A good base is imperative to getting this look, and well-moisturised skin is an absolute must to maximise your radiance throughout the day and evening. The key is to use products that shimmer, not sparkle – think JLo’s stunning, sultry glow.
Choose a moisturiser that contains highlighting particles like Olay Complete Care Multi Radiance Daily Illuminating UV Cream. Depending on your skin type, you may need the extra step of primer, after moisturising; I love Becca’s Backlight Filter for show-stopping finish.
Olay Complete Care Multi Radiance Daily Illuminating UV Cream is available in select large Watsons.
Becca’s Backlight Filter available via Sephora
Liquid foundation is the go-to product for this look – something with a light to medium coverage, full of light-reflecting pigment. Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua is a cult classic and rightly so. This skin-perfecting foundation is water-based (shake well before use!) and the finish is smooth, natural and velvety. Apply with a damp make up sponge or makeup brush for a flawless result.
Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua available via Chanel makeup stores and concessions across Hong Kong
Under eye bags are not an option when we need to glow for it! What’s more upsetting is when your concealer looks drab – or worse – cakey. Dab on Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (use your ring finger!) for an instant lift that will take years off.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer available via Selfridges
Keep the eyes contoured but subtle. A light swash of Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Quad in Golden Mink will give you give right amount of definition without looking dark or heavy. Swipe Nars’s Larger Than Life Longwear nude eyeliner in your water line to really make your peepers pop.
Take this look from daytime to evening by using a metallic pigment like MAC’s “Platinum” to highlight the inner corners of the eyes and cupid’s bow for a striking look.
Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Quad in Golden Mink available via Tom Ford stores and concessions across Hong Kong
Nars’s Larger Than Life Longwear available via Selfridges
MAC’s “Platinum” available via MAC stores across Hong Kong
If there’s one thing you should never leave the house without, it’s mascara. A quick application helps us when we’re in desperate need of looking awake and fresh (hello, hungover Sundays!). Long, luscious lashes will frame your glowy look and keep you looking doe-eyed and alert.
YSL Effect Faux Cils is loved by so many women because defines lashes with length and volume – all with just one application. Add some extra layers to intensify the look for night-time.
YSL Effect Faux Cils available via YSL website
The safe way to achieve that healthy, sun-kissed look is all in the right bronzer, girls. Avoid any matte, cool-toned, murky shades and opt for a light dusting of something fresh such as the Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder. Be sure to blend, blend, blend for a natural, polished finish.
Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder available via larger Body Shop stores across Hong Kong
Dot Clinique’s Cheek Pop in “Melon Pop” onto the apples of your cheekbones for a fun splash of colour and shine. Blend it softly so you don’t look like you’ve been playing with Mummy’s makeup!
Clinique Cheek Pop in “Melon Pop” available via Clinique stores across Hong Kong
Highlighter can be intimidating. There is a fine line between looking glowy and appearing sweaty. Which is why it’s important to use the right technique when applying. As with concealer, only use your ring finger to dab Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter onto the top of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.
If you choose a powder highlight (I suggest the iconic Film Star Bronze and Glow by Charlotte Tilbury) make a “3” shape with your brush from your forehead to under your cheekbone and finish under your jaw line.
Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter available via Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow available via Selfridges
Nude, natural lips are understated but can be very sultry. Stay away from anything too pale or drying. Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in “Boy” is the perfect “your lips but better” shade. For maximum glow, slick some clear gloss over your lipstick. For nighttime, whip out a darker nude like Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour Lipstick “Tea Rose” for a more dramatic effect.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine available via Chanel makeup stores and concessions across Hong Kong
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour Lipstick “Tea Rose” available via Bobbi Brown stores and concessions across Hong Kong
And finally, my secret weapon for glowing skin is to top up your moisturiser throughout the day and evening. I promise this works – even for oily or combination skin types.
Place a pea sized amount of product in the palm of your hands and warm together. Carefully pat onto your cheekbones, forehead and neck for an instant refresh.