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Luminisers: how to look glowing, not greasy

02:00 Tue Jun 19 2012
Melissa Williams-King
Luminisers: How to look glowing, not greasy
Doutzen Kroes for L'Oreal Paris

From foundation and powder to primer and concealer, these days every make-up product is touting the benefits of illumination.

But how do you take advantage of the new developments in light-reflection technology without looking like a disco ball? We spoke to L’Oreal Paris NZ Makeup Director Lisa Matson to talk us through the dos and don’ts of the trend.

Why do you think luminising products have become popular lately?
Celebrities who are known for their beautiful glowing skin like Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce help influence the popularity of this look. Ultimately luminous skin looks more youthful, healthy and radiant as opposed to flat matte-looking skin that can often make skin look aged.

How do you use glow-enhancing products without making your whole face shiny?
This is really dependent on the type of skin you have. Some younger skin and of course oily skin often have enough sheen, so areas like cheekbones and temples are the best places to illuminate. Avoid the T-zone, if this area is particularly shiny, altogether. Older or dryer skin types that look naturally matte can afford to be more liberal with illuminating products - a light application over the entire face, with extra attention to cheekbones will look best.

How should oily skinned women approach this trend?
They should apply an illuminating primer to cheekbones and temples only, followed by their regular foundation. If an illuminating foundation is coveted then they'll need to either apply a non-illuminating foundation through the T-zone or dust with a fine powder, to keep shine at bay.

Should you use both an illuminating primer and an illuminating foundation?
With the new L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique range I would definitely recommend using both together, as singularly the give a subtle luminance, but together they make skin look particularly radiant. But apply the primer to just the cheekbone and temple areas of the face is enough if a person’s skin already has a natural 'glow'.

What should you look for when buying a glow-enhancing product?
A good facial illuminator should give off a subtle reflect that looks natural, it shouldn't look too oily or glittery. I usually test illuminating products on the back of my hand, and will compare the texture of my other hand, to see if it looks more youthful and radiant. Twisting it back and forth under light also allows me to see how reflective and natural it looks.

What age and skin type is the new L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique range (of foundation, primer and highlighter) best suited to?
I think Lumi Magique is suited to all age groups - it makes young skin look sublime and older skin look young. Normal to dry skins would probably see the most benefit. But combination skin, like my own, looks great in Lumi too - the trick is keep your hands off your face, for longer lasting results.

Can you add a touch of powder on top if you want to control the glow?
Yes, you can add powder to any area you think looks too shiny. A fine loose powder, lightly dusted on, will give you the most natural finish.

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