What are your best tips for achieving beautiful, glowing skin?


What are your best tips for achieving beautiful, glowing skin? Share your tips!

Luminizing creams/lotions are really good for an all-over glow (like MAC Strobe Cream/Lotion), but depending on your skin, you might prefer a powder product. For a subtle glow that is that “Hmm, what did you do differently?” kind of product, Guerlain Pressed Meteorites dusted all over. For a more obvious glow, I like highlighters like theBalm Mary Lou-manizer, Guerlain Meteorites, DiorSkin Shimmers, and the like.

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I love Guerlain’s pressed meteorites, but I don’t notice much of a glow – it seems like a very natural finish (not quite matte) to me. They make my foundation last twice as long though, and give a beautiful finish!

I’ve been using the Befine Night Cream with cocoa, millet, & rice bean. It’s evens out my skin tone, making it look more youthful, and giving it a natural glow 🙂 As for makeup, I use the ELF blushes. I have darker skin, so it shows up more as a highlighter than a blush.

Sometimes I use strobe cream, but most of the time I just use MSF natural which seems to have a bit of a glow in it/on my skin. If I am going for that dewy skin glow then I will apply my make- up and either apply pearl or hush cream colour base or take a bit of strobe cream along my check bones. For bronzey/goldish dewy glow I use my Chanel tan de soleil sheer illuminating fluid, which I either apply to the high points of my face after I am done with my make-up or I sometimes mix with my foundation for an all over sun kissed look in which case I add no extra shimmer and just go with some bronzer 🙂 I of course have other powder like highlighters as well which I love equally like my MSF in soft and gentle, and my new MSF in superb I think is the name (the one like modern mercury),  Marylou-manizer etc but I guess I just find myself reaching more for cream like products right now than powder products..

When I think of glowy skin, skin care immediately comes to mind. I get that healthy looking skin from my hydroxy acids and vitamin C serum. My retinol serum doesn’t really “brighten” the skin, it gives my skin more of a feeling of suppleness, fullness, and cohesion.
 
When it comes to makeup, I never want anything that “livens” my skin since it’s already so oily. Matte makeup is the way to go! Not flat matte, by anything with a sheen, shimmer, sparkle, or glitter sends me sprinting in the opposite direction. 🙂

NARS Copacabana… Hands down. During the summer, you can mix a tiny bit into your tinted moisturizer or foundation. During the winter, you can use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones or under your brow bone. On a more natural note… Eat broccoli. Eating broccoli helps reduce dark circles. Also, try cutting a strawberry in half and rubbing the cut half on your face… That helps whiten and brighten your skin. If you’d like to tighten your wrinkles, too… Make sure the strawberries are cold when you rub them on your face. ^^

For a more affordable, two-birds-with-one-stone kind of option, I would suggest MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, applied with a damp sponge. Gives you the most beautiful, subtle sheen. Very good oil control too, and I have the oiliest of oily T zone. Take care only to use a light layer because it is a little drying and can look cakey otherwise. I have used it on its own and the coverage is medium, but somewhat even more drying on the skin without the barrier of a base. Medium Plus works very well for my NC 25/30/35 skin tone.

I’ll put a mixture of Neosporin & Cetaphil lotion on my face at night.  Weird, but it works!
 
Also Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha-Beta Hydroxy peels do a great job of giving you that fresh, I’ve-slept-for-days look!

I’ve found a BB cream that works perfect for my combination skin. It gives me a gorgeous glow but not too oily or shimmery. It’s called something like BoB vitamin mineral BB cream, got it off eBay!

My tips – exfoliate (highlighter of any sort over patchy bits of skin looks not so good!). I’ve found that Jouviance products (Canadian skin care line) have actually make my skin look more glowing on its own! But I do love Strobe cream and also Guerlain’s Cruel Gardenia and TheBalm’s Mary Loumanizer highlighters for when I want some additional glow.

I’m dark enough to match NC 40 in Mac. I love how All That Glitters eyeshadow looks along my cheekbones. It’s like my face is subtly radiating light. Like a halo or something.

Strobe cream, MAC Shaping Powders, Mary Lou Manizer, and Extra Dimension face powders, if you were lucky enough to get them, are all good. My favorite is Play it Proper, a beauty powder from MAC – that stuff is like brushing on pretty! Ben Nye has a slightly luminous powder that does the same thing and it’s permanent. I get it from camerareadycosmetics.com.

Skincare-wise, chemical peels (i use 50% Glycolic acid peel every week and a 12.5% TCA peel every 6 weeks), 2x week deep cleansing mask & anti-oxidant mask. On a daily basis serums/creams with a good concentration of the following (not necessarily in the same product): Hyaluronic acid, Vit.C, Vit.E and Allantoin.
 
Makeup-wise products that give me luminous skin without shimmer/sparkles are Guerlain Parure Extreme foundation, Guerlain Meteorites pressed, Lancome Teint Idole 24H, Shu Uemura Stage Performer cream (used as primer), Meow Cosmetics Purrrfect Puss & Pampered puss mineral foundation, Meow Cosmetics Top Cat setting powder.
 
Regarding shimmery/sparkly products, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks, TheBalm HotMama blush, TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Guerlain blushes, Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Ilumination highlighters (HG of HGs highlighters!!). Last but not least but HG blushes, La Roche Posay Blush Stretch in Rose Acidule (unfortunately dc’d this year, most gorgeous medium dusty rose with candlelit sheen. I got me 3 back-ups, it really IS gorgeous!). And LRP Blush Stretch in Rose Dore (realeased when Rose Acidule dc’d, peach with golden sheen).

MAC Strobe cream and Benefit High Beam.  I’m getting a bit too old for Benefit High Beam though and find it settles into small lines and reduces the longevity of my base.  I use a light dusting of Guerlain Meterorites everyday!  I don’t do a full makeup without at least 2 of these products.  “Bare faced” days I use a a mix of Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturizer with my regular moisturizer for barely there coverage with a hint of shimmer.

Gentle cleansing & exfoliation, followed by a good moisturizer. I also make sure to apply sunscreen *every* day, and avoid extended sun exposure, when possible. Drinking plenty of water helps, too, but I’m guilty of not really following that one, and avoiding too much caffeine (again, not a rule I follow). However, if my skin really needs extra luminosity, I fake it by either adding luminizer to/under my foundation, or a generous layer of NARS Nico. Nico gives me a softer finish, and has no sparkle, but reflects light. I also use it as a natural looking highlight on “good” skin days, otherwise it’s NARS Albatross as ahighlight over Nico.

Kate Somerville/ExfoliKate
KS  Cytocell Dark Circle or Bobbi Brown  Under-Eye Cream
Cure Aqua Gel
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
Peter Thomas Un-Wrinkle face Cream

I want to add glowing with makeup…I am loving the new “IT” illuminating powder across the top of my cheeks, down my nose and a bit in the center of my forehead gives me that dewey hydrated look.

If I want glowing skin i think foundation has a huge part in it. My favorite for that would be Clinique perfectly real foundation topped with macs msfn, really makes my skin glow, but I also like to add a highlight, personally I use guerlain meteorites cruel gardenia, but since that was LE another good product would be Mac soft and gentle msf or pearl cream color base. The best glowy blushes are macs well dressed, NARS deep throat and benefits coralista 🙂
Another mini tip is eat lots of fish! 🙂

I’ve really come to enjoy scrubs or masks with fruit enzymes because they exfoliate and hydrate my skin. I like to use MAC Strobe Lotion mixed with some moisturizer in the morning and it adds an amazing glow. There is no shimmer or glitter, just a beautiful sheen. If I want to amp up the glow and add some shimmer, I reach for Benefit High Beam.

This may sound like oversimplification but I think the best shot we have at youthful glowing skin is well cared for skin. Consistent cleansing with a mild cleanser suited to your skin type, hydration (inside and out), exfoliation, and plenty of rest are the cornerstones.

Quite honestly, there is no product that makes my skin look as good as when I eat healthy food, drink a good amount of water, excercise and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. The second key factor is skincare, which for me must be simple but effective. I always remove all traces of makeup, cleanse, tone and moisturize, and exfoliate once a week. Done.
If for some reason I don’t lead a healthy life my skin shows that and there is no product that can fix that. And I’m a make-up artist.

Retin-A gives me a glow, along with my clarisonic
Other than that I rely on bb cream and NARS Albatross or the Orgasm multiple

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