ah, the elusive "glow". attainable through a strict diet of kale juices, ten hours sleep a night, staying out of the sun and never even thinking about wine or ice cream. or, now readily available in a tube. while oilier complexions often like to steer clear of anything "dewy", us dry skin gals are usually chomping at the bit for anything that'll boost our glow factor. even if you are more combination to oily, i'm sure any of these products would still work for you, as they focus more on glow than shine, but i understand: sometimes, a mattifying primer is your best friend and i give you leave to dive head-first into setting powder and laura mercier secret finish. i'm constantly on the look out for more radiance; my skin's basic problem is that it can look dull without make up, so i like something that's going to make it look healthy, not shiny. first up is an old favourite; the laura mercier radiance primer. slightly orange in colour, don't be scared of this golden primer: it blends in clear and gives you a really soft, subtle glow that's perfect for an evening or party look. a make up artist used this on me first, then i was hooked, after all night people told me how good my skin looked. it's got good grip to it, too, meaning you get more for your money. laura have also just brought out the radiance bronze which will be PERFECT for summer; it's quite intense but gives you a really gorgeous, golden glow and even looks good on it's own. next up, the new eve lom radiance primer. this has a lightweight texture, so i'd recommend it for oiler skin types. the whole range is full of raspberry stem cell technology (no, me neither) and promises to nourish the skin while making it looks fantastic. if you're more combination to oily, but still want something to give you that healthy, well-rested glow, i'd recommend this. for me, it was a little too lightweight, but my skin rivals deserts when it comes to thirst levels. new kid on the block is the by terry cc lumi serum: this comes in four shades, two light like this for radiance, and then two focussed more on warmth (read: tan).
i adore this under make up, but over make up it's kind of a disaster, so keep to it as a primer. i'm not so sure about the colour control aspect - it does even out my little bit of redness, but i use it more as a glow-giver. i use it all over as a primer, or on my cheekbones, nose and cupid's bow over a matte primer, like sarah macnamara's miracle skin transformer. at £59.00, it's the most expensive of the pack and maybe best saved for a special treat; head into a space nk and get colour matched if you wanted to test it's complexion-evening abilities. finally, the burberry fresh glow fluid. again, great for oiler skin types as it's a fluid rather than a thicker texture. i love this in no. 1 over a normal SPF primer or moisturiser. without any colour, it gives it a super soft, healthy glow that lasts all day and looks like just great skin. i use this almost every day, saving my laura mercier for the evenings to amp up the glow factor. they do a slightly warmer tone, too, but i prefer the pearlescent tint to this.