• Just like an artist needs to prepare his/her canvas before creating a masterpiece, so should you maintain your skin health prior to makeup application
  • Emma Lewisham believes you need to start with balancing gut health 
  • Prior to applying makeup, she suggests using brightening-targeted products and giving your face a massage

It's safe to say Hailey Bieber has become a beauty icon with flawless makeup looks many of us try really hard to emulate.

The model and entrepreneur radiated on the red carpet of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 3rd Annual Gala on December 3 with a shimmery eyeshadow and illuminating cheeks. 

Want to beam at your next holiday party à la Mrs. Bieber? It will take more than the right products to get her gorgeous glow. 

Just like an artist that needs to prepare his/her canvas before creating a masterpiece, so should you maintain your skin health - both internally and externally - to achieve your festive glam.

Start with the insides  

Everyone wants glowing skin, but many fail to recognize that skin health starts with the gut.

'More and more research is emerging on the importance of a balanced gut microbiome for optimal skin health,' says Emma Lewisham, founder of luxury natural skincare brand Emma Lewisham. 

If the microbiome is out of balance, it can directly effect the texture and appearance of the skin.   

'Before I start my skincare routine, every morning I take Beauty Chef Gut Primer and BePure Two Probiotic for optimal gut and internal health,' said the expert.

'I have experienced a notable difference in my skin's clarity and glow using these products.'

Cleanse deeply without stripping away moisture

Before makeup application, Emma starts by cleansing her face to ensure a fresh foundation. 

'The Emma Lewisham Illuminating Oil Cleanser is great because it deeply cleanses the skin while providing rinse-resistant hydration,' she reveals.

'A lot of cleansers can strip the skin of essential moisture which reduces the skin’s natural glow. If I have an event, I will also use our Illuminating Exfoliant as a mask for 10-15 minutes before cleansing.'

Use products with brightening ingredients 

Eye makeup is an integral part of a complete makeup look and often the focus.

But prior to applying any makeup to the lid, dabbing an SPF cream the delicate area is a crucial step in maintaining an eye area that appears smooth, hydrated, and youthful. 

'Be sure to go with an eye cream that visibly brightens and firms the eye area as the brightening will help with the overall glow of your makeup look, while also serving as a great primer,' says Emma.

Next the beauty expert applies her brand's Skin Reset Serum. 

'Our founding product, I developed this as a natural alternative to traditional brightening products. It has been independently scientifically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation and outperform industry-leading brightening products. An absolute must-have for glowing skin.'

From skin tint foundations to shimmer shadows and glow highlighters, there are a plethora of products to create a glowing complexion.

But first, cream!

As a final step in her skincare prep, Emma applies a brightening day cream.

'The trick for glowy skin is always going for brightening-targeted products. Brightening creams have become a favorite amongst makeup artists for glowing skin — especially ones that contain hyaluronic acid for immediate plumping hydration as well as ethically sourced mica which softly reflects light to smooth and illuminate the skin.'

She adds: 'I will often do a bit of facial massage using various tools while I apply this to encourage blood flow to the face for extra glow.'

Give your face a massage 

TCM Wellness Expert and founder of 001 Skincare, Ada Ooi, reveals a few easy facial massages that take just 10 minutes.

In addition to using your hands, you can use a beauty tool. 

If you don't have one, no problem! Ada says a spoon can be just as effective. Use both sides of the utensil and the tip of the handle.

In addition to getting the blood circulating, 'massaging also stimulates the muscle and lymphatic system,' shares the expert.

'Massaging in the right lymphatic flow direction gives that extra pressure to enhance draining toxins, making space for more efficient oxygen and nutrients delivery.

'There are also many acupressure points on the face, which in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) they relate to different parts of the body and can affect different organ systems.'

Before rubbing-down, Ada suggests applying a good face oil. She recommends the Vit F Detox Sebum Concentrate because it contains cooling ingredients like watermelon oil to regulate sebum and soothe sensitivity.

Ada's techniques:

'Tap from forehead to the chin.

You can do lighter taps by controlling your wrists, or loosen your wrists when tapping to give a more dynamic motions in your taps.

This is great for stimulating blood circulation to these epidermis.

Pinching is great for treating the jowls. Starting from the middle of jaw line at the chin, pinch with one or two hands from the chin to below the ears along the jaw line on one side, then repeat the other side.

You can use your knuckles to perform a lot of massage techniques, using these knuckles of your second finger, point them under your brow bones and swipe over with slight pressure to the forehead to the hairline. You can move back and forth.

Rest your knuckles of both your second and third fingers, right under the orbital bones (caution not too close to the eyes), you can then tilt your head down and let the gravity does its job.

Meanwhile You can also move your knuckles to massage from the under eyes to the ears.

Do the same but with knuckles of three fingers including the ring finger on both hands and massage right under the cheek bones for lifting.

Finish with using your whole palms, comforting stroking with lifting motions from the chin to the forehead.'

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