face.When my skin is looking dull but I still want to set my makeup with a powder, I just swirl a big powder brush over these peals and sweep on the face (either all over or just on the high-points). A gorgeous and luxurious product, I absolutely love it! (Approximately £35-40 for 30g)

My final recommendation to add a healthy youthful glow is the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I have found that the effect of this shimmery peach-champagne baked powder really does depend on the brush you use. My favourite to use is the Real Techniques Blusher Brush as it is not easily over-loaded and the shape blends the product perfectly. When I use a denser brush however, Soft and Gentle can appear a bit OTT and glittery. A light hand and the right brush and you're left with a healthy sheen. I'd recommend keeping this one to cheekbones only. (£22 for 10g)

What are your favourite products for a glowy complexion? Let me know by commenting below....

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