When you’re happy, your skin glows like it’s lit from within. We found seven simple hacks that make your skin radiant—like you just won the lottery while sitting on a beach with your brand-new puppy next to your BFFs!
Give yourself a quick facial. Beauty vlogger Tanya Burr picked up this skin hack from British facialist Emma Hardie: “When cleansing, Emma taught me to use a microfiber cloth to massage the cleanser into each section of my face with little downward strokes to release tension. My skin instantly looks brighter and energized.”
Mix it up. For a dewy look, makeup artist Tom Pecheux has been known to dip a foundation-covered brush in a few drops of facial oil before buffing the mixture into the skin. “It won’t look like you have any makeup on,” he says.
Add a bit of balm. “If I’m feeling tired or dried out, I’ll apply some lip balm and tap the excess along my cheekbones and brow bones in a half-moon shape to get a little boost of moisture. When your face turns in the lights, it throws off a pretty sheen,” says Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier and Into the Gloss. She uses her own Glossier Balm Dotcom.
Break out a makeup sponge. “Midday, if my makeup is looking dry or creasy, I’ll spritz on a facial mist, then use the tip of a Beautyblender to smooth the creases and pat more moisture into the skin,” says makeup artist Kate Lee.
Rethink primer. Lee uses Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance as highlighter. “It has the slightest hint of shimmer,” says Lee. She rubs it between her hands and then lightly presses her palms along the cheekbones and jawline. “People make the mistake of putting illuminating powders or creams all over, but that will make you look like a disco ball,” she says.
Or substitute concealer for highlighter. “I mix moisturizer with a concealer that’s a little paler than my skin tone for a really natural-looking glow,” says makeup artist Robin Black. She swipes and blends it across her forehead, brow bones, under-eyes, chin, and the bridge of her nose with a concealer brush.
Mist over. Powder is great at setting your makeup but can ruin your glow in the process. “If my skin is matte after I add powder, I’ll spritz it with rose water and then gently press my hands over my face,” says Black. “The warmth from my hands sets the makeup and keeps powder from ruining my glow.