The Glowy Skin Edit
With spring firmly underway, it's time to put the heavy mattifiers to rest and embrace the natural glow. While some have a non-negotiable 10-hour sleep schedule and an odd juice cleanse here and there, others have to put a bit more effort in order to achieve this season's coveted 'lit from within' look. Below I've gathered a selection of products for creating a naturally luminous and well-rested complexion without venturing into the disco ball territory.
While there's no denying the power of a well-established skincare routine, when it comes to instant gratification, masks are unbeatable, especially, if they happen to offer a hefty dose of exfoliation. The
Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
does exactly what it says on the tin - give this potent mix of fruit acids and papain enzyme 10 minutes of your time and the skin will thank you later. The apricot-scented peel effectively removes all dead skin cells and reduces any inflammation, leaving the skin looking even and positively glowing, without having to endure the effects of harsh physical exfoliants.
If you're on a lookout for a quick fix for the winter-induced dullness, the
Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
does the job in a matter of seconds. Packed with water-activated vitamin C, this gritty paste delivers instant results, making the skin look (and feel) smooth and radiant.
If autumn is all about the mattified complexion, springtime calls for a fresh, natural-looking base. The
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel
offering has the whole fuss-free, sheer base thing down to a tee, offering a barely-there coverage along with some serious dewiness. Despite the sheer formula, it's surprisingly good at evening out the skintone and toning down any redness. While it is on the luminous side of things, this base never looks downright shiny, however a touch of powder is a welcome addition if you intend to sport it for the best part of the day.
When it comes to glow-inducing highlighters, my favourites come from the opposite ends of the spectrum. I feel like the
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
isn't really a full-blown highlighter - on my pale skin, it acts more as an extension of the base product, creating dimension and giving a subtle, natural radiance. When applied with an ultra fluffy brush, it can be used as a finishing powder to blur all imperfections and impart a soft, candlelit glow.
On days when I'm craving an intense, long-lasting boost of luminosity,
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
is the one I reach for time and time again. Even when applied with a light hand, this honey-hued highlighter packs a serious punch, though it never actually looks downright glittery.
What are your go-to glow-inducers?