If your #squadgoals include flaunting a glowing complexion, here are some light-reflecting products (as well as a lipstick or two) to get your BFFs.
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The right lighting, a healthy diet and eight hours of sleep – these three things can give you a lit-from-within glow. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for most of us to check all three boxes (especially the lighting one), so we settle for the next best thing: primers and foundations that reflect light so you get a constant glow no matter how many late nights you’ve worked.
The ones from South Korean brand VDL do the trick nicely. The brand’s secret? Lumilayer Technology, which is present in all its face makeup products. Instead of the usual light-reflecting ingredients such as mica and pearl powders, the brand’s formulas are infused with the red and blue components of violet light, so light bounces off the skin at different angles. What this achieves: more defined and three-dimensional (read: not flat) features and a clearer, more radiant complexion.
Now that we’ve got the science out of the way, here are our picks of glow-boosting products from VDL – from primers to vibrant lip colours (yes, these, too, have an effect on how bright your skin looks!).
For your super-cool girlfriend VDL Festival Lipstick Love Mark Trio 2015 Christmas Edition, $55.
Loud and vibrant lip colours are in right now, and are perfect for brightening up a dull complexion in seconds. With this set, your girlfriend will get the VDL Festival Lipstick (Love Mark) in three hues: #610 Chace, a stunning cherry red; #611 Channing, a bright pink; and a colour of her choice. Trust us, she’ll be raving about these pigmented, long-wearing lipsticks in no time.
For your no-frills younger sister VDL Beauty Moisturizing Set, $42.
She may not have major skin concerns yet (lucky her!), but get her this starter skincare kit anyway – it’ll keep her skin looking healthy and bright. Here’s what the set comprises: a full-sized VDL Beauty Moisturizer that hydrates parched skin (yes, even young women suffer this); a travel-size VDL Beauty Cleansing Oil, which removes makeup without stripping skin of moisture; and a travel-size VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam, which leaves skin clear and glowing.
For your work BFF VDL Lumilayer Primer Set, $37.
Help your fave lunch mate look her best with this set, comprising a full-sized VDL Lumilayer Primer (more than 2.2 million bottles have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2013) and a travel-size VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF25/PA++. Use the primer on its own for a dewy finish and a soft focus effect that makes pores less visible, or mix it with the foundation for a more natural-looking finish.
For your selfie-obsessed best friend VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation Set, $54.
She already looks good in her photos, but there’s no harm in helping her amp up her selfie game. The tool for this? VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation – one of our fave cushion foundations on the market – which boasts both makeup and skincare benefits, thanks to powders that reflect blue light for an instantly clearer-looking complexion, as well as prune water, said to firm and plump skin. Grab this set, which comes with a travel-size VDL Lumilayer Primer and a travel-size VDL Satin Veil Primer.