Glowy skin is something that so many make up and skincare brands promise, but depending on your skin type it can be hard to achieve. How many times have you dropped a huge amount of money on a new “must have” product that promises to have you glowing, looking younger and fresher and pretty much living your best life? Well I know I fall for this many a time. As someone in their forties and with a mature, dehydrated skin type, getting that youthful glow can sometimes be difficult.
Below are a selection of make up products that I am absolutely loving right now, they are high end, luxurious, decedent products that I believe absolutely deliver what they say they will do and have me looking and feeling my glowy best in no time at all. Suitable for all ages, not just anyone in their forties, if you have looked at these products and wondered are they worth the money, then check out my thoughts below.
There are a lot of products listed, I mean it takes a lot of work to look this good……. and i am no way suggesting you rush out and buy them all, but I am sure that by adding one, maybe two of these items to your make up collection, will really make a difference.
I actually hate how much I love this product because it is sooooo expensive but it is so bloody good! This is actually the only product I have used from Tata Harper and if this is anything to go by, I know I am well and truly hooked. This is a beautifully hydrating and illuminating moisturiser which creates an amazingly ethereal look to the skin and creates a perfect canvas for glowy make up. Containing actual diamond dust, it adds a blurring look to the skin, giving it a flawless, almost filtered look as it blurs away fine lines and imperfections.
Hyaluronic acid and powerful plant extracts, seed oils and butters deeply hydrate, nourish and plump the skin. Whilst I would love to use this as my summer moisturiser EVERY, SINGLE, DAY, I just cannot afford to, but on the days when I want to look super healthy, this is the make up base/primer that I use. It also works wonderfully well as a highlight, applied to the high points of the skin after make up application. Obsessed.
Seriously, seriously, seriously, you need this foundation in your life!! I cannot believe I only started using this foundation in May and I am such a foundation addict as it’s one of my favourite make up products. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen me raving about this foundation many times on my Insta-Stories. I love a foundation that can cover my flaws and pigmentation, yet not look thick or cakey, give me a glow, be hydrating and last all day. Too much to ask for? Not with this foundation! I am currently wearing Warm Nude ( it comes in about 30 shades which is great) and it is the perfect shade for me right now. I am truly having a love affair with this foundation and want to tell anyone looking for naturally radiant skin, to try this out. Containing Coconut Water to restore moisture, brightening Alpine Rose and Hyaluronic Acid, you can see how this oil free formula continues with the theme I am going for. Super hydrating, super comfortable to wear and with a flawless medium to full coverage, I think this has to be my foundation recommendation of the year. If you buy one product from this post, make it this.
If like me you adore contouring your face, but love cream products as you have a mature/dehydrated/dry skin tone, then hallelujah for High Definition Sculpt Stick. This product is absolutely brilliant at sculpting out the skin and laying down a beautiful, non ashy, non grey colour which feels super creamy on the skin, blends like a dream and just adds that perfect contour without muting the glow. I have the warm shade due to my yellow undertones and find this perfect for my cheekbone contour, my jawline and down my nose. It is long lasting, hydrating and super quick and easy to use plus the packing is super high end luxury. I only “draw” this lightly on my contours, as it is very pigmented and gently blend up and outwards to create a natural look.
Shimmering bronzers are something I don’t reach for that often anymore, as I have to becareful they don’t highlight my lines, but when I do it is always in Summer, to just lift and light the complexion. This one by Savannah Miller x Bagsy has been a firm favourite since I first featured it over a year ago. It is a multi-tonal shimmer powder that has pearlescent pigments which give the skin a beautiful radiance and lift. I gently sweep this on all the places of my face and décolleté where the sun would naturally hit, so my forehead, nose, cheeks. It is a very fine powder that gently warms the skin whilst keeping oil at bay, but allowing radiance.
By Terry is a brand that I absolutely adore and I will have a “brand focus” feature coming soon so watch this space. It is a very high end brand and although the products are quite pricy, they give amazing results and also feature quite a lot in Space NK sales so deffo look out for those. The Flash Light Elixir is a small but mighty tube of gloriousness, that makes me smile.
It is a super glowy, highly pigmented, multi reflector that adds a beautiful pink tone of highlight to the high points of the face. Literally one drop of this precious elixir will do both cheekbones, so tread carefully with this. I dab it over my cheek bones and tap it in and then I love to go over it with a powder highlight to lock it in place.
Quite a new release from Hourglass I was super excited to try this product and so far I am loving it. This beautiful little product acts like a touch of magic when your skin needs refreshing. For me, I love to use it under my eyes in the summer, almost as a concealer, as it adds luminosity, hydration and a sheer coverage without any caking that some under eye concealers do.
Much more than this though, it can be used at anytime of the day to refresh and revive your make up, almost like a splash of water would hydrate. Bursting with Hyaluronic acid, Plant Water extracts and Grapefruit extracts, it is your own secret weapon for all day fresh skin. I wear shade Natural
One of my absolute favourite highlighters ever is this one by Too Faced. I always, always get comments when I am wearing it, and I have had it for almost a year and it never seems to disappear. Using an Italian cream to powder formulation this highlighter literally works on every skin tone.
You can apply it lightly for a healthy glow or apply wet by adding it to your brush then spraying with a setting spray, or apply it over a cream highlight to really intensify the look. Housed in a gorgeous rose gold heart shaped compact with a mirror inside, it perfectly matches the gloriously decedent and luxuriously pretty shade inside. If you want a summer glow, this is a must have. I love it on the cheekbones, tip of the nose and cupids bow and also shoulders and collar bones. My must have highlighter.
As a self confessed setting powder hater, due to having dehydrated skin, there was only one powder in my make up collection that I have used and loved for years. Then I discovered the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, which has taken me to another level of love. Throw away every negative thought you have ever had about setting powders and consider using this. A fusion of science, beauty and luxury, Hourglass love to come up with innovative products which contain potent ingredients and ground breaking formulas. I bought this after reading all the hype about this product and I can confirm it has lived up to it and some. The only place I personally use a powder is to set my under eye area, and if I have been a little heavy handed with my highlight and want to diffuse the glow a little. However, due to the complete weightlessness of this ultrafine product I am happy applying all over my face to set my cream products and blur any imperfections. From the moment you hold this product in your hand, you are greeted with luxury, the packaging and the design of the container is gorgeous. The gold sifter inside means you do not loose any of the precious powder and can tap the right amount out into the cap. Talc free and full of diamond powder (see the theme here) it gives the most refined light refraction which photographs absolutely beautifully without any flashback. If you want your make up to stay in place all day and look completely flawless, you need this product. If you are regularly photographed or have a special occasion coming up, try this product. I now cannot be without this in my life.
I adore this glowy, hydrated, healthy look. In the flesh the make up looks more like skincare, in that my skin looks clear, flawless, fresh and very natural. Whenever I follow this regime of make up I receive so many compliments and I did so on social media when I posted this look. It is my current go to fresh, flawless Summer face. All of the products used have a firm home in my make up collection and although some are expensive, I love the look they give and the feeling of joy I get when using them. To see which products I am wearing on my eyes and lips to compliment this fresh, glowing Summer look head to my post HERE.
What are your thoughts on High End, Luxurious make up products? Are they something you look to as an investment in your make up wardrobe? What do you think of the look I have created on my 43 year old skin? I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment below.
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