What is “glass skin” and how to achieve it

Healthy, glowing skin will never go out of style, and it was always one of the most popular makeup looks on the Fall / Winter 2019 fashion shows. “Glass Skin,” the exaggerated version of the trend that originated in South Korea , refers to a particularly shiny and radiant skin finish – as you’ve probably seen on social media. But as much as we love it on our streams, is it portable in the real world, away from filters and studio lights?

We spoke to makeup artist Nikki Wolff to find out how to recreate the glass skin finish and make sure it lasts all day, without looking too shiny or greasy.

“Glass skin” explained

“When you think of glass, you imagine this even, smooth surface, so the glass skin is that super reflective skin finish, like water, rather than anything that’s too metallic,” Wolff explains.

And, even if you think you need to layer a lot of highlighting products, the secret to glass skin is How? ‘Or’ What you apply your illuminator, rather than the amount you use.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that in order to look really shiny, you just need to apply more product. It doesn’t. Instead, focus on or you place your highlighter. It’s about intelligently finding the points on your face that reflect the light. This is what creates the hint of a very shiny and shiny finish, while keeping your face natural. “

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The secret of the glass skin

Where are those places reflecting light on your face? The trick to finding them involves good lighting and your moisturizer.

“Sit in a good light and identify the parts of your face affected by the light,” Wolff explains. “Do this with your newly applied moisturizer as your skin will be a bit more moist and reflective, which will make training easier.”

Where to apply your highlighter

“You will probably find that the center of your eyelids reflects a lot of light, more than the rest of your eyes, as well as along your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the cupid’s bow. These areas really are. cute spots to apply highlighter because when your face moves it gives the illusion of full shine that makes someone think your complexion is really bright. “

Or should not do you add glow?

“Highlighting is about creating shape and dimension, so applying highlighter all over your face doesn’t accomplish this. You may know to highlight your cheekbones, but only do it on the high points, otherwise you might fall in and accentuate the creases around your eyes. You might also find that around your nose picks up light, but this is a place you probably want to avoid. stressing too, because it is not flattering. Don’t overdo your chin either, as it can make you look greasy, not shiny, especially as the day goes on. ”

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What kind of products should I use?

“I’m obsessed with liquid products because they give the most radiant finish from the inside out. Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid, in particular, gives you fresh skin ‘right out of the spa’.”

“To make your glow last longer, run your liquid highlighter with highlighter powder. It will set your makeup, give the look hold, and your skin will still be shiny. Just be careful not to be too heavy – that’s why. I prefer to use brushes because they give you more control; there is less risk of moving the product or overloading the skin.

Can we have a glass skin with imperfections?

“It’s definitely harder to get a super shiny skin finish when your skin texture isn’t smooth and the lightening around blemishes can draw attention to them. I would stick with shiny products and creamy and I would avoid anything with a lot of sheen, that way you can create a dewy base that looks healthy, although it might not be as reflective as traditional glass skin. would recommend Becca’s Skin Love Glow Elixir as it has a sheer shine that doesn’t emphasize blemishes. ”

Should I always use powder?

“This is the number one question when it comes to getting a glass skin. Obviously you want to keep that texture really shiny, so you don’t want to put on too much powder, but it can help set the makeup around. of your eyes and nose should therefore not be completely avoided. “

Nikki Wolff’s Step-by-Step Guide to Glass Skin:

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1. Use a glowing moisturizer, like Barbara Sturm’s Brightening Facial Serum, to prep skin and lay the foundation for a glow. It will stop any dryness, enemy of a smooth skin texture.

Barbara Sturm Brightening Face Serum, £ 240 BUY NOW

2. Try a pore perfecting primer to keep skin texture smooth. Cover FX’s Blurring Primer also has a slight tint to conceal blemishes.

Cover FX Blurring Primer, £ 30 BUY NOW

3. Becca’s Aqualuminous Foundation delivers a radiant, natural-looking finish, while Cover FX’s Power Play Concealer is shiny to brighten dark circles under the eyes.

Becca Aqualuminous Foundation, £ 32, BUY NOW

3. Then apply touches of highlighter, depending on how your face catches the light. I recommend applying Becca’s Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector with a Nabla Cosmetics highlighter brush.

Becca Shimmering Moonstone Skin Perfector, £ 30 BUY NOW

4. Add the same luminescence to your eyes using Tom Ford’s Sculpt & Illuminate Palette in the center of your lids.

Tom Ford Sculpt & Illuminate Palette, £ 60 BUY NOW

5. Finish with an illuminating powder, like Charlotte Tilbury’s Air-Brush Flawless Finish, under the eyes and around the nose to set your makeup. Then spray on Cover FX Illuminating Finishing Spray for a perfect dewy finish.

Impeccable Airbrush Finish by Charlotte Tilbury, £ 34 BUY NOW

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