Summer is here, and your glow-up is calling.
No one knows “glow” better than celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who is on her own mission to illuminate.
“Everyone needs to glow,” she tells me, standing in a soft-pink room dedicated to her new Glowgasm range of creamy powder and liquid highlighters in her office in SoHo, N.Y.
“If you think about it, all the times that you glow are: on a holiday, on a beach, after sex…[it’s] happiness, laughter, fun. And who doesn’t want that every single day?”
For natural-looking highlighter placement that tricks the eye into thinking everything is inches higher than it is, apply directly to the top of the cheekbones—but not too close to the eyes.
“If you’ve gone off the bone, you know it’s not right,” says Tilbury. And don’t forget along the nose (but not on the tip) and in the inner corners of the eyes.
© Charlotte Tilbury
Looking for that lit-from-within glow? That’s what
Charlotte Tilbury‘s Glowgasm Face Palette ($99) was made for.
© Glossier Play
Using a refined pearl powder formula, the
Glossier Play Niteshine ($25) creates a lasting iridescent sheen.
Dior‘s newest BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette ($59) features four shimmers inspired by the brand’s runway shows.
© Becca Cosmetics
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter ($47) was recently crowned the number one bestselling highlighter in the U.S.
Of course, the best base for any makeup is glowing skin, and the key to achieving it sans highlighter is proper skincare.
In the morning, use brightening vitamin C products; look for L -ascorbic acid or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate on the label.
Vitamin C for Daytime
Mix in a few of the
Aveeno MaxFlow Infusion Drops ($32.99) with your moisturizer or wear alone for a 48-hour radiance boost.
© Ole Henriksen
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer ($47) creates a dewy complexion with its infusion of Vitamin C.
Kopari Starry Eye Balm ($37) is formulated with coffee and coconut oils to depuff and hydrate at the same time.
© This Works
Using hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C, the
Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum ($76) from This Works preps and plumps your skin for the day ahead.
Acid Exfoliants for Nighttime
At night, exfoliate; I find acid-based exfoliants, as opposed to physical scrubs, the most direct path to a JLo-esque glow.
Caudalie‘s Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence ($58) uses glycolic acid to sweep away dead skin cells, revealing a brighter complexion.
SUPERTONER™ Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner ($54) from Glamglow uses a blend of six acids and activated charcoal to clarify and refine.
© Paula's Choice
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($39) is a cult favourite for its ability to even out skin tone and clear and refine pores.
Pixi Glow Tonic ($38) brightens and hydrates by gently accelerates the cell renewal process with glycolic acid.
A version of this article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of ELLE Canada. Subscribe now.