With evenings drawing in earlier, all around us the influx of stunning Autumnal colours and Instagram buzzing with the latest #FallFashion trends, it's clear that Autumn is finally upon us. Despite the gorgeous fashion and cosy nights in that go hand in hand with the introduction of Autumn, one thing the change of weather isn't great for is our skin, which can quickly become quite dry lacklustre and simply defective of that gorgeous summer glow.
Glowing and radiant skin are sure signs of youth, health and vitality so it’s no wonder that all year round, we seek to maintain our summer glow right through Autumn and Winter.
Use an illuminating primer
One way to ensure you achieve that sun kissed glow is to prep the skin before any make-up is applied. By using an illuminating primer, you create a glowing base which will craft the perfect dewy finish, even under matte foundations! An illuminating primer makes for even smoother makeup application and guarantees longer staying power on the face; win win!
Whether it be powder, liquid, or cream, another sure-fire way to create a gorgeous summer glow is by applying bronzers. If it’s a full luminous effect you’re after, try using a shimmer bronzer as this will not only warm up the skin, but also add a luxurious subtle sheen to the face.
Be careful not to use shimmer bronzers all over, instead opt for selected placement in areas the sun would normally hit the face, such as your cheekbones, across your forehead, centre of the nose and cupids bow. Anything more and you’ll be entering serious disco ball territory! Top picks for this include Mac Cosmetics Radiant Skin finish in Gold deposit or Inglot Cosmetics Sparkle Dust Feb in number 3.
Water, water and more water!
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your day as this will rid the body of any nasty toxins or pollutants, leaving you with clearer and more radiant skin.
Try and get into the habit of exercising regularly as this will undoubtedly have a positive effect on creating and aiding in your quest for that perfect summer glow. Our blood helps carry oxygen and nutrients around the body to vital organs and cells including the skin. By exercising regularly, you stimulate and increase blood flow around the body which in turn means your skin and other cells benefit from a steady flow of good nutrients.
Rising in the ranks of the latest internet crazes, superfoods have recently become somewhat a staple in our everyday vocabulary. It’s almost impossible to visit any health site or Instagram explore page without coming across the latest addition to the superfood dream team. Despite their being no concrete medical definition or term, superfoods are commonly regarded as foods that are packed with a plethora of vitamins, nutrients and all round goodness that our bodies thrive off. In the quest for glowing skin, the superfoods you’d need aren’t actually that obscure as you may have been led to believe.
One of the most commonly regarded superfoods for your skin are tomatoes. This commonly used vegetable is best known source of the anti-aging antioxidant Lycopene which helps keep the skin supple but also aids in protecting the skin from UV radiation. This in turn will help safeguard the skin from sun damage overtime, helping to maintain your youthful, natural glow.
For a more natural, alluring radiance sweep a matte bronzer in a number “3” motion along the face, starting on the forehead near your hairline, down under the cheekbones then onto the jaw line. This simple but effective trick will provide real depth to the skin and give you cheek bones that even Kate Moss would be envious of!
Arguably the most underrated product on the market today, cream blusher is becoming somewhat of a rising star in the cosmetics world. The secret weapon of makeup artists worldwide in creating the healthy, “no make-up, make-up” glow, cream blusher is easily applied and blended, making light work of creating the perfect summer sparkle.
Pop some of MaryKay Cosmetics cream blush in Cranberry or Sheer Bliss onto the apples of your cheeks to add a dash of colour to your new summer luminosity.
It is a commonly accepted notion that make-up is only as good as the skin underneath it. Whilst make-up can disguise blemishes and enhance our skin, having a regular skin routine will undoubtedly fashion an enviable glow that will only heighten the effect that make-up has on your face.
Exfoliation is an essential part of any skin routine as it helps stimulate the regeneration of skin cells, whereby dead skin cells are shed and new ones created. Over time, this regeneration process slows down meaning skin can often be left looking dull, dry, tired and simply lacklustre. Gentle exfoliation comes to the aid of skin regeneration by removing the layer of old skin cells, creating a silky smooth, youthful and natural glow to the skin. Try incorporating Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Gentle Scrub no more than twice a week into your skin care routine and you’ll notice the difference in no time. Be sure not to scrub too hard as this can lead to irritation and damage of the skin.
by Christine @cttbeauty
12th OCT 2016