Summer Glow

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beauty | top picks


June 2018

With the summer season kicking in, the one thing we’re looking for is that lush summer glow. Bronzed contours, highlighted cheekbones and a glowy skinGoodbye pale skin and hello summer goddess! Here’s some of the top picks for the summer season to get your glow on this summer.

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Charlotte Tilbury

When it comes to bronzed goddess looks, you can count on Charlotte Tilbury to bring you the best products to achieve that look. From bronzers to highlighters and glowing foundations – the collection is broad and includes some of the prettiest shades. The Hollywood Flawless filter needs no introduction. This highlighter or foundation enhancer is a favourite among beauty gurus at the moment and is featured often in summer beauty tutorials (and is also a favourite with make up artists in Hollywood mind you). Apply the magic liquid on your cheekbones to create a chic glow on the cheeks. Or mix it into your foundation to create a radiant glow on your skin. The fine particles in the product gives off a dewy glow and gives your skin the perfect filter for a flawless summer look!

Another beauty musthave from Charlotte Tilbury is the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette. This palette features a bronzer and highlighter and will make contouring the easiest job in the world. Both shades are made to enhance the glow on your skin, making this a go-to palette for contouring all year round. Apply the bronzer with a small tapered brush in the hollows of your cheek and apply the highlighter on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone and the center of your nose.

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Of course when it comes to body bronzers, Dior takes the cake. The Dior Bronzer has been a favourite among beauty lovers for years on end. This self-tanning bronzer enhances your natural skin tone and recreates a glowy summer tan. The pearly particles in the product add a luminous shine on the skin as well. Even if it’s a light bronzer, don’t over do the tanning effect by applying too much. We want a summer glow – not a burn!

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This year, Lancôme is stepping up their bronzing and highlighting game with a new range of products that you’ll want to add to your beauty stash. It may be a thing for 2018, but mixing in drops has become a new trend with beauty brands! Lancôme launched their custom drops earlier in the year and the drops come in bronzer, highlighter and blush. You can apply the drops on a stand alone basis or you can mix it into your foundation to create an overall seamless glow and natural beauty look. Our favourite is the champagne glow – this pretty highlighter adds just the right shine to your cheekbones and will look great on any skin tone. Another new product in their collection is the Click & Glow stick. These highlighting pens are easy to apply and illuminate your skin in a go. Pop it into your bags on your way out and you’re set for the day.

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It’s a well known fact that Asians generally don’t like an overdone bronzed look. Asians prefer flawless skin. And when contouring, the main goal is creating a radiant glow with a subtle contour. Shiseido‘s Illuminator is the perfect way to enhance the skin luminosity and leaves a lush satin look on the skin. To add shading, apply Shiseido’s Compact Bronzer in the hollows of your cheek. The bronzer is light and very buildable and the cushion makes it easy to spread out the bronzer on the cheek.

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Tom Ford

Tom Ford always has the best packaging. For their summer beauty collection, products came out in an ultra luxurious white packaging with golden finishings. The packaging alone will make you want to buy the products to put on your vanity. The Soleil Contouring compact is the way to go if you are looking for a summer glow on the go. The compact features three blush and highlighter shades that you can build your contouring with. With Tom Ford it’s not so much about adding a tanned look – it’s more about contouring with natural shades. The pearly and glowy finish in the shades add luminosity to the skin. It’s a palette for those looking for a more neutral summer’s glow. This is definitely a keeper in your vanity! 


Last but certainly not least, we’ve got NARS. NARS is known for having some of the best products in beauty land. The pigments are always spot on and you can always count on the finish to look great on your skin. The NARS Bronzing powder is an award-winning bronzer. The golden shimmer gives your skin a stunning sunkissed tan and the powder enhances the warmth on your skin. This palette is a keeper all year round! As for highlighters, NARS has a great range. Go for shades like Albatross, Capri or Ibiza to give you highlighters that melts into your skin effortlessly.