Studio 5 Beauty and Style Contributor Holly Stone shares her favorite “glow getting” products.
It is “the look” for summer – a natural, radiant glow. It’s a style that just compliments our laid-back, casual summer days. It can be described in two ways.
1. a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity
2. brightness of color
GLOW GETTERS: SKIN CARE
The most fundamental concept to getting a glow is taking care of your skin. A lot of expensive products are not necessary. Consistency of use is.
MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 15+
Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun will 1) Prevent dryness which results in uneven texture and loss of firmness 2) Minimize premature fine lines and wrinkles 3) Maintain radiant skin tone 4) Guard against skin cancer
For normal to dry skin: Paula’s Choice Pure Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 $11.17 Paulaschoice.com
For normal to oily skin: Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 30 $9.99 Wal-Mart
Used twice a week, an exfoliator is necessary for skin radiance. Benefits from exfoliating the skin include:
• make your skin look brighter (tone) and feel smoother (texture)
• removing dead skin cells stimulates cellular renewal
• remove skin blockages and toxins
Holly’s Pick: St. Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub, $4.29, Target or Walgreens
GLOW GETTERS: HAIR CARE
Since your hair is the “halo” that surrounds your complexion, shiny hair is a secret to adding light to your whole face.
Treat yourself to hair gloss! These smoothing products, packed with micro-pearls and light reflection serums, can be used on dry hair. They exist in liquid form, which you apply to the tips, and in spray form, to spritz all over. Use sparingly so as to not weigh down your hair.
Holly’s Pick: Marrakesh Oil, Taylor Maid, $12.00
GLOW GETTERS: MAKE-UP
Reflecting light is the best way to achieve an overall glow.
This super power cream has botanicals and antioxidants to boost the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin. It brightens the complexion with iridescent particles which enhance the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions. Blend ¼ MAC Strobe Cream with ¾ of your foundation or tinted moisturizer. Apply all over or to needed areas of face.
Holly’s Pick: MAC Strobe Cream, Nordstrom. $29.50
This pink pressed highlighting powder takes your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant. It’s shimmery, satiny, radiant, perk-me-up finish is perfect for giving your skin a healthy glow. Using a full head brush, apply across forehead and cheeks
Holly’s Pick: Benefit Dandelion, www.sephora.com, $28.00
A luminescent complexion enhancer, this ethereal pink liquid highlighter creates a radiantly dewy complexion. For an angelic sheen, this shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow. For all skin tones. Apply to cheek bone, bridge of nose, above eyebrow bone, on décolleté
Holly’s Pick: Benefit High Beam, www.sephora.com, $24.00
Note: Most bronzing powders have shimmer powder in them which would be great for someone with younger skin. If you have the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a bronzer with shimmer can accentuate fine lines and draw attention to problematic skin. Opt for a matte bronzer.
This soft matte, silky-smooth bronzer instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan. Bronzing Powder is a year round product to get a sun-kissed glow. For best application, use a full head brush and apply across forehead, down bridge of nose and out to cheeks, across chin.
Holly’s Pick: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder,
Dehydrated skin will automatically lack luster. Use this spray any time of day for a natural way to hydrate the skin and restore its glow. This spray has the best ingredients normally found in heavy creams. It will allow your skin to rejuvenate with a water based moisturizer containing NAPCA, Elastin, Collagen, and Sodium Hyaluronate in a pure (iodized) water base.
Holly’s Pick: Moisture Spray, www.cinemasecrets.com, $8.50
HIGHLIGHTING EYE SHADOW
For eyes that pop, try a highlighting shadow just under brow bone. For a little extra sass, roll your pinky finger in your shadow and then roll (moving away from the eye) inside the corner of your eye. Note: for more mature skin, stay away from shadows with shimmer as they will draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Use a matte shadow in a lighter color to make eyes stand out.