How To Glow Even When It Gets Dark Early

Photographed by Ben Ritter.
In the beauty world, fall is notorious for vampy lip colors, bold brows, and matte skin. To be honest, we’re not quite sure what it is about autumn that makes everyone want to ditch dewy bases for velvety, shine-free finishes. Perhaps, it’s the crisp air — or maybe, it’s the itch to add more eyeliner to our routines.
But, there are days when we can’t help but daydream about the subtly shiny skin we rocked all summer. Sure, some days it was probably more sweaty than glowy, but that’s what blotting papers are for, right? For now, we’re focused on getting our glow back — because we're not always feeling a matte mug. And, now that Daylight Savings Time is upon us, we're even more interested in figuring out how to maintain that bathed-in-light look — in memory of days when it didn't get dark at 5 p.m.
To help us achieve the luminous, lit-from-within skin we desire, we turned to dermatologist Jessica Weiser, MD, and CK One Color Global Makeup Artist Kayleen McAdams to give us the lowdown on how to get our glowiest skin ever in five simple steps. Ahead, follow their tips for a radiant complexion, and be sure to let us know which finish you prefer for fall.
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Gently Exfoliate
A glowing visage starts with exfoliation. “Gently removing dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores and uneven texture is crucial to allow light to evenly reflect and radiate off of the skin’s surface,” says Dr. Weiser. To increase cell turnover, she suggests using exfoliating pads with lactic acid in gentle, circular motions all over the face. (Stick to two or three times a week to avoid irritation.) For a 10-minute, once-a-week fix, she recommends an exfoliating mask, like the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal. But, if you have sensitive skin, stick to the pads to be safe.
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Slather On Some Face Oil
Contrary to popular belief, face oil won't make you look greasy — as long as you use a small amount. Dr. Weiser says that a few drops, layered under moisturizer, could make a big difference in your skin’s look. “Oils act as potent antioxidants to reverse signs of aging, diminish inflammation, prevent water loss and plump skin cells more effectively, and allow for better absorption of nutrients,” she says.
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Prep The Skin With A Mattifier & Moisturizer
Our main goal is to look glowy, not greasy, which means we want to keep our T-zones free of shine. To prep skin for makeup, McAdams likes to use both a mattifier and a moisturizer — on different parts of the face. “I use a moisturizer with a super fine shimmer on the high points of the face. Then, I use a mattifier along the forehead and around the corners of the nose,” she says.
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Add A Dusting Of Powder
Powder is often used to mattify. But, if applied right, it will enhance your glow instead of hiding it. “I use a very light, loose powder to bring down any extra shine on the forehead and around the nose,” says McAdams. “By only applying it to a few areas of the face, a healthy glow will shine through and not look greasy.” This option is lightweight and finely milled, so your skin won't appear cake-y — just flawless.
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Go For Illuminating Makeup
The final step to achieving candlelit skin is applying foundation (or whichever base you prefer) and using a luminizing product. “After applying a good foundation with a Beautyblender sponge, I like to add highlighter to emphasize the high points of the face, such as cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and the cupid's bow,” says McAdams. “This will allow good coverage, and the high points will catch the light and look beautiful.”
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