"Highlighting has always been a big beauty trend but skin glossing is a new take on it," says Adeola Gboyega
, UK education and artistry manager at Pat McGrath Labs
. But it's so much more than just adding highlighter here and there. "Glossing is all about creating an overall glowy complexion with products that make you look as if you've just had a facial," adds Adeola, and it all starts with skincare. "The REN Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic, £27
, is amazing as an exfoliator, which reveals smoother, brighter, more even-toned skin. Follow this with a hydrating moisturiser like Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £60
, which is packed with hyaluronic acid
to plump and hydrate."
Then, on to the makeup. Adeola suggests a lightweight foundation with a natural skin-like finish, such as Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection: Skin Fetish Foundation, £60
, and a concealer to boost coverage where needed.
To achieve the liquid-like finish, invest in a good highlighter. Adeola rates the Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo, £45
, which is a dual-ended highlighting stick with a translucent and pearlescent shade. "This comes in three shades for all skin tones and I use Bronze in particular," says Adeola. "It’s an amazing backstage secret weapon for model-esque glowy skin. The cream highlighter works to illuminate skin and the balm has a plumping effect. Used together, they give skin the most incredible sheen and glow." Using your fingertips, apply the product to areas where light hits naturally, such as the cheekbones, eyelids, brow bone and Cupid's bow.