The season is upon us. The season of lights, that is. Spring-summer skin is best highlighted with lighter foundations, warmer tones, more visible skin (including that lovely freckle peppercorn), and light reflection in all the right places.
Glass skin has been de rigueur for some time now, but it’s harder to achieve in the winter. The internal heating and the external freezing are stressful and dehydrating, resulting in a slightly pale and tired complexion. Glass skin is shiny (but never oily) and characterized by that sort of plump, radiant glow so hard to achieve in winter fatigue.
For light-reflecting skin, there needs to be light, so it’s best worn from that time of year until October, when the buttery quality of daylight makes everything a little more appealing. to watch.
Glass skin is first achieved through skincare – a carefully curated hydrating routine incorporating exfoliating acids to prevent dullness. The traditional exfoliating acid is glycolic, but not everyone gets on with it because it can be too much for sensitive skin. For something effective but gentler, try the Shani Darden Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum (€80 at cultbeauty.com) at bedtime for softened skin in the morning. The cult American brand is new to Ireland through Cult Beauty, and this resurfacing serum is both gentle and highly effective.
We should all be wearing SPF this time of year, but especially if you’re using exfoliating acids. I got more compliments on my skin wearing the Ultra Violet Supreme Screen Moisturizing Face Shield ($40 at cultbeauty.com) more recently than any makeup product. It protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, but also has a radiant finish and a silky texture. It wears as a makeup base under makeup, enhancing it rather than interfering with it. If you hate heavy SPF textures or matte finishes, you won’t find a better solution than this.
When it comes to makeup that adds shine, it’s best to avoid these products around the center of the face – especially on either side of the nose and in the center of the forehead, as it’s likely to look more oily than glassy. Still, for skin as glassy as a Krispy Kreme donut (the dream), a product like Vieve Skin Dew ($22 at Brown Thomas Dundrum) is an instant boost. You can apply it under foundation or over it (or both, if you’re in the mood to throw subtlety out the window). It has a golden hue but not opaque, it gives a summery glaze to all skin tones, from deepest to lightest, without making you look like the light fixtures on your grandma’s doorstep after she brought her the Brasso.
If you like your light reflectors with a touch of sun-like bronze, Sculpted by Aimee Liquid Lights in Gilded Glow ($14 at sculptedbyaimee.com) is excellent. Wear it with bronzer or use it as a bronzer to add structure and light reflection to the face by focusing it where the sun naturally hits.
Product of the week
Sunday Riley Fairy Godmother Shimmering Body Oil Gel ($48 at Brown Thomas)