If you follow me on social media or read The Skin Nerd website articles, you know that I’m about skin health over aesthetics. The reality is that few people actually are – skin health is a means to an aesthetic end and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. When you look good, you feel good!
Dewy, radiant, glossy skin is the key beauty trend this year. Gone are the days of matte, flat skin and total coverage. Now, we’re all for looking diffused and as if we just got caught in one of our beautiful country’s typical rain bursts at the bus stop.
Cosmetic makeup can help you to achieve this look but if your skin isn’t naturally radiant or dewy before there’s any slap on it, you’re not going to get a full and proper result.
The number one thing you need to address (and perhaps the least sexy) is your skin’s barrier. No shimmery highlighter swatches here, just plain old omegas. Omegas, you ask? Why, yes. Taking an omega supplement boosts the skin’s barrier function so that it is locking in moisture properly. Hydrated skin = plump, fresh, glowy skin. There’s no point knocking back litre upon litre of water if it’s not staying in the skin.
Dullness is caused by a decrease in the skin’s own exfoliation process. You’re probably thinking to yourself “I’ll just do a scrub tonight”. Well, don’t. Scrubs technically do get rid of the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin that dim our glow but they also cause micro-tears across its surface, disrupting our all-important barrier function.
Opt for a chemical exfoliant instead as they will speed up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. You can use an exfoliating masque like the IMAGE Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque (€32.80), which contains a 17% blend of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, once or twice a week to kick start the cycle.
Next up, you need a radiance serum with the right texture. At the moment, I’m using the Académíe Scientifique De Beauté 8h Radiance Serum (€42.00) and I adore it for those days when you want to go makeup-free but you still want to look a tiny bit polished and sheeny. Pop this on AFTER your sunscreen to reap the benefits of its velvety, non-oily dew effect, just make sure to allow your sunscreen to absorb/dry for 5-10 minutes first.
This is the step where you’ll add makeup if you feel so inclined. When it comes to complexion makeup, I wholeheartedly believe that it should be a mineral foundation, as cosmetic makeup dries out the skin due to high alcohol and fragrance content.
There are two options here: the Bellàpierre Loose Mineral Foundation (€16.95) is a powder foundation that can be built up to full coverage. When you buff it in in a circular motion with a fluffy brushes, it diffuses the minerals in just the right way to give your skin mirror-level shine.
As minerals work with your skin’s natural oils too, you won’t be too oily nor will you be too matte! If you are spot-prone like so many of us, you don’t need to ruin your radiance by applying layer upon layer of mineral powder. Use a small concealer brush to build coverage on any spots or areas of pigment.
Now, here’s the secret nerdie trick: rub a teeny drop of facial oil between your fingers to warm it up and dab it onto the high points of your face on top of your makeup. If you’re a bit oily, stick to just your cheekbones.
I used the Urban Veda Reviving Facial Oil (€39.99) and I promise you it does not make your (mineral) makeup split and it looks like your skin is doing all the work for you. It appears much more like real skin than a glittery highlighter does… Although, don’t we all love a glittery highlighter from time to time?
Et voilá – catwalk-quality, highly-Instagrammable dewy skin!