The Glow Getters

Sunday 22 January 2017

While my current skincare routine is doing a great job of clearing up the post-Christmas breakout (you can read about that here), I doubt there is a skincare product in the world that can make me look like a supermodel when it's minus two degrees in London and I'm suffering from a major case of the sniffles. In times like these I like to live by the golden rule of "fake it 'till you make it", which in this case means turning up the artificial glow. Though I may not look fresh off the runway (damn genetics), these are the products that are guaranteed to take my skin from dull and grey to dewy and radiant in a matter of minutes.

Since my true love, Dior's Glow Maximiser ran out I have been using the liquid version of Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Moonstone" as a primer, and so far I am really impressed. I apply this to my face after moisturising and I find that it adds a beautiful sheen to my skin without leaving even a trace of glitter. On seriously dull days I mix an extra pump in with my foundation which means that I can still wear my favourite matte foundations through the winter.

Sleek's Solstice and Tarte's Pro Glow To Go palettes both contain beautiful highlighters and are really great value for money. The Sleek palette has the benefit of offering 4 shades which can be used for highlighting different areas of the face, though I mostly stick to the shade "Subsolar". Tarte also offers two highlight shades, my favourite being "Burst" as it's the perfect match for my skin tone.

Another great affordable option is Topshop's Glow Highlighter in the shade "Polished", which I carry around everywhere as it's tiny enough to squeeze into even the smallest of clutch bags. This is a cream highlighter which gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin, I often apply a small amount to my inner corners of my eyes and to my cupids bow to make my whole face look more radiant.

On the other end of the price scale, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Glow is gorgeous, but also seriously expensive, so I like to save it for special occasions. This palette contains five different glow giving products, including a bronze and a blush, which is amazing as you could get away with skipping the highlighting stage completely, as your bronze and blush will already be adding radiance.

Last up, you would have heard me mention Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow many times before, as it may actually be my holy grail highlighting product (bold claim, I know!) I would say that this is the most natural of the bunch as it's very subtle but can be easily built up to full radiance when required. Some highlighters can emphasise blemishes and enlarge pores, but I have never had that problem with this product, it's just a gorgeous palette!

So those are my favourite glow giving products right now. Let me know what your top picks are in the comments!


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