Genius Tips for Glowing Skin
Ask any beauty pro and they’ll tell you: You won’t find the secret to glowy skin in the pan of a highlighter palette. That’s not to say there aren’t products that melt into your skin to fake that dewy, lit-from-within look. (If you’ve ever tried Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish line, you know her highlighter duo is the next best thing to being born a Hadid.) Rather, getting skin that permanently looks like you’re fresh off vacation—which is to say, healthy, radiant, and clear—is a combination of product, practice, and patience. The good news is that if you’re short on the latter, there are still plenty of quick-fix solutions.
Ahead, we asked a mix of makeup artists, aestheticians, dermatologists, and our team of beauty editors for their all-time best glowy skin tips that actually give results—both long-term and short; for your face and your body—no matter your level of dedication or skill.
1. A quick face massage goes a long way.
“Using your fingertips, massage a serum [try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum] or oil into your face before applying makeup. The stimulation can help get the blood moving to wake up your whole complexion.” —Molly R. Stern, makeup artist to Cara Delevingne
2. Try a microcurrent treatment.
“When my complexion looks dull after a long flight or late night, I use the ZIIP device, which delivers electric currents into your skin. Twelve minutes leaves my face luminous and much firmer.” —April Long, beauty editor
3. Bend over.
“Hanging my head upside down for three minutes a day is my long-term strategy for getting that lit-from-within glow.” —Renee Rouleau, Austin-based aesthetician
4. Upgrade your usual face mask.
“The Själ Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask [$150, sjalskincare.com] is unreal! It’s my jet lag antidote, or for when I want my skin to look as if I’ve had a facial when I haven’t.” —Rachel Goodwin, makeup artist to Emma Stone
5. Give your foundation a boost.
Mix a few drops of luminizer [try L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops] with your moisturizer or foundation, then apply the mixture with a damp sponge. It will create an even, sheer layer of sheen that looks more natural than a highlighter.” —Gita Bass, makeup artist to Elizabeth Olsen
6. Master this backstage technique.
“My Skin Fetish highlighter stick works amazingly as a body shimmer. The trick is to hunch your shoulders forward so your collarbones pop out; that’s where you want it. Add powder on top for even more glow. It photographs beautifully!” —Pat McGrath, makeup artist
7. Use toner before serum or moisturizer.
“Think of it as a glass of water for your skin. Serums and creams can penetrate deeper if your skin is hydrated.” —Nachi Click, owner of Mist Beauty
8. Strengthen your skin barrier.
“Protecting the outermost layer of your skin is key. To do that, use an overnight multitasking treatment like Thank You Farmer Back to Relax Soothing Gel Mask.” —Charlotte Cho, cofounder of Soko Glam
9. Add vitamin C to your routine.
“Apply five drops of vitamin C serum [like Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum] underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone.” —Natalie Smyth, blogger at Road to Glow
10. Switch to a chemical exfoliator.
“Exfoliate at night with a glycolic acid peel like Cane + Austin Retexture Pad 10% Glycolic Facial Treatment. It leaves your skin instantly smoother and brighter!” —Shereene Idriss, M.D., dermatologist in NYC
“When my face looks blah, I’ll do sheet masks like St. Ives Glowing Apricot Sheet Maskfor seven days straight. It has a compounding effect of hydrating and smoothing that delivers crazy glow by week’s end.” —Maureen Choi, beauty editor