GO FOR GLOSSY FINISHES
If glowy is the goal, skincare products with glossy finishes are the way to get there. Start by cleansing your skin thoroughly to reveal as much natural radiance as possible, then dial up the luminosity by layering a few oils and serums able to impart glow and revive the face. Seal the deal with a glossy clear balm applied to lips, lids and cheekbones and a spritz of energising mist.
Vitamin C + Facial Oil, $19.95 from Alkira.
Bybi Beauty Mega Mist Facial Mist, $42 from Sephora.
Golden Dry Skin Miracle Salve, $19.95 from Lanolips.
LIFT WHAT CAN BE LIFTED
A little lift is always welcome, but we're not talking about Botox or bronzer. Tired eyes and haphazard brows will only drag your face down, so see to them first. Curl lashes to lift the eyes and enhance definition without the use of mascara, then brush through brows with a clean spoolie to frame the face and leave you looking more awake.
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler, $34 from MECCA.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush 12 – Dual-Ended Firm Angled Brush, $33 from MECCA.
STRIP BACK YOUR SKINCARE
A problematic or reactive complexion can often stand in the way of your ability to feel confident sans makeup, so an effective skincare routine is a must. If your skin is struggling due to added stress or overuse of actives, try stripping your routine back to the essential steps: exfoliation, hydration and protection. In other words, a daily cleanser, a gentle chemical peel applied once weekly, a solid moisturiser and a good SPF. When it comes to dealing with any pesky pimples? We'd suggest the gentle and protective acne absorbing patch route.
Morphe Bubbly Fresh Gel-to-foam Cleanser $23.00, launches in-stores on December 29.
Youth To The People Kombucha + 11% Aha Exfoliation Power Toner, $59 from Sephora.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturiser, $80 from MECCA.
Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Serum, $41 from Sephora.
Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers Assorted 36 Pack, $10 from Priceline.
KEEP UP CONSISTENCY
Consistency will work in your favour in the nutrition realm as well as the skincare one. As much as it's comforting, increased intake of overly sugary, salty or processed foods can start to show on your face after a few days. By feeding your body (and subsequently your face) with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy, you will be positioning your skin to later reap the rewards.
Skin-enhancing supplements are also a fun optional extra you could experiment with. That said, we reckon nailing down your water intake and eating your veggies is step number one.
Glow Inner Beauty Essential Powder, $65 from The Beauty Chef.
LEAN ON LUMINOSITY-BOOSTERS
It's no secret that a bit of colour does wonders for a complexion, able to counteract dullness and replace it with radiance. Try mixing tanning drops with your evening moisturiser in order to wake up with a fuss-free luminous glow. We recommend selecting a tanning solution with soothing benefits as well, so you can boost and build the colour without interrupting the calm.
Amalfi Glow Drops, $59 from ORRO & Co.
EMBRACE MASSAGE TOOLS & TECHNIQUES
If puffy skin is working against your natural beauty, try adding a few clever massage tools and techniques into your regimen. Facial acupressure, crystal rolling and gua sha massages can work wonders if you need some speedy depuffing to hide that late-night Netflix marathon.
Lanshin Intro Gua Sha tool, $35 from Lanshin.