Having healthy-looking skin that boasts an effortless glow is one of the most coveted items on all of our beauty wish lists. Besides looking like you’ve had plenty of sleep (even if in reality you’ve been staying up way too late binging on Netflix), a radiant glow gives off vibes that you’ve just come from a relaxing holiday in an exotic destination… and who wouldn’t want that? Whatever your rationale, we’ve got you sorted: from instant results to more long-term goals of gorgeous, glowing skin, take your pick from four of our favourite beauty kit essentials to up the luminosity of your complexion.
#1 / A powder highlighter
You can’t go past an illuminating makeup product like a powder highlighter to give you enviable glowing skin in an instant. The L’Oréal Paris Wake Up and Glow La Vie En Glow Palette features four warm shades in gold and bronze hues that suit all skin tones. What also makes this palette really special is its coconut oil-infused formula, which allows the finely-milled velvety powder to melt into skin once blended in with a fluffy makeup brush.
This highlighting palette isn’t just for your cheekbones - you can use it all over for maximum radiance. Use the lightest shade on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten the area; try the rosy shade on your cheeks; and go with the shimmery caramel colour on cheekbones and on your Cupid’s bow to plump up the appearance of your lips.
#2 / A liquid highlighter
Prefer a liquid to a powder? A liquid highlighter is also a top choice when it comes to bringing out your features. Gold and packed with tiny glitter particles, the L’Oréal Glow Mon Amour Liquid Highlighter is a lightweight solution that’s conveniently packaged in a dropper bottle that can be easily distributed onto your fingers and blended into skin.
#3 / A face scrub
When it comes to achieving glowing skin, your skin care routine can make a big difference. A face scrub is an effective way to create a flawless base as it can gently remove dead skin cells to reveal skin that looks naturally radiant. Look for a product that features a combination of physical exfoliants to slough away dead skin cells on the surface , as well as chemical exfoliants to degunk built-up sebum in your pores. Try Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub.
#4 / A vitamin C serum
If you want to illuminate your complexion with skin care daily, try a serum (such as SkinCeuticals C + AHA Serum) that features vitamin C in its formula. Also known as ascorbic acid, this brightening ingredient helps even out skin tone, fade dark spots and strengthen the skin’s barrier against pollution (an invisible hindrance that could be to blame for your lacklustre complexion).
#5 / A face mask
Another easy way to achieve glowing skin is with a nourishing facial mask that features a combination of hydrating and brightening ingredients to plump skin and increase luminosity. Hyaluronic acid, green tea extract and licorice root extract can be commonly found in sheet masks (such as TATCHA Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask) and are a cinch to use; all you have to do is pop it over clean skin, leave on for about 15 minutes, remove the mask, and massage in any excess product into your complexion to reap all the illuminating benefits.
What’s your favourite way to boost your skin’s luminosity? Let us know in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.