Forget your flat matte foundations and drying matte lipsticks—this season is all about dewy, glowing skin! It may come as a relief to know that this spring, beauty trends take on a less sculpted, precise look and learn more towards easy-going, relaxed, natural and unpolished. If you’re ready to jump on board this beauty trend, here are a few tips on how you can achieve that carefree, glowing look.
Nail Your Skincare Routine
Young, perfectly healthy skin naturally renews itself around every 28 days by shedding dead skin cells and revealing fresh new skin underneath. This process naturally slows down as we get older, leading to rough, dull-looking skin. Bring back your skin’s natural radiance by including a gentle yet powerful exfoliator in your routine, like the Polish + Resurface Detox Exfoliant by Well Within Beauty.
Exfoliators are highly effective at sloughing away dead cells from the surface of your skin, but you want to stay away from products that contain harsh abrasives like micro beads or crushed walnut shells because these could tear and wound your skin. Well Within Beauty makes organic beauty products that rely on plant extracts and enzymes instead to penetrate your pores and loosen dry, dead skin. Nourishing oils keep your skin plump and moisturized, giving it a youthful-looking glow.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Regularly exfoliating your skin can make it extra sensitive to the sun’s powerful rays, so wearing sunscreen every day is a must. Even if you don’t exfoliate regularly, you should still wear sunscreen every day, as the sun’s harsh rays can cause a host of skin problems like dark spots, uneven skin and hyperpigmentation—all of which leave your skin looking dull and the opposite of glowing.
Choose a sunscreen with a lightweight formula that you won’t mind wearing every day, and make sure it has broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.
Keep Your Base Light
It’s time to put away your long wear, heavyweight, full coverage foundations; this season is all about feathery light, airy face bases that let your real skin peek through. Think BB or CC creams, tinted moisturizers or primers, or consider skipping applying a face base altogether and only use a concealer in areas where you have dark spots or blemishes.
If the idea of going foundation-free is too intimidating for you, sheer out your regular full coverage foundation by using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender. You could also mix it in with your moisturizer for a thinner consistency. Experiment until you find the coverage that’s right for you—just remember that the idea is to create the impression of real, healthy, glowing dewy skin.
Bye-bye Contour, Hello Highlighter
Contour can do wonders to slim your face down and alter its shape, but it can also be tricky to apply. When overdone, it can look painfully obvious and artificial in natural light. An easier, more fool proof way to modify your face shape is by using highlighter. This works as a sort of reverse contour—instead of emphasizing the contours and shadows of your face, it highlights the highest points of your face, such as your nose bridge and the highest part of your cheekbones.
Wearing subtle highlighter all over your face also mimics well-hydrated skin, giving you a radiant glow. Highlighters come in many different formulas. Cream and liquid highlighters are usually the easiest to apply and tend to look most natural, while you may prefer a powder formula if you have oily skin.
At the end of the day, the key to achieving glowing skin is to focus on skincare and not so much on makeup. Eating right, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly can help you get glowing skin as well as improve your overall health and give you long-term benefits.