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Primer? Serum? Both? Wonderglow? Please help me with a dewy youthful complexion rather than channeling "old hag"

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SaltySeaBird Sat 06-Feb-16 08:16:27

"Big" birthday coming up at which point I'll be 9 months pregnant or have a newborn in arms.

I've long left the youthful glow and radiance of my 20s / early 30s but want to fake it.

I'm looking for a dewy glow ... is that possible at 40 with two young children?

I use Lancome Teint Miracle foundation which really suits my skin. I was looking at getting the Lancôme serum (genifique?) and their primer too that adds a glow. Then I read that Wonderglow by Charlotte Tilsbury seems to be loved by bloggers ...

Anybody got any recommendations as to a serum or primer? The latter probably being the most important I think.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 06-Feb-16 08:59:48

I use Estée Lauder CC revitalising cream under my foundation, you can wear it on its own too.

It gives a lovely glow and my make up stays put all day, it's one of my hero products.

I'm 47 and glowy.

Kennington Sat 06-Feb-16 10:31:47

Dior glow maximiser
Becca beach tint blush
Concealer - Clarins is good
And I could drop all foundation using this and feel it is a fresher look
I personally think foundation can be aging in the older

mowglik Sat 06-Feb-16 13:19:26

Yes I'm 36 and hardly wear foundation anymore and not happy with the dry haggard look I get with it when I do. Try a BB cream and no powdering over it (I just do oiliest areas and leave the rest even though I have an oil slick face). Then try a liquid highlighter dabbed on high spots (cheekbones, over top lip, under brow, middle of forehead between brows) and you should be good to go.

Any highlighter works well tbh if you are avoiding heavy foundations and powder. I have dior maximiser, strobe cream and a soap and glory one and find them all to have the same effect

mowglik Sat 06-Feb-16 13:26:30

Oo sorry just read you are after primer recs - I use a hydrating one so as to avoid the dry look after layering the rest of my make up. Laura mercier hydrating primer is a good one, but for glow Elemis flash balm or Dior maximiser are good products

Liveinthepresent Sat 06-Feb-16 15:20:24

I don't want to hijack OP's thread but I am also trying to improve my skincare regime - I have just got ysl touché eclat foundation which I am loving - I also have the Laura mercier primer which I like too. Where I am stuck though is what goes beneath the primer ? Serum appeals but is that appropriate with a primer too ?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Sat 06-Feb-16 17:29:30

Yes, serum then moisturise then primer then foundation.

cressetmama Sat 06-Feb-16 20:42:00

My favourite serum (not sophisticated enough to do primer) is the Bioderma Hydrabio which I tried on a recommendation from the Sunday Times. At under £20, it doesn't upset my skin, isn't scented, and is basically hyaluronic. Give it two minutes to sink in, and it makes a great base. Only problem, I can only buy it online from Escentual, but they regularly have good 20-25% discounts.

DianaT1969 Sat 06-Feb-16 21:43:34

Mac strobe cream gives a dewy glow. Lasts ages too.

mrslebon Sat 06-Feb-16 23:00:08

Don't bother with the CT Wonderglow. I've got a sample and it's crap. I use the Elemis Flash Balm or the Dior Glow Maximiser.

Destinysdaughter Sun 07-Feb-16 00:30:47

I like Origins Vitazing. It's a tinted moisturiser but I wear it under foundation and I think it makes me look more 'dewy' ( was recommended by another MNetter when I started a similar thread on here about how to look 'dewy ' ! grin

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