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Trending: High-Gloss Skin

Trending: High-Gloss Skin

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We’ve seen slugging, we’ve seen glass skin, and now, it’s time for ultra-glossy, glazed skin. Otherwise known as ‘glazed doughnut’ skin, (shout-out to Hailey Bieber, the poster girl of the trend), it’s a tasty term used to describe a plump, dewy and ultra-hydrated finish. You know that glow you get after a really good workout? That’s exactly what this trend aims to achieve. The key? Lots of skincare and makeup applied in sheer layers to keep dimension. From Charlotte Tilbury and 111 Skin to Iconic London and Patrick Ta, these are the hottest products to help you achieve a dewy, youthful sheen.


As always, prep is key. The easiest (and most effective) way to instantly brighten your complexion is to remove dead, dull skin cells by exfoliating. Charlotte Tilbury’s Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial and Origins Ginzing Peel Off Mask helps to smooth out the texture of the skin while lifting dead cells. Time of the essence? Omorovicza’s Midnight Radiance Mask is infused with salicylic acid that works overnight to exfoliate the skin. Need to call in the big guns? Look no further than Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Brightening and anti-ageing, it’s a must-have for any bathroom cabinet.


Hydrate and layer – that’s the secret ingredient to achieving that glazed skin effect. Start with a moisturising sheet mask like 111 Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment to brighten and calm the skin while hydrating. Next, a serum is a must. Look for something like Shiseido’s Vital Perfection Liftdefine Radiance Serum that plumps the skin by locking in moisture and helps to diminish any dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Top tip? Apply your serum to damp skin to help it soak in. Then, lock it all in with a rich moisturiser. Omorovicza’s Illuminating Moisturiser, infused with ruby crystals, helps to blur the appearance of fine lines, while almond oil gives a dose of long-lasting hydration. To up the glow, apply a face oil, like Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil, to the high points of the face (cheekbones, cupid's bow, bridge of the nose) - a great way to deliver an instant, healthy sheen. If you have oily skin, you can always skip the oil and go straight to an illuminating primer like Iconic London’s Prep Set and Glow.


As glazed, glossy skin is all about layering, you want lightweight products that are easy to build. If you have dry skin, look to tinted moisturisers. We’re obsessed with Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector – a sheer hint of coverage that’s perfect for all skin types. Imperfections you want to hide? Go for a lightweight foundation - more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but still weightless enough to create a glazed finish. For extra shine, try mixing a couple of drops of liquid highlighter into your foundation. Top tip?  Apply your base with your hands. Your fingers will help to warm the highlighter and you can press it onto the skin rather than buffing it in.


Your base is in place, so now it’s time for the fun part. Liquid formulas are key to achieving that wet-look finish. You want to look gleaming rather than oily, so, apply your shine to targeted areas. Think high points of the face – bridge of the nose, brow bone, temples and cheekbones - and avoid anywhere around your nose or forehead. Start with Gucci Beauty’s Éclat De Beauté Effet Lumière Gel Face Gloss and then go in with a liquid highlighter like Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand or Iconic London’s Illuminator Drops. Again, use your fingers to lightly tap in the product. Top tip? Use any excess product over your eyelids for an extra bit of glow.


To lock all those layers in and add the last dewy touch, a face mist is a must. If you’re looking to add another dose of hydration, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hydrating Face Mist and Tom Ford Beauty’s Hyaluronic Energizing Mist give your skin a natural-looking glow while calming any irritation. For that high-shine, glazed doughnut look, finish off with Patrick Ta’s Major Glow Dewy Milk Mist or Farsali’s Rose Gold Mist. Top Tip? Spray onto the neck and chest to tie in your final look.