Glass skin: the makeup artist’s guide to dewy skin


We have Korean beauty to thank so much. From sheet masks to double cleanses to cushiony foundations, K-Beauty has raised the bar and brought us viral trend after viral trend – the current of which is glass skin.

“Glow” is the beauty buzzword of 2018, and every brand from MAC to Charlotte Tilbury to Chanel has launched new products including the word. At the top of the glow is glass skin – the deliest, most translucent, most luminous and moist skin you’ve ever seen, spotted everywhere this Fall Winter 2018, from Richard Malone to Ellery and Erdem.
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The glass skin trend started when makeup artist Ellie Choi’s Instagram selfie went viral and she attributed it to a dedicated and elaborate K-Beauty skincare ritual. At the heart of the trend is a unified, hydration-plumped skin canvas. Displacing dead skin cells with AHAs and layering hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin and make it look as juicy as a pomegranate seed, but how do you get the glassy glow to shine through your makeup?

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“While it starts with skincare, we can cheat on that beautiful healthy shine by using liquid shimmer in the right places to achieve the most natural glassy glow,” says makeup artist Mary Ellen Darby. “The key is to use products that shine rather than shimmer,” according to makeup artist Aisling Kelly. “The best glass skin creates a subtle reflection of light. Use small amounts of moisturizers in light layers when applying makeup. My favorite technique is to spray a beauty blender with The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist, €9.95, and bounce it over my foundation and concealer before setting with a small amount of powder in the face. T-zone only.

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To ensure your glow applies evenly, “use your fingers to gently press down on liquid highlighters,” advises Darby. “Apply to the tops of the cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose, over the brow bone and cupid’s bow. Apply a little on the forehead, just above the outer third of the eyebrow until hairline. Sparkle won’t do anyone with rosacea or acne any favors, so ditch the glitter and stick with liquid highlighters. If you have dry skin, “Dab a small amount of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream onto the high points of your face,” advises Kelly. For oily skin, “remove excess oil with blotting paper and use a sponge to lightly press powder onto forehead, nose, upper lip and chin – letting the rest of the face shine”.

For more beauty articles, check out the November issue of IMAGE magazine, available nationwide now.

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