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Glow game strong
Date: 17 january 2018

In the new year, vital, luminescent skin is all you need. This look is a skincare and makeup hybrid, bringing together the best of both worlds - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

No one quite knows what mental rewiring goes on in our cerebral cortex when the calendar flips over from December 31st and into January 1st, but we all universally agree to shed the hedonistic habits of the past month and start the year on a cleaner note.

Strangely, it’s not just our eating routines we revamp in the new year, but also our beauty regimens. We’re focusing on skincare over makeup, and skipping over deep, impact-making shades for fresh, glowing skin that radiates energy and vitality.

There’s no better inspiration for this dewbomb aesthetic than makeup artist Nam Vo’s work. A hyper-highlighted yet dewy complexion is her signature look, and she uses a combination of skincare and makeup products to achieve it. Her Instagram feed has become our January moodboard. Here’s how we’re channelling Vo and raising our glow game.

No one quite knows what mental rewiring goes on in our cerebral cortex when the calendar flips over from December 31st and into January 1st, but we all universally agree to shed the hedonistic habits of the past month and start the year on a cleaner note.

Strangely, it’s not just our eating routines we revamp in the new year, but also our beauty regimens. We’re focusing on skincare over makeup, and skipping over deep, impact-making shades for fresh, glowing skin that radiates energy and vitality.

There’s no better inspiration for this dewbomb aesthetic than makeup artist Nam Vo’s work. A hyper-highlighted yet dewy complexion is her signature look, and she uses a combination of skincare and makeup products to achieve it. Her Instagram feed has become our January moodboard. Here’s how we’re channelling Vo and raising our glow game.

1.

Start with a cleansed and exfoliated face. The first step is to really ensure that you’ve pushed as much hydration as possible into the skin. We set the foundation by masking with a hydrating formula like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask or Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, applied to a damp face.

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After mask removal comes even more moisture prepping. Liberally spritz on Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water or Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief, before loading upon a gel moisturizer like Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. Because the glycerin in this will draw and hold water in the skin, it’s important to apply it to damp skin.

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Lock all that in with a creamier moisturizer. We love the difference a few pumps of Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm or M.A.C Strobe Cream can make, thanks to their pearlescent glow.

4.

The next step is to lightly even out the complexion. The key here is to use only as much BB cream, foundation or concealer as you need. Diffused redness and mild pigmentation can all be countered with a BB such as Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream or M.A.C Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm. If your skin needs more coverage, try a base like Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick or Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. Stick and cream foundations tend to be dewier; try and avoid matte or long-wear formulas. Tap on concealer under the eyes (Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit) or on blemishes (Smashbox Studio Skin Concealer) as needed.

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Next is the fun part: Sweep a liquid or cream highlighter like Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand or Bobbi Brown Follow The Sun Glow Stick. It goes over the temples, on the brow bone, in the inner corner of the eye, on the eyelids, on the top of the cheekbone and on the Cupid’s bow. Tap them in and follow with an irridiscent powder highlighter like M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish Powder.

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To finish, keeps lips natural, with a swipe of gloss. Enhance lashes with black or brown mascara (we love Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara) and subtly define the brows with Estée Lauder The Brow Multi Tasker. Keep the mascara and brows subtle and let your glowy skin shine bright.

glow game strong
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.

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