6 Radiance-Boosting Tips for Glowing Makeup

If there’s one beauty look that suits everyone – no matter the occasion – it’s glowing skin. Think a luminous, lit-from-within, light-reflective complexion, inspired by the famous K-beauty glow. In the Korean beauty industry, they call it ‘chok chok’, which means moist, juicy and dewy. And, because that’s everything we want from our routine in 2020, we’re trying new ways to get a radiance boost. Want in? Keep scrolling for six glowing makeup hacks that will illuminate your skin…

1. Try Facial Massage

For glowing skin, the prep is just as important as the products you use and trying out facial massage will leave you looking more luminous in seconds. Adopt a simple technique that Max Factor Makeup Artist Caroline Barnes relies on for her clients, starting with a moisturiser pressed into just-cleansed skin using fingertips. Next, massage knuckles from the centre of the face outwards in short, sharp motions, then use palms of hands to repeatedly sweep up from the jawline to the tops of cheekbones. Finish by giving cheeks a ‘tap, tap, tap’ with tips of fingers. Two-minute glow-up, covered.

2. Merge Makeup and Skincare

Ingredients are key in K-beauty, and not just in the skincare you use. Look for makeup with beauty benefits to keep reaping glow-boosting goodness all day long. Top picks for glowing skin are hyaluronic acid (found in Miracle Touch Foundation), vitamin C (putting the ‘radiant’ in Radiant Lift Concealer), and cucumber (in Lasting Performance Setting Spray). These makeup must-haves work over-time to keep your complexion dreamy and dewy.

3. Work with Liquids and Creams

Liquid and cream makeup formulas are a must for glowing skin, starting with your primer and ticking every base box through to a flush of cream blusher. You can add a little face powder at the end if you’re worried you’re looking more shiny than dewy, but always use a small, fluffy brush to apply and make sure it’s the very last step in your beauty routine.

4. Upgrade Your Beauty Tools

Whether you smooth foundation on with a stippling brush or blending sponge, there’s one quick trick that will instantly make your base appear extra dewy. Simply wet your chosen makeup tool under the tap before dipping into foundation, then blot and blend over skin for next-level, K-beauty-worthy radiance.

5. Give Foundation a Glow-Up

Become a makeup mixologist by boosting your base with a drop of Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter; a liquid illuminator that transforms complexions from drab to fab in seconds. Use the back of your hand as a palette and squeeze a pump of liquid foundation next to a dot of the highlighter, before blending the two formulas together with a brush. When you glide this gleaming dream team over skin, you’ll be glowing like never before. Want a subtler finish? Add the highlighter to your makeup primer or moisturiser instead, so you get a candlelit effect beneath your foundation.

6. Take Highlighter Higher

When applying highlighter to the tops of cheekbones – a failsafe tip for soft sculpting – a targeted wand, like Miracle Sculpting Wand Highlight, will make it ultra-easy. On its own, this light-reflective liquid will ensure dull skin is a thing of the past but applying it over the Miracle Sculpting Wand Contour will take your highlight even higher. Though it’s designed for contouring, it doubles up as a liquid bronzer that adds a dose of warmth to glowing skin, helping you cheat a ‘two weeks in the tropics’ tan.

Looking for more makeup inspiration? Read our guide on how to contour and highlight, showing you exactly where you should be sculpting, shading and strobing.