While 2018 might have been the year we were swayed to debut a or metallic, mirrored nail varnish, there's one thing that never goes out of fashion – fresh and dewy skin.
Look to where make-up artist extraordinaire Lucia Pica gave models a beach girl glow that was fresh and elegant. Think bold, natural brows and lightly flushed cheeks, paired with radiant skin and a blurred coral lip, keeping the focus on the dewy, summer-time complexion we're all after this dreary, wintery season.
Inspired by Chanel, we've rounded up our expert tips on how to achieve glowing skin when the weather outside is anything but radiant.
After all, just because the sky is gloomy, doesn't mean your skin has to be.
Step 1 - You are what you eat
Sugary foods break down collagen and elastin over time, leading to a dull looking complexion.
If you can't kick it to the curb, make sure you combat the side effects with daily meals containing essential vitamins and minerals.
Foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, avocados and wholegrain, protect us from to keep our skin looking plump and healthy.
Step 2 - Relieve. Repair. Reveal.
Don't let dead skin cells pile up. When you , your skin gets smooth, which in turn helps to reflect light.
Revive dull looking skin by sloughing away any debris in the evening. That way, when you go to sleep, your skin can focus on repairing the day's damage.
Try Anthony's (£14.34) which is infused with jojoba spheres that exfoliate, shea butter to soften, coconut oil to hydrate and cucumber extract to soothe. Our high street favourite? (£3.99) which gently exfoliates dull surface cells to create radiant-looking skin.
16 Of The Best Face Exfoliators For All Skin Types
Grapefruit, mint and sweet orange give your daily exfoliation a refreshing twist, while natural micro-grains (derived from corn) offer physical exfoliation to leave skin smooth and clear of impurities. And with 97% natural ingredients, this is one for the earth lovers out there.
Formulated with cranberry seeds and rice bran powder, Farmacy's exfoliating grains slough away dead skin cells whilst absorbing an excess spot-causing sebum.
Using certified organic botanical ingredients like peppermint and pink grapefruit, this gentle exfoliator can be used daily to give your skin a much-needed polish.
Somewhere between a paste and a gel, this stretchy pink exfoliator contains coffee grains to buff away dead skin. Ideal for a Monday morning hit of caffeine.
If messy manual scrubs aren't your thing then This Works' genius spray on exfoliator is the one for you. Simply spritz on clean skin before going to bed, let the salicylic acid work its magic and wake up to brighter, more even skin.
Formulated with the natural exfoliant pearlstone, this clear gel gently scrubs off dead skin cells whilst drawing out oil and dirt from your skin. Ideal for any city dwellers feeling the effects of the smog.
Forget rough, scratchy scrubs, this super fine exfoliator uses micro granules to slough away old skin cells, and sebum-absorbing powder to remove impurities. Those with dry or sensitive skin, this is a once a week situation to treat yo'self to, rather than a daily scrub.
Medik8's Pore Refining Scrub delivers a three-pronged attack on rough and oily skin. It boasts gentle, biodegradable jojoba particles to really slough away that paste-like mixture of sebum, dead cells and make-up, Salicylic acid, which reduces inflammation, pigmentation and redness caused by acne, and L-Mandelic acid, an AHA that deeply penetrates the pores to exfoliate even further. A pea-sized amount goes a really long way.
You can really feel this physical exfoliator working its glow-giving magic on congested, bumpy, oily and flaky skin. Instead of chemical elements, it's filled with active plant-based ingredients and spherical ruby crystals that instantly chip away at dead cells, sebum and grime, all without leaving your skin scoured and sore. It's much kinder on damp skin, so splash your face with warm water first.
If gritty exfoliators aren't your thing, you'll adore this feather-light lotion from the luxe brand that brought us the sell-out Vital Clay Mask. An absolute dream team of glycolic and lactic acids unclog pores sans the need to scrub, and the clever bit is that it adapts itself to both your skin's natural pH and oil quantity to keep irritation at a minimum. Leave it on overnight - the radiance-boosting results come morning are undeniable.
A bit of an unsung hero in skincare, lactic acid has the muscle to improve uneven skin-tone, bumpy skin texture and to kickstart cell regeneration for a complexion that is smoother, softer and clearer. This lightweight serum goes one step further - it's loaded with hyaluronic acid Tasmanian pepperberry to hydrate and soothe as it exfoliates.
If breakouts and blackheads are your biggest skin bugbears, you'll want to stockpile this non-abrasive, leave-on BHA. A godsend for combination and oily skin, 2% salicylic acid turfs the gunk out of pores and has an anti-inflammatory effect on raging red spots - all you need to do is swipe.
Skin-friendly jojoba seeds are suspended in a hydrating gel texture to instantly lift away dry, flaky patches without scratching, so it won't leave you red raw. The added vitamin E in the 100% natural, vegan formula makes skin feel seriously soft and moisturised - even after one go.
There's a good reason why Gallinee's mask-come-scrub is always selling out. The brand's skin-perfecting duo of prebiotics and probiotics (they can speed up cell repair, protect against environmental aggressors and even treat acne) are combined with powerful AHA, lactic acid, which works wonders to smooth skin texture and to de-congest pores. Flawless complexion? Yes please.
Don't let the moss green colour put you off - this 3-in-1 exfoliating cleansing mask is basically like a mini facial in a tube and it'll leave you glowing. Omorovicza know that the rough, sandpaper feel of some exfoliators is a major turn-off, so their pumice granules are teeny tiny, and therefore much kinder on sensitive skin. Massage it in, let it work its magic for a few minutes and rinse off. Such.Soft.Skin.
This brilliant exfoliator marries both AHAs and BHAs (namely glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids - perfect for obliterating spots and bumps) with jojoba beads to make light work of chipping away at flaky, dead skin, oil and blemishes. It's perfect for prepping skin for luxe serums and moisturisers.
Step 3 - Stimulate your skin
We're all aware that is a daily need (it combats pollution, , , the list goes on), but do you pay attention to what's in the pot?
Look for ingredients that will energise, and protect your skin.
We suggest trying the (£16). It's packed with the goodness of Camu Camu Berries which contain up to 60 times the vitamin C power of an orange.
7 Of The Best Vitamin C Serums For Your Brightest Skin Ever
A potent antioxidant, use this Vitamin C serum before you apply your daily SPF (which we assume you are doing...) to protect your skin against all the nasty stuff your daily commute likes to throw at you.
If droppers or watery serums aren't your bag, then Lancer's silky Vitamin C cream is for you. Enriched with 10% Vitamin C and Retinol, this aids in the production of collagen and increase the flow of oxygen to the skin.
More a paste than a serum, this techy form of Vitamin C contains 10% L Ascorbic Acid aka a seriously potent dose of skin brightening and antioxidant protection.
Be the boss of your own complexion with this dark spot destroying vitamin C serum. Get your hands on the matching l and to complete the skin brightening trio.
Give tired and dull skin a good old wake up with this serum packed full of vitamin C and lactic acid formulated to speed up cell turnover so you're left with your brightest complexion ever.
Ok, so this one isn't technically a serum buuuuut it works exactly the same way. You've heard about beauty products with use by dates? That's because active ingredients (the stuff that's doing the hard work) break down, which means finding ways to preserve them for longer. By suspending the Vitamin C in silicone instead of a water-based serum, the efficacy (how long it actually works for) is maintained for way longer. Win.
The C-Tetra is a great starter Vitamin C serum, repairing visible sun damage and stimulating collagen production at an affordable price. Its key ingredient is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (try saying that after a wine), the strongest and most stable derivative of Vitamin C. This is combined with Vitamin E, which boosts the anti-oxidising properties. The lower concentration of Vitamin C makes this serum ideal for people in their 20s and 30s, or those with sensitive skin.
Step 4 - Get glowing
By now, you'll be beaming, but if you want to boost your glow, brush the high points of your face (your cheekbones, cupid's bow and bridge of your nose) with a highlighting powder.
Try out blogger-favourite (£30) which works so light bounces off the powder, providing the perfect glow without the sheen.
The fine particles pick up the light and reflect it to make you look more radiant.
Are you ready for the glow?
18 Of The Best Highlighters For An Envy-Inducing Faux Glow
The prettiest embossed highlighter we've ever clapped eyes on, choose between the pearly pink shade or golden bronze (or swirl both together) for a radiant glow that won't look ashy.
The Mother of backstage make-up's latest Pat McGrath Labs drop is none other than the ultimate highlighting kit. Supermodel skin can now be yours.
Infused with pearlescent pigments to brighten and illuminate, buff a swipe of this creamy highlighter into the tops of cheekbones for an instant glow.
The brainchild of Anastasia Beverly Hills and blogger Amrezy, this limited edition golden highlighter looks as good on your skin as it does in the pan.
Inspired by Marc Jacobs' love of coconut water and the look of a super healthy, hydrated complexion, this gel highlighter contains Vitamin B5 to help nourish skin. Mix with foundation, use as a primer, or pat on top for cheekbones up to there.
Apply this baked powder wet or dry for a glitter-free golden glow.
Great as a base before your foundation for a luminous glow, or dabbed along cheekbones, this liquid highlighter is a fashion week backstage staple.
A universal bronze-toned cream highlighter, smooth this over arms and legs for an instant summer glow.
One tiny pot, a whole lot of glow. Filled with light-reflecting minerals, the creamy pearlescent formula is super blendable which means you'll get one natural looking glow.
This light-reflecting liquid might be shimmery, but that doesn't mean we're entering 90s territory. Think more Gisele on the beach in Rio and you've got it.
With an unexpectedly bouncy texture, this putty-like highlighter uses ultra-fine light-diffusing particles to create a natural-looking glow sans the glitter.
Why highlight when you can strobe? Ok, they're sort of the same thing minus the contouring, but if you're going to do it, do it properly. Enter Maybelline's fit-for-purpose Strobing Liquid aka the easiest way to create instant cheekbones that look like they're casually just being hit by light.
A universally flattering apricot-gold highlighter and a legend in the Instagram world, this finely-milled powder has an almost creamy texture - ideal dusted along the high points of your face.
A wet-look glow in a stick, simply draw this along cheekbones for an uber modern glossy finish.
Everyone from Jourdan Dunn to Jeffree star rave about these seriously glowy illuminator drops. Add the concentrated shimmer to your foundation or primer, or dab on top of make-up for a selfie-worthy finish.
Let's face it, drawing on highlighter makes life a whole lot easier (especially if you do your make-up on the go like we do). Perfect for the summer when you want to look glowy, not sweaty, this long-wearing highlighter won't melt down your face.
Packed with more light-refracting particles than you can shake a stick at, this powder highlighter has a sheer base to blend seamlessly into skin without any telltale glitter.