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Prep The Skin: Weekend Glow Brightening Solution, £16.50 | Versed
Start by using a facial toner to exfoliate, brighten and hydrate your skin. A great option is this powerful brightening treatment by Versed, enriched with a four-acid complex of natural skin-brighteners including kojic, azelaic acid, AHAs, bearberry extract and vitamin C. Designed to refine and unclog pores, it promises to reveal a smoother base for make-up to be applied on top.
Available at Boots.com
Enhance Your Natural Glow: Watermelon Dew Drops, £31 | Glow Recipe
Using a hydrating face serum or primer not only enhances your skin’s glow – it ensures each layer applied on top melts together seamlessly, creating that ‘lit from within’ finish. One option to try is a pearlescent illuminating highlighter product like the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter. Alternatively, go for something skincare based. We love the Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops, which hydrate the skin with a thin, silky gel formulation that looks and wears well on any skin type. Brimming with skin-loving ingredients, it delivers that soft glossy glow, without any heavy shimmer, glitter or grease.
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk
Apply A Light Base: Slip Tint, $35 | Saie
Using a CC cream, tinted moisturiser or lightweight foundation will help you achieve that ‘second skin’ finish. At this stage, it’s all about evening out skin tone and providing just a light dose of coverage. Saie’s Slip Tint is a great option for long-lasting, non-greasy glow. Its comfortable coverage is down to a considered blend of ingredients: liquorice brightens and protects skin against discoloration, while aloe nourishes and takes down any redness. Meanwhile, vitamins A and C work hand in hand with pansy flowers to soothe irritation and keep skin looking youthful.
Available at SaieHello.com
Top Your Cheeks With Cream, Liquid or Balmy Products: Miracle Balm, £34 | Jones Road
Using a cream blusher, bronzer or highlighter creates a more natural look, while still lending a hint of colour to your cheeks and the outer corners of your face. The Jones Road Miracle Balm is a great all-rounder, which can be used to bronze and add a bit of warmth to cheeks too, depending on the colour you choose. We recommend ‘Disco’ – its universal shade suits a range of skin tones – for applying a tiny bit of colour to the bridge of your nose for a soft sun-kissed look.
Available at JonesRoad.com
Spot Conceal For Extra Coverage: Revealer Concealer, £26 | Kosas
To cover any blemishes, redness or dark marks, try the ‘spot concealing’ method. This consists of dotting concealer only where it’s needed, rather than applying it in large sections and buffing it out. This Kosas concealer is easily blendable, melting into skin while still providing ample coverage. Laced with skin-brightening caffeine and algae, it also helps brighten darkness under the eyes. Start by applying a slightly lighter shade just in the inner corner of the eyes, and at the edge of your lash line, almost as if you’re drawing a wing – this will brighten and lift the area without the need for excess product.
Available at Naturismo.com
Set Grease-Prone Areas: Finishing Powder, £9 | NYX
Using a translucent or mineral powder, the next step involves setting the skin in the areas that are more prone to shine. Try dipping a damp Beautyblender into a translucent powder and patting it under the eyes, chin, forehead and around your mouth to set these areas. Using this type of lightweight, finely milled formulation ensures a more natural-looking finish, without any extra coverage, making sure you remain glowy not cakey. This pressed powder by NYX is translucent and can be thrown into your bag for on-the-go touch ups. If you have naturally dry skin, you could skip this step.
Available at NYXCosmetics.co.uk
Extend The Lash Line With Brown Liner: Kohl Eye Liner, £3 | Makeup Revolution
Using a brown pencil will take down the drama, but still add a little definition to elongate the lashes. For only £3, this Makeup Forever liner does the job – it glides on easily and can be lightly buffed out to further extend the lash line. It also stays put all day. Simply add a subtle kitten flick to the outer corner of the top lash line and blend with an angled brush to lengthen.
Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com
Neaten Up Brow Hairs With Clear Brow Gel: Boy Brow, £14 | Glossier
Neat brows are the key to a sharp and fresh beauty look. You can always use a pencil or pomade if you feel your brows are especially sparse, but the Glossier Boy Brow, a cult favourite, is all you need to spruce up natural brows and lock them into place.
Available at Glossier.com
Use A Mascara With A Fine Bristle Comb To Avoid Clumps : Limitless Lash Mascara, £27 | Ilia
Add volume to lashes, without them looking heavy, by using a mascara with a fine bristle comb. It’ll separate each lash and avoid any excess product build-up or clumps. Approximately 99% naturally derived, this Ilia mascara offers length, lift and a curl using a lightweight nourishing formula fortified with organic waxes, shea butter, and keratin. Equipped with a dual-sided brush, use a combination of both sides to coat, and separate your lashes.
Available at Revolve.com
GLOSS LIPS WITH A TINTED LIP OIL : HONEY INFUSED LIP OIL, £24 | GISOU
An essential step, enhance your natural lip colour while keeping lips nourished and soft with this lip oil. This sold out in minutes (but is restocking VERY soon) and is infused with honey and vitamins. Providing long-lasting moisture, it gives lips a subtle plumped look that’s seriously comfortable to wear.
Available at Uk.Gisou.com
Neaten Up Any Baby Hairs Or Strands For A Sleek Finish: FLYAWAY KIT, £19 | LARRY KING
Neat, glossy hair is the final step. If you’re wearing your hair down, run some oil through the ends to make it silky and sleek. If you’ve opted for a tight, swept-back bun, this Larry King flyaway kit will be your new best friend. The wax and mini brush duo is designed to help you tame unruly flyaways – simply squeeze a pea-sized amount onto fingertips or the back of your hand before running it over the areas that need tidying up. Use the handy toothbrush-style comb to secure everything into place.
Available at LibertyLondon.co.uk