For me, light is an essential part of makeup and beauty. Healthy skin has that natural glow from within that we are all trying to either recreate, recuperate, or maintain. Aside from sleep, drinking water, having a healthy diet and moisturizing, here are my tips to achieving the highly coveted ethereal glow.
Here's what I use on set:
I usually pick and choose the products to tailor the routine to the needs of the person's skin for a customized glow because there are many ways to get a luminous complexion. Using a variety of different textures creates a realistic and luxurious radiance that could not be achieved with a powder highlighter alone.
Always start by cleansing the skin, and if needed exfoliate to unveil a fresh and new complexion. My favourite toner to use to give an extra boost of radiance - Diorsnow Brightening Light-Activating Micro Infused Lotion because it instantly refreshes, clarifies, prepares and rebalances the skin to perfection. I also make sure to always have pads because they are so kit-friendly. Rodial's Vit C Brightning Cleansing Pads are a great option, as each pad is infused with brightening fruit AHA acids and salicylic acid to retexturize, exfoliate, rejuvenate, and firm the skin. I also love First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads because they contain the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to safely exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive. For personal use, sweep over the skin morning and night after cleansing before adding any skincare to treat dull and uneven skin tone.
The next important step... Moisturizing! Not only will it also help your foundation to apply evenly and keep it in place all day, it also plays a crucial role in creating the glow. I often use Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream and Caudalie's Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Cream because they both have restorative ingredients to heal dehydrated skin, uneven texture, seal-in moisture and plump the skin for a renewed and rejuvenated complexion. I also love using oils as a moisturizer or on top on makeup, applied on the high points of the face as a finishing touch.
Illuminating primers are great to create that glowing from within effect. You can apply it everywhere or simply where you want some extra radiance to give your complexion an instant pick-me-up. I have too many favourites, so I often alternate between Laura Mercier's Radiance Foundation Primer, NARS' Radiance Primer, Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow and Brightening Youth Glow to create an impeccable soft focus and dewy finish.
Liquid highlighters are very versatile and can be used in various ways. You can apply them before or after foundation and you can also mix them in your moisturizer and foundation to add luminosity to the formula. Marc Jacobs Beauty's Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, Giorgio Armani Beauty's Fluid Sheer, MAC Cosmetics' Strobe Cream and NARS' Illuminators are my current go-to's for when I'm on set. My personal favourite that I use on myself is Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid.
Powder highlighters have been incredibly popular for a few years now. Contrary to the popular trend, my philosophy when it comes to powder highlighters, less is more. Blinding highlights might be alluring but aren't very natural looking. Applying it light handedly is important because even if you think your highlight is subtle, the second it hits the sun (or a flash goes off on set) it will look excessive. I love finishing up a look by applying Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder, Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick Highlighter, Make Up For Ever's Pro Light Fusion Highlighter or Dior's Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder on the high points of the face (bridge of the nose, cheek bones, over the arch of the brows, cupid's bow, and inner corners of the eyes). That being said, there are plenty of amazing highlighters out there... Laura Mercier, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, Becca, Nars, Fenty Beauty, and other brands also make great highlighters.
One of my tricks to create realistic dewiness without a shimmering finish, is to apply a balm where I would normally apply a highlighter (but for more intensity, I layer both). Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream is amazing for that! I also often use the Rosebud Salve. Whenever I'm applying lip balm with my fingers, I always tap the excess on the cheeks.
All types of highlighters can be used on the body, but as a makeup artist, I specifically look for products that contain more than the standard 30-50 ml. You might have guessed by now that Charlotte Tilbury is one of my go-to brands for glowing skin, and that goes for the body too! Charlotte Tilbury's Supermodel Body and Multi-Miracle Glow are absolutely amazing. Supermodel Body is great for a shimmering sculpted glow, while Multi-Miracle Glow delivers a smoothing, nourishing, sheer radiance. It can also be used as a regenerating face mask and an SOS remedy on dry cuticles, elbows, heels and shins (which makes it a staple in my kit). For irritated and sensitive skin, I like to use Beautycounter's Baby Daily Protective Balm which is an all-purpose, multitasking, nourishing balm with a soothing blend of organic Shea butter and jojoba oil. It is completely free of irritants and harmful ingredients, so I always keep it in my kit in case of an allergic reaction or simply to soothe problematic areas.