How to get glowy skin for summer

Calling all glow-getters! Luminous skin starts here…

Sunny days ahead can only mean one thing – it’s glow time! We’ve got tips and tricks from the experts to help you achieve that lit-from-within look, whatever glow you’re going for.


Hydrate your skin inside & out for a natural glow

Of course, you can faux your glow – more on that later – but don’t forget that the easiest way to get glowing skin is to keep it happy, healthy and hydrated.

That means eating well and sipping plenty of water (or squash if you prefer to jazz up your H20, we won’t judge). As the experts at Bali Body say:

"Keeping your skin hydrated with lots of water for a glow from within is the oldest trick in the book, but it really works."

It also means committing to a decent skincare regime. Moisturise twice a day and exfoliate regularly to slough away any dead skin cells that might be dulling your glow.

Faux a gorgeous glow with fake tan

Preparation is key when it comes to fake tan and helping your glow go the distance. Those in the know at Bali Body share their secrets to getting a flawless tan, every time:

“Make sure your skin is clean, exfoliated and shaved before you begin. Apply a small amount of moisturiser to dry areas to create a barrier and ensure your fake tan is even all over.”

Bali Body also gave us this game-changing tip which we had to share with you:

"Have a cold shower before you fake tan. It’ll help close your pores and avoid ‘strawberry legs’ (those pesky little dots on your hair follicles) appearing when your tan develops."

Jill McLean, Vita Liberata’s Global Educator, adds: “Apply your tan all over with a mitt. For a flawless finish, use a kabuki brush to apply to face, neck, hands and feet.” We love Vita Liberata Super Soft Tanning Mitt for streak-free tan application.

Jill’s top tip for stepping your tanning skills up a notch? “Recreate a professional spray tan look by blotting excess tan off knuckles, elbows and the heel of each hand with a slightly damp cotton pad.”

For a natural-looking tan in as little as 60 minutes, check out Bali Body 1 Hour Express Self Tan Foam. It’s fully customisable, so you can leave it on longer for a deeper colour. 

Looking for a more gradual approach? We love Bali Body Face Tan Water and Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion – use them daily to build your perfect glow.

Glisten up! If you prefer a natural tan, don’t forget your SPF. Bali Body Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF 15 can give your skin extra hydration while it protects. Simply apply like a moisturiser and enjoy the way your skin glistens as you soak up the sun. Don’t forget though, it’s best to wear SPF 30 or higher so if it’s sunny outside pop on some high-factor sun cream and spritz this on top.*

Get instant results with body make-up

Whether you’ve got last-minute plans, want to perfect the appearance of your skin or just don’t fancy committing to a full fake tan, wash-off products are the easiest way to get an instant glow.

Vita Liberata Beauty Blur is the perfect quick fix for when you need to glow right now, because sometimes life just won’t wait for your fake tan to develop.

“If you love a glow but don’t want the commitment of lasting tan, this is perfect as you can wash it off at the end of the night,” says Jill. “It colour corrects and reflects the light, giving you red carpet-worthy skin.”

Alternatively, you can give your skin an instantly flawless, glossy look with the dream team that is S19 Super FX Body Make Up and S19 Super FX Body Gloss in #Bronze. The S19 beauty insiders explain how:

"S19 Super FX Body Make Up is the perfect choice for that ‘second skin’ finish. For instant glossy, dewy skin, layer on S19 Super FX Body Gloss in #Bronze. Accent hotspots such as the collar bone, or go for the full-body glow!"

Bronze, illuminate & accentuate your glow

From simply sunkissed to bronzed goddess – whatever your vibe, take your radiance to the next level with bronzers and illuminators.

Make like Little Mix lovelies Perrie and Leigh-Anne at this year’s Brits and accentuate your natural beauty with a dewy glow courtesy of Iconic London Sheer Bronze. Just use the insta-famous ‘dot and blend’ technique on the high spots of your face.

The experts at Iconic London call it “holiday skin in a tube”, and we can see why!

"The soft-focus formula is designed to give a dewy, sunkissed sheen without feeling too heavy," they say. Sounds good to us!

Looking for sensational shimmer? Use the super-concentrated Iconic London Illuminator for a lit-from-within look. Apply using a sponge, brush or fingertips – don’t forget the tip of your nose, Cupid’s bow and collarbones! 

For an all-over dewy finish, mix a few drops into your favourite face moisturiser and you’re ready to glow. Rumour has it the Iconic London make-up artists love mixing it with a body oil or moisturiser too. “Just a few drops will transform your finish and create a gorgeous body glow,” they say.

Ramp up the radiance

Looking for a simple step to selfie-ready skin? Iconic London Radiance Booster is a sheer complexion-perfector designed to enhance your natural beauty. Wear it alone for a dewy, post-facial look.

You can also mix it with your favourite foundation for a super-glowy finish, apply it under your foundation for a dewy base or mix and layer it with your other make-up products to create a bespoke radiance. Because you just can’t beat a multitasker!

One product to prep, set & glow

Serious about your glow? Check out Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow – it does what it says on the tin. Prep your skin, set your look and add even more glam to your glow with this clever spray.

Spritz on bare skin for an instant, healthy-looking glow, set your look in place with a quick spray or mist it all over your face, shoulders and décolletage because let’s face it, can you ever be too radiant? (Hint: the answer’s no, obvs.)

Now you’ve got the glow-down, it’s time to grab your lit kit and live your best luminous life!

*Always use SPF and seek shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.