There are few compliments better than "Your skin looks great! Have you had a facial?" It's even better when you haven't spent big bucks on a treatment but have instead mastered the art of faking that post-facial glow with products. It can be done. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm sure we'd all love to book in for regular skin-perfecting (not to mention relaxing) treatments, but for many of us, our budgets just don't stretch that far. So this is your guide to faking expensive-looking skin with makeup and skincare products that won't break the bank. They aren't super cheap either, but where a facial is a pretty big spend for a one-off experience, these products will last you months. You have to think about the cost per use.
Keep scrolling to find out how to fake facial results with the five glow-boosting products you can use at home.
Ren's three-phase overnight facial will have your complexion glowing by morning. AHA and glycolic acids exfoliate; glycogen, omega oils and magnesium energise the skin; and sodium lactate raises the skin's pH to encourage it to attract water. You'll wake up to plump, hydrated and glowing skin.
With light-reflecting technology, this re-emits light from the skin for an instant glow. You can wear it alone, with concealer or under foundation, and it works on all skin tones from fair to dark. Skin will look smoother, calmer and more radiant.
Every time I get a comment on how good my skin (not my makeup) looks, I'm wearing this tinted moisturiser. Buffed on with a flat-top brush, this seriously hydrating product evens out the skin tone and leaves my complexion looking naturally flawless (not overly made up), plus it comes in 16 shades.
An easy to use cream highlighter, apply this to high points of the face (cheek and brow bones, bridge of the nose) to leave them gleaming. I even apply some to my chin and forehead to fake that facial-esque glow.
Described as, "a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light." This powder, or any of the various light-inspired powders in the range, will offer a tired, sallow complexion a much-needed wash of light and energy. Dust over your face when you've finished your makeup or during the day if it needs a boost.