If you aren’t one of the lucky few born with freakishly perfect skin, we have three words for you: Join. The. Club. And even if you do have great skin, everyone can benefit from a little extra radiance. That’s because certain lifestyle habits—like happy hour with friends or late nights at the office—can sap the glow out of even the most diehard skincare devotees.
The bright side: It’s not as though you’re stuck with dull, dry skin forever. (Or on the flip side, forced to adopt the lifestyle of a monk.) With a few strategic makeup tricks, you can have glowing skin and that second glass of rosé, too. We teamed up with Estée Lauder to share the best formulas and smartest application tips to renew and restore your complexion.
Learn exactly how to bring your skin back to life—and restore its dewy radiance—with these easy steps.
Ace Your Base
Start your allover glow by giving your skin a wake-up call. Massage in a brightening moisturizer, like Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm ($62), to boost radiance, nourish, and visibly firm your skin. “Give it a minute to set into your skin so it’s not too slippery,” advises celebrity makeup artist Collier Strong. Then layer on a luminizing primer. (There’s no such thing as too much radiance when it comes to this look.) The primer will add a healthy, hydrated sheen to your skin, but it also ensures that your makeup will stick around all day.
Smooth and Perfect
You know what doesn’t look dewy? Layers and layers of caked-on makeup. For this look, opt for a lighter finish foundation, like Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30 ($42), which evens out your skin tone and offers sun protection without feeling (or looking) heavy. (Here we used Shell Beige.) Blend it in with a damp sponge or clean fingertips. “The heat of your fingers melts the foundation into your skin, so it looks like real skin and adds to that dewy finish,” explains Strong.
Swipe on Shine
Next, up your shine with a liquid highlighter like Estée Lauder Double Wear Highlighting Cushion Stick ($42). Just don’t confuse this look with serious strobing. In order to get the most natural glow, dab highlighter wherever light naturally hits your face. “That’s the bridge of your nose, the bow of your lip (which also makes your lips appear larger), on the cheekbones, and just underneath your lower lip,” says Strong. Then buff and blend in the highlight until the glow is softly diffused.
A fresh-faced look wouldn’t be complete without a little shine on the lips. Go for a your-lips-but-better effect with a soft, petal-pink gloss with super-subtle sheen.
Allover Dew, Achieved
Your skin won’t get much fresher or have more of a glow than this, so take advantage of it. It makes for the perfect daytime look, but it’s also radiant enough for your sister’s wedding or a second date with someone you actually like.
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