How To Glow
Just because summer is fading into fall, you don’t have to say goodbye to gorgeous glowing skin. While your lightweight tinted moisturizer and bronzer settle in for a long winter’s nap (we know you’ll replace them for next year!), you can face FALL with a polished, luminous complexion that is silky smooth and matte, but definitely not flat. A great skincare regimen and the right makeup will up the glow-wattage for a flawless FALL face that glimmers with the season’s deeper, richer tones.
Good morning sunshine
Between all the sun and fun, your face takes a beating in the summer. Getting a gorgeous glowing FALL complexion starts with the smoothest possible skin, so go with the dream team: exfoliant and toner. First, exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that summer leaves behind for a smoother, fresh-faced look. Thanks to the brilliance of over-the-counter beauty companies, a bevy of cleansing-exfoliants are out there. Look for a combo of natural apricot seeds (so gentle yet effective) and salicylic acid to shrink the appearance of pores such as L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub. Next, sweep on a toner, like L’Oreal Paris HydraFresh Toner, with beta hydroxy acid and Pro-Vitamin B5 to balance moisture, especially during the change of seasons.
As the days get chillier, moisturizer is a girl’s best friend for brilliant, illuminated skin. Moisturizing boosts your skin’s natural cell regeneration process, which is one of the keys to getting your glow on. It’s even more critical as you age (note we said YOU; we don’t plan on aging a DAY because L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot SPF 30 Cream is our go-to – it’s like a day spa in a jar!). With the onset of cooler weather your skin produces less oil, so your moisturizer should be richer and thicker for fall vs. summer. Typically jar-products are heavier while pumps and tubes have lighter consistency. Choose a product based on your skin type, normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or combination, and keep up the SPF.
Primed to Perfection
We’ve all caught a glimpse of that girl who manages to work the flawless-natural look through fall. We sleuthed her out and found her secret weapon: a post-moisturizer, pre-foundation primer that works as an instant skin smoother for ultimate light reflection. Layered on your clean, moisturized face, you haven’t seen smooth until you’ve tried one. Primers, like L’Oréal Paris Miracle Blur, instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores so you can wear it alone or with foundation. Fun fact: fine artists use primer (the art version) to create the ideal, smooth canvas before painting. You get the picture: with primer, you are masterpiece material.
True, we’ve been obsessed with the barely there look and feel of BB creams all year. But for fall we have a new stalkee: L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 18. It seriously transforms from a liquid to a soft, powdery finish that provides amazing coverage, but feels (and looks) like you’re wearing nothing. What’s cooler than going nude in the fall? Going with this Nude Liquid Powder! You can layer an illuminating correcting serum under it for an extra-oomph-glow that goes on forever.
Light Up the Night
With everyone back from vacation, fall nightlife has (finally) picked up! You can take your polished FALL face up a notch with strategic use of shimmering, glimmering highlighting blush and highlighting wands applied to your cheek bones, brow bones (even your décolletage!). Intensify your eyes with a bit of highlighter applied on the inner and outer corners, and get a little fancy with fall colors; L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Eye Shadow collection has the right amount of racy in our book. Super sexy with lots of drama, the night is a-glow with you.
Get it Right at Night
A truly gorgeous glow comes from advanced treatment products that do the heavy lifting in terms of your skin’s over-all health. And nighttime is the right time to let them work their magic. After you’ve removed all your makeup and washed your face with an anti-aging formula (we love a cleanser that does double duty to remove dirt, makeup, and oil and revitalize at the same time!) it’s time to layer on the luxury. Try a triple powered serum that works to repair summer sun-damage, wrinkles, replenish facial volume, and resurface skin texture. Next, layer on an anti-aging, contouring, eye treatment for extra lift and luminosity. Finish with a deep activating moisturizer and you’ll slide right into bed for a night of unmatched beauty sleep. Yaaaawwwn.
Fall is always a fresh start, so think about how you can boost your inner glow. Commit to making ‘me time’ for exercising, relaxing, even napping. If you can’t get in a workout, try meditation (if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us). Feeling good and mental well-being are so much a part of looking good, (okay, products help!). You’ll be glowing in no time.