Now before we even get down to the subject of summer glow, let’s get something straight: I’m talking about glow: a gentle inner luminosity, a radiant, summery look of health and wellbeing. What I’m not trying to achieve here is any more shine than I’m already saddled with (which is quite a lot, especially on my forehead). More of this later, but it’s at this time of year when we all want to be moving away from the matte textures and chalky finishes of winter. We all want to look healthy and sunkissed, and there are loads of products out there that will help you achieve this lovely look. Here are some of my recent discoveries for achieving a lovely summer glow.
Prime away the shine
One of the things I’ve discovered is that combatting shine is more about prevention than cure. If, like me, you have weirdly combination skin which feels dry in places but is prone to shininess around the chin and forehead, I’ve noticed that a good toner really helps. I’m currently obsessed with Pixi Glow Tonic (£10), which contains 5% glycolic acid to smooth and brighten the skin. Another really good (and delicious smelling) one is Superdrug’s Optimum Birch Water Micellar Tonic (bargainous £4.99) which is alcohol free and very hydrating, but anything that’s going to swipe away any residue of cleanser, freshen and balance your skin is a winning skincare step.
I’ve also noticed that a good primer really makes a difference, even if that primer has something like ‘radiance’ on the label (my go to is Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 02 Champagne) a description that I’d once have run a mile from, but sometimes rather than do everything I can to mattify your skin (mine seems to think I’m tricking it and just produces more oil), it seems to be responding to hydrating and priming too.
Anyhoo, enough about my greasy forehead, let’s move on to lovely, healthy summer glow.
Tanya Burr Cosmetics
I’m a sucker for a cute make-up range and if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m completely obsessed with Tanya Burr (if you don’t follow her on YouTube, you must correct this immediately). Her make-up tutorials feel really ‘me’, and I love her videos. Last week, she mentioned the Tanya Burr Body Illuminator, and how useful it is for giving a bit of colour to pasty legs, so I thought I’d give it a go. Tanya’s team very kindly sent me a few products, and I’m super impressed at their glow-giving qualities. Tanya obviously knows her skincare stuff and these products feel much more expensive than their price would suggest. The textures and scents are great.
First up, the Body Illuminator (£4.49) is really creamy and easy to apply and really does give a gorgeous, hydrated glow. I used it on my legs, but can also imagine it would be lovely swept across your arms and shoulders if you’re wearing a Bardot neckline or cami. It smells amazing too: gentle vanilla without being sweet and sickly. I’m definitely taking this away with me next week.
The Face Illuminator (£7.49) is fab too. I’ve been mixing a small pump of it (I went mad the first time and was waaaay to glowy by lunchtime) with my favourite tinted moisturiser when I can’t be bothered doing a full face of make up. It gives a lovely glow, not at all shimmery or sparkly, but just enough to make you look healthy.
Also in the collection are three creamy stick Cheek Illuminators. I don’t generally use a separate highlighter and blusher, so these are extra handy as two of them add a touch of colour as well as a bit of shimmer: there’s a rosy colour called Holiday Happiness, a gorgeous bronze called Golden Girl (slightly orange toned), plus the paler highlighting shade called Forever Summer. Day to day, the rose colour is amazing, giving a soft colour which is really easy to blend, but I’m going to be taking the bronzey shade away with me to give myself an extra holiday glow.
LuMee Phone Cases
Of course, there are other ways to get a perfect glow, and my current obsession is this fab LuMee Two phone case. Have you seen them? They have a button on the back and when you press it, your phone turns into a teeny version of one of those dressing tables with the lights all around the mirror, illuminating your face, and taking the best selfies ever. The boys think it’s hilarious as I also use the light for reading menus in restaurants, and finding things I’ve dropped in the cinema. It’s also nice and chunky (it does make the iPhone 7 a bit heavy, but I don’t mind that as I feel it’s well protected) The LuMee isn’t exactly cheap at £50 but I do think it’s well worth the money – I barely ever recharge it. If you want to try one of these, though, and don’t want to splash out the full £50, the Casu is a great alternative at just £19.99. Although it doesn’t feel quite as substantial, with the Casu, the button is located lower on the phone, and I find that a bit better as it’s harder to press it accidentally, and it still has the variable brightness option available on the LuMee. Fab fun, flattering, and a real talking point (and, y’know, it’s important to read the back of a wine bottle in a dark restaurant, right?).
The Tanya Burr cosmetics collection is available online at Feel Unique and Superdrug and in store too. There are also two very lovely new eye palettes called Neutral Ambience: my escape, which is mostly khaki shades, and my paradise featuring rosy gold colours. Both are perfect for summer. Itching to get my hands on the rose gold one! Happy shopping x