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Pearlescent Skin: The Best Glow You’ll Ever Get

January 1 | 3 minute watch


Words by Genevieve Phelan

Originally published on | April 18

Everything bright and shining is big on the beauty trend radar right now, especially when executed with precision.

And it’s no wonder why, with this incandescent aesthetic catching the light – and your angles – in all the best places.

We’ve created a makeup look that will give you an otherworldly glow, summoning the gilded greats from our trove of beauty treasures. If you’re in pursuit of lit-from-within, effortlessly illuminated skin, let this be your sign… hit play!

Prime before you pearl-ify

1. Prepping the skin is essential for an on-point glow. First, embrace a moment of masking with the 111SKIN Rose Gold Facial Treatment Mask then peel it off to reveal a camera-ready glow.

2. Enlist Chantecaille’s Sheer Glow Rose Face Tint for an all-over blurring, priming effect. Smooth this peptide-infused cream onto the skin with hands, focusing on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid's bow.

Brighten and bronze

3. Nobody does tools-free tinting better than Westman Atelier. Reach for their Liquid Super Loaded Tint in ‘Peau de Soleil’ and smooth over the cheekbones to create the illusion of holiday skin.

4. Take the magical beauty wand that is Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat Radiant Highlighter and apply it everywhere you’d usually place concealer; blend under your eyes, on the tip of your nose, chin and centre of the forehead with a ‘less is more’ approach. It’s a touch of coverage, with bonus lustre.

5. With the Rose Inc Number 6 Highlighter Brush, dab a small (but effective) amount of Rose Inc Solar Infusion Soft-Focus Cream Bronzer below the cheekbones. This will reload warmth and add dimension to your complexion.

6. Apply a barely-there setting powder with a fluffy complexion brush to lock in the previous steps. Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier Powder will help you avoid unwanted oiliness.

Make it pop

7. Apply a tiny amount of the M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream to the highest points of your face (cheekbones, tip of nose) as a radiance-igniting base for the MECCA MAX Off Duty Glow Stick. The latter will grip onto that sticky cream, creating the illusion of solar-beam-esque light.

8. We’re gliding the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in No.15 Ombre Mercure across the eyelids, concentrating on the lash line and buffing out with your fingers onto the mobile lid. This will widen, brighten, and give good sparkle!

9. Seal it all with a shimmering swipe of Summer Fridays’ Lip Butter Balm in ‘Vanilla Beige’ – a one-and-done gloss to add maximum hydration and enduring shine. Okay, you’re aglow!

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