From J.Lo to Kim Kardashian, the current trend is ultra-glowy skin–think blinding levels of light and bronzed beauty. While you probably won’t spend two hours in front of a mirror every morning a la Kardashian, glowy, dewy skin is definitely within reach.
This goes without saying, but the best tip for getting glowy, healthy skin is by actually having healthy skin. The quickest way to do this is by drinking tons of water: according to Mayo Clinic, the recommended amount per day is about a half a gallon, or eight glasses of eight ounces of water. But that’s just the bare minimum: to help fight acne, dullness, and dark circles, try drinking at least twice that amount per day.
Shop the Skin Care Aisle
Once you’ve got your gallon of water in tow, head to your nearest beauty counter for some skincare products (since really, there’s no point in spending some money on new highlighters if you neglect your real skin). The newest trend in skincare is K-Beauty: skincare products from the East that are all focused on glowy, ultra-moisturized, hydrated skin. While the West is famous for ultra-contoured, matte, flawless looks, Asian skincare brands are focused on super-glowy, natural looking skin, and because of that, you’ll find some really awesome ingredients in their skincare lines: look for arbutin, vitamin C, snail mucin (yup), kojic acid, and resveratrol. Be warned: lots of these products are marketed as “whitening”, which they won’t actually do, but they’ll definitely even out skin tone and give you that brightness you’re looking for.
Another increasingly popular option from K-beauty skincare is sheet masking: done sometimes even up to once a day, sheet masking involves letting yourself stew in a paper mask soaked with “essence” that helps hydrate, moisturize, and brighten skin. Sheet masks are amazing at plumping up skin and preparing it for the day–plus, it’s like having your own personal spa!
Become Friends with Highlighters
If your goal is luminous skin, highlighters are your best friend. What are highlighters? They’re a new makeup trend that’s sweeping cheekbones across the nation, with either cream, liquid, or powder formulas that are essentially compressed sparkle and shine. If you have pink undertones, look for rose-gold tones in your highlighters, and for olive and yellow ladies, look for bronze and champagne undertones. Once you’ve found the best shade for your face, apply highlighter in the same places that light naturally hits your face: the middle of your forehead, bridge of your nose, arch of your eyebrows, tops of your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and the middle of your chin. Play around with what looks best for your skin’s needs: highlighters are available in matte and shimmer, cream, stick, powder, and spray, and every other type imaginable.
For an all-over glow, try applying your highlighter before your foundation–this works especially well with cream and liquid formulas.
Don’t be Afraid of Blush
Many of us are scarred by teenage attempts at blush that ended up way in our temples, under our cheekbones, or in little doll-shaped circles. But don’t let those bad experiences keep you from experiencing blush: a light wash of coral-gold is the perfect way to get your skin glowing! Make sure to stay away from matte shades that may make your face look flat, and look for shimmery shades to help give you the illusion of illuminance. Peaches, corals, and light pinks are your best bet for fair to medium skin, and deeper skin tones look beautiful with shimmery berry shades.
Instead of applying blush underneath the cheekbones or by the temple, focus your blush on the apples of your cheeks for a natural, youthful glow. Cheekbone blush is great for younger women who want a very structured look that “fakes” having prominent bone structure, but as we age, we lose fat deposits in our cheeks (this can be a good thing–your cheekbones might be as sharp as they ever were!), so focusing more on the apples of your cheeks will look more natural and keep your look from ranging into skeletal territory.
As cheesy as it may seem, happiness and graciousness go a long way in helping you maintain beauty as you age.
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.”–Roald Dahl