First off, what is “glow”?
With so many terms referring to “glow”, it can be confusing to wrap your head around what the word actually entails. Whether you’ve heard the terms “glass skin”, “cloudless skin”, “yoga skin”, or “dumpling skin” (many of which were made popular by K-Beauty routines), you can rest easy knowing that the goal is essentially one and the same: achieving a clear, dewy, rosy cheeked, plump and hydrated complexion – one that suggests you’ve been on an ultra-relaxing tropical vacation, or that you started your morning with Sun Salutations in a hot yoga studio. In sum, a natural, luminous complexion – the ultimate picture of health.
How does one achieve “glow”?
While it may seem a daunting task to achieve a translucent, pore-free complexion without the possibility of going on your dream vacation, there are a surprising number of ways in which you can infuse more “glow” into your complexion – both short and long term, naturally and with the helping hand of a makeup brush or two:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: This point may not be the most exciting, but it sure is an important one when it comes to looking and feeling your best. By making sure you’re sleeping enough, eating a healthy nutrient-rich diet, and getting a weekly combination of moderate to vigorous exercise that ups your heart rate and guarantees an albeit sweaty but instant glow, you’ll be well on your way to achieving that dewily lustrous, lit-from-within complexion.
Boost your skin care routine: Your skin benefits not only from what you put in your body, but also what you put on it. A simple internet search will pull up an abundance of suggestions for how you can achieve “chok chok” (Korean for soft, moist, and shimmering skin), many of which propose complicated, time-consuming routines with upwards of 10 steps. But don’t stress – a “glow”-worthy routine doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our Love Nature Energy & Radiance series is a deliciously sensorial (thanks to the bursts of Organic Apricot and Orange) way to help your skin look and feel energised and luminous. The range features a lazy-morning approved routine composed of a cleanser, toner, and hydrating face gel – so you can get your glow on in a jiffy!
Rely on the transformative power of make-up: In contrast with more matte, caked-on or baked looks where any form of shine should be powdered away at any given moment, the dewy skin ideal is all about a complexion that looks soft, healthy, fresh, and natural – even if you had a helping hand from your make up bag. Start out by completing your normal skin care routine (or try the one mentioned above). After moisturising, apply a layer of primer, then follow up with lightweight foundation and concealer on trouble spots, using a small amount so that the natural beauty of your skin shines through. After that, you can follow up with a highlighter or illuminator just above your cheek bones, for the ultimate shimmer look. Pro Tip: This look works best with creamy, moisture-rich products, so put your compact powder away!
With these handy tips, you’ll be glowing with the power of a thousand suns in no time!