glowing skin

If you’ve had an all-nighter before work, your colleagues can probably tell from your puffy eyes, dark eye circles and overall dull skin. This is when they will a) take a deep breath and pretend that you look fine or b) comment on how tired you look.

We’d imagine that nobody loves hearing the latter. Or at least we don’t because seriously, who likes to walk around looking like a zombie? The solution: run to the nearest Sephora store and pick up some beauty SOS products.

Of course, there are many choices to choose from at Sephora, which is why we’ve gathered some of the most effective beauty products and broken them down into simple-to-understand steps below.

Think of them as your daily beauty go-tos that will unlock the glow in you. Use them and get ready to hear your colleagues comment, “You look good!” the next time you reach your office.

Now that is something we’ll never grow tired of hearing.

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WHY: When it comes to facial cleansers, you’ll be wise to choose one that’s both gentle and effective. As much as you want to wash away a day’s worth of accumulated dirt and oil, you won’t want the cleanser to rob your face of its natural moisture.

Which is why Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is the natural choice to go to. Made to suit all skin types, it gently removes makeup and other impurities to unveil clean skin. It even acts as an eye makeup remover; just gently massage it over your eye area to take off your mascara. Look into a mirror afterwards and don’t be surprised to see a glowy complexion staring back at you.

Shop it here: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $63 for 150ml

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WHY: In case you haven’t realised, all-nighters can take a toll on your skin (cue enlarged pores, rough surfaces and dull skin). While daily cleansers are great for cleansing the face, you’ll need an exfoliator to do the hard work of lifting all of the hidden impurities in the pores. Exfoliators are also great for giving your face an immediate glow.

The Arcona Cranberry Gommage acts as a deep cleanser that frees clogged pores to leave skin smoother than before. It’s also made with antioxidants to minimise free radical damage and signs of ageing.

Shop it here: Arcona Cranberry Gommage, $65 for 100ml

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WHY: If Singapore’s heat and humidity have made thick moisturisers the bane of your life, we get you. In fact, Skin Inc gets it, which is why they’ve formulated this ultra lightweight hydrating dew that instantly transforms into a watery texture when massaged onto your face.

Each pump is packed with pure Japanese Onsen Water that promises to calm your skin from redness and irritation. There’s also Hyaluronic Acid and French Pine Bark to hydrate your skin and protect it against environmental pollution. Conchiolin Protein from shellfish, also called Pearl Powder, has blurring abilities to impart a glowy and dewy complexion after each use.

Shop it here: Skin Inc Pure Recovery Dew, $72 for 30ml

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WHY: Sometimes, applying makeup immediately after your skincare can be difficult because of the different textures that simply don’t blend well or layer over each other nicely.

To save time and avoid frustration, reach for the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. This global bestseller is famous among its fans because of its multi-purpose properties. Not only does it mask redness, it also blurs out pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the microspheric powder in it, this primer’s texture is super silky, making the application of foundation a stress-free process.

Shop it here: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $89 for 30ml

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WHY: The wonderful thing about this CC cream is that you’re free to skip your sunscreen. Made with a high SPF 50+, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+ gives you both sun protection and flawless coverage.

Its colour correcting properties act like a real life Instagram filter, giving you that lit-from-within glow. Besides concealing facial flaws, the formula also contains anti-ageing collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants to serve as nutrients for the skin.

Shop it here: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+, $62 for 32ml

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WHY: Bronzers are great for sculpting your facial contours but if you want your features to really “pop”, you can count on Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter. Made with coconut extracts, this hydrating formula can be used on the skin directly or simply blend it with your favourite foundation to achieve an overall glowing complexion.

Remember: if you’re using it on its own, go super easy and apply just a tiny bit will do. Any more and you’ll risk looking like a disco ball.

Shop it here: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, $69 for 22.5ml

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WHY: So you’ve been super diligent about moisturising your skin and applying a primer but why does your makeup still stray? Our recommendation: spritz this finishing spray on your face as a final step before reaching for the doorknob.

Besides its oil controlling properties, this spray also boasts Temperature Control Technology which cools down your makeup, ensuring your makeup’s longevity. This way, you’ll find yourself blotting less often too.

Shop it here: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, $48

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