Achieving a Glowing Base - Skincare & Makeup

Glowing skin is my go to look, and if you're a regular reader you'll probably know that by now. I've recently updated a few things in my stash that really help me achieve natural looking, glowing skin. So here they are.


Prepping your skin and skincare is the key to any makeup look. For me I always go for hydrating products because my skin is dehydrated. It's important to tail your skincare to your skin type. There are a few AHA products here and I don't use them all together. I usually one or the other.

Pixi Peel & Polish* | £26 | REVIEW

This is a scrub packed with fruit acids and enzymes to lift away dead skin cells and give skin a deep cleanse. This is really scrubby and can feel quite scratchy on the skin but I don't mind that. I imagine those with very sensitive skin probably would though. But this leaves my skin so smooth and definitely helps it glow! Because this is so abrasive I like to use 1-2 times a week. I think oily skin types would love this too.

The Ordinary Peeling Solution | £6.30 | REVIEW

The best acid treatment I've ever tried. It contains a concentration of AHA and BHAs to chemically lift away dead skin cells to reveal younger, fresher, brighter skin. With continued use this can also help reduce the signs of ageing, fine lines and pigmentation. The instant effects of this is incredible. After being left on for 10 mins my skin is soft, smooth and glowing. This is the ultimate glow enhancer.

Teoxane Radiant Night Peel* | £40

Another AHA product that's guaranteed to leave your skin with a fresh healthy glow is this overnight treatment. It's a light cream that's applied before all my night skincare products. It contains 15% Glycolic acid so the results are pretty immediate. In the morning my skin looks more refined and smooth. The directs say to use it for 15 days but I like to use it every 2-3 days or when my skin needs a little boost.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors | £4.90

For me getting a good glow definitely involves a lot of moisture. One of my favourite moisturisers at the moment is this one from the Ordinary. It's packed full of hydrating ingredients that are naturally found in the skin. The cream itself has a strange bitty texture but it massages in fine, leaving my skin soft and hydrated all day. It works well at night and under makeup during the day. Plus it's super cheap.


Mac Prep and Prime Essential Oil | £21.50

I love this as a primer. I know an oil as a primer sounds scary, but foundation literally glides over the top of it and blends so seamlessly. I have dehydrated skin so it's super hydrating too. It leaves my base with a really nice glow and takes the cakey-ness out of any foundation. I only use 2-3 drops though it could look oily very quickly!

Keh Gen Do Aqua Foundation* | £36 | REVIEW

This foundation has really grown on me! It looks so natural on. It blends in seamlessly and really meshes with skin giving it a  'your skin but better' look. The finish is satin but it still has a kind of glow about it, but not in a dewy way. It's difficult to describe but it really does look flawless. The coverage is medium but build-able. I think most skin types would really love this.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | £28 | REVIEW

For concealer I have been reaching for this. Although this isn't the most dewy foundation I own it covers everything! In a lightweight, non drying, non cakey formula. It lasts all day! I have the shade light-medium which is a shade lighter than my foundation so perfect for highlighting under the eyes and the centre of the face.

Beauty Pie Radiance Drops | £3.69 | REVIEW

I am obsessed with these! These are seriously pigmented drops that give a real dewy effect to the skin. These do give a strong highlight but it still looks really natural. They only come in One shade which is a versatile Champagne colour. They can also be mixed with foundation for a super radiant look.

Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Spray | £9

My skin has been so so dry recently so I've been skipping powder and using this instead. This is such a good setting spray. It has a super fine mist, the finest I've ever tried, I can't even really feel the spray hitting my face. It gives a subtle glow to foundations too. I really think this helps my makeup stay on for longer. Like I said I haven't been reaching for powder and my makeup has lasted just the same. I will, for sure, be picking up the full size.

So that's how I've been achieving a glow-y base recently.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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