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When the models on the red carpet have a big nasty zit, makeup artists cover it up with concealer -- pretty much everyone can figure that out. But what gives the models skin that beautiful healthy glow even if they were out all night partying before hitting the catwalk? There are a few products that can give you radiant skin, so no matter how you're feeling on the inside you can look glowing and vibrant on the outside.
Simply washing your face can give you more radiant skin than you have now. A skin care regimen that'll make your skin alive and glowy consists of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser removes any makeup and grime that might dull your skin. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin caked on your face, which makes it look dull and lifeless. Moisturizing adds a bit of dewiness to your face, making it look softer and healthier in a snap. By following this routine twice a day -- aside from exfoliating, which you should do once every few days tops -- you'll have naturally glowing skin without any other products.
Don't worry -- your bronzer won't make you look orange if you use it correctly. Plus, a bronzer with a hint of shimmer gives your skin a natural summer glow all year round. Brush a bronzer just a shade darker than your skin tone on your forehead, nose and cheeks. If you don't naturally have prominent cheek bones, brush a little under your cheeks to fake some. Your skin will look brighter and more alive without soaking up any of the sun's dangerous rays.
Even if you're all sweaty, don't you love the glowing flush on your cheeks after you work out? A little color on your face makes you look healthy and vibrant. You don't need to run a marathon to get this look though; just replicate it with blush. Dab a fluffy brush in the blush and sweep it lightly across your cheekbones after you apply your bronzer. This adds more dimension to your face and makes you look livelier, even if you were up all night.
Think of highlighter as the grown-up version of the glitter gel you used to put on your face when you were in middle school. This light shimmer cream or powder adds very fine light-reflecting particles to your skin, making it glow when it's in the right light. If you don't over-do it, it creates a really ethereal effect. Dab a little on your forehead, the tops of your cheekbones and at the inner corners of your eyes, then blend it in really well. If you're afraid of this being too much for work or another professional occasion, mix the highlighter with a little moisturizer before applying it.