Make skin glow this January
January is considered by many to be one of the most depressing months of the year. But even if you’re having trouble mustering up the energy to go out partying or hit the gym, one thing you can make sure of is that your skin looks radiant.
There are countless products on the market claiming to be able to brighten your complexion, but getting a flawless and luminescent skin takes more than just one step.
It goes without saying that a thorough skincare regime it vital if you want a blemish-free and brilliant complexion. After cleansing, toning and moisturising, a primer is the perfect way of achieving an even base for your make-up. Many primers also boast brightening properties, meaning that your skin can look dewy and glowing from the get go.
Christian Dior’s Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer might be a little on the pricey side but it promises to “amplify the skin's natural light to create a spectacular glow”. Other options include Benefit’s That Gal primer, which has a pink colour so perfectly warms up even the palest skin shades.
Cheaper alternatives include the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light, which can be used on its own or as a brightening pre-base moisturiser.
Under eye concealer
However much you make your complexion glow, dark under-eye circles can be a total giveaway. So make sure you invest in a decent concealer to ensure they're a thing of the past. Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Eye Concealer Light is cheap but one of the best on the market, providing complete coverage without clogging up the delicate skin under the eye. Go for a concealer, followed by a light diffusing concealer, such as the celebrity favourite Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat, or the more reasonably priced L'Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighter Pen.
If it’s a dewy look you’re going for, make sure you don’t opt for a matte foundation, as that will ruin all your hard work priming and preening. A good option to achieve a radiant complexion is Rimmel’s Wake Up Me Up liquid foundation if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, or if money is no issue, then why not try NARS’ Sheer Glow Foundation – providing lightweight coverage with a formula that claims to clarify and brighten your skin tone.
Once you’re happy with your base, make sure you add some blusher or bronzer for a touch of colour, then move on to a highlighter. These comes in various forms, such as stick, powder or liquid. Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, and with good reason – her Bar of Gold skin highlighting powder is sublime. For more of a choice in shades, Makeup Revolution offer a Highlighter palette which includes three different highlighting colours for a very reasonable price. If you prefer a liquid highlighter then why not go for Rimmel’s Good to Glow highlighter. Try applying on the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and underneath the eyebrow arch to complete your radiant look.
And that’s it! In four easy steps, you can achieve a flawless look that will have your friends wondering just how you managed to get such a glow in dreary January.