The Best Make-up to Make Your Complexion Glow

A change in the season can unfortunately, leave once-radiant skin lacklustre and dehydrated. While a thorough skincare routine – packed with nourishing hydrating ingredients – is crucial to keeping skin luminous all-year-round, next-generation foundation formulations and highlighters can help get skin glowing in no time below. We’ve rounded up the best newcomers to the beauty world that will help you get glowing right now.

The Best Foundations for Glowing Skin

The arrival of a new season is the ideal time to rethink your go-to foundation and Guerlain L’Essential Natural Glow Foundation ($102) has been created with 97 per cent natural-origin ingredients to provide skin with radiance for up to 16 hours. Skincare and make-up go hand in hand so Giorgio Armani has combined the best of both worlds with My Armani To Go Tone Up Cushion ($116). Packed with youth-restoring ingredients and anti-pollution protection, this clever little compact does much more than providing skin with a bright and dewy glow. YSL Touche Éclat goes full-coverage with new High Cover Radiant Concealer Pen ($69). It glides on just like the iconic original to create a natural-looking so make sure you pop it in your handbag for on-the-go touch-up.

The Best Highlighters for Glowing Skin

Summer has been and gone but that doesn’t mean your radiant, sun-kissed complexion has to disappear with it. All-in-one NARS Mosaic Glow Blush ($72 from Mecca) features a blush, bronzer and highlighter to get skin glowing in no time at all. Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer in Pink Glow infuses skin with a subtle hint of iridescent pink. Not only will Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer ($129) give your skin a tropical-island-getaway glow, nourishing ingredients including cocoa seed and mango seed nurture skin at the same time.

Glowing Skin

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How to Get Glowing Skin in a Few Easy Steps

Forget about heavy layers of foundation that are guaranteed to leave your skin feeling weighed down – this season is all about glowing skin and a ‘barely there’ approach to make-up. “This new ‘no makeup-makeup look’ can be challenging to achieve because for years we’ve been told to cover-up – and we’re still on autopilot,” admits Lochie Stonehouse, national make-up artist for YSL and Giorgio Armani New Zealand. In the constant pursuit of complexion perfection, Stonehouse believes many of us are following too many unnecessary steps. “We need to take the time to step back, re-think, and try to break our learned habits in regards to application,” he says. 

First Base

A more pared-back approach has become a common occurrence both on and off the runway, and Stonehouse believes that slowly but surely the definition of flawless in the beauty realm is finally being redefined. “Honest, raw beauty is being embraced,” he says. With this in mind, it makes sense that the best way to adopt the barely there approach to makeup is with your own bare skin. “Think of your bare skin as your natural existing make-up,” Stonehouse says. While it can be easy to pick up a foundation to hide imperfections, Stonehouse says it makes more sense to tweak your skincare so you don’t need to rely on make-up to cover up. “Instead of forking out on different foundations to ‘smooth’ skin, perhaps invest in an exfoliating toner or lotion to unclog pores and slough away dry skin,” Stonehouse suggests.


Less is More

When it comes to applying foundation Stonehouse recommends sheer to medium coverage if you have fairly clear skin. Those with blemish-prone skin should try a full-coverage conceal and strategically spot conceal. “This way you don’t need to wear full-coverage foundation all over the face,” Stonehouse explains. Application wise, to achieve radiant, barely there coverage Stonehouse recommends using your fingers. “This way you really feel where you’re applying the foundation, and as a result, you’ll end up using less,” he says. “Use your fingers to gently ‘glaze’ over the areas that need a little more love.” Avoid using circular buffing motions as Stonehouse says this can disturb any previously applied layers of skincare and create a patchy look. “For day-long longevity, I recommend a pressed touch-up powder for most people,” he says.


Get Glowing Skin

A hint of bronzer is the quickest way to give skin a sun-kissed look. “Lightly apply your bronzer where you would usually apply your blush and contour, and always apply to the temples and bridge of the nose,” Stonehouse says. For a believable bronzed goddess look, think about where you would usually tan and gently dust bronzer over these areas. “Never forget to check that the neck isn’t looking too pale in comparison,” Stonehouse explains.

Switching out powder-based eyeshadows in favour of a cream highlighter which can be gently pressed onto eyelids is perfect for a radiant yet understated beauty look. “It will reflect light into the eye area and open eyes up more than what any powder eyeshadow will ever do,” explains Stonehouse. “To minimise creasing, avoid applying the product to the crease – just place a tiny pop close to the lash line on the highest point of the lid.” Mascara, says Stonehouse, should be non-negotiable. “I always prioritise this over anything else on the eye. Always use a jet-black that will curl, define and open up the eyes.”

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