Butter wouldn’t melt

Butter wouldn’t melt

Have you heard that ‘buttery skin’ is the latest trend taking Insta by storm? Here’s how to get the look…

There’s always a new beauty fad to try on Instagram – and we love one of the latest looks for its simplicity, yet dramatic impact.

‘Buttery skin’ is a blend of skincare and beauty, so you can try it even if you’re not a fan of piling on the make-up.

The look is natural and dewy, high on the ‘glow factor’. But don’t take the name too literally – you don’t need to grab the Lurpak and treat your face like toast! ‘Buttery skin’ is about creating the appearance of smooth, glowing butter on your skin, and to get the look you need to focus on skincare prep and a clever concealing technique.

Three steps to butter skin

Achieving a buttery look is pretty straightforward: it just takes three simple steps.

Step one: work a moisturiser or skin oil that is suitable for your skin type (and that’s really important) into your skin. Look for products that promise a ‘dewy’, ‘flawless’ and ‘glowing’ effect (see our picks below to get the look). Once you’ve applied generously, leave it for a few minutes to settle before applying any make-up.

Step two: the key to creating a ‘buttery’ effect is pressing your foundation into the skin with your fingers. Try not to use too much product and allow the warmth from your fingers to bind the make-up beautifully with your skin (using this technique to apply your foundation has the added bonus of massaging skin, giving you a mini facial!)

Step three: the third step in this routine introduces a very clever little twist. You finish this look by applying a small amount of concealer with a fluffy eyeshadow brush – this gives your skin a light, airbrushed texture – completely buttery. Mmmmmmmm.

Butter basted

Applying a good, daily treatment under your foundation really is crucial if you want to create this look. You need a product that is suited to your skin type, light enough to use every day and perfect for creating a flawless make-up base.

You’re also looking for a product that gives your skin a radiant, glowing effect.

Here are some of the very best for you to choose from:

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil is a new treatment oil for dewy skin that looks more radiant than ever. A feather light treatment, it works in three phases for healthy, luminous skin: it strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, hydrates to help reduce fine lines, and shields against free radical damage. A next generation formula, it rapidly absorbs to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, replenishing protective lipids that are depleted by ageing and environmental stress.

To exude health, vitality and ‘buttery’ goodness, Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm instantly brightens and tightens for a smooth, even and dewy luminosity. Formulated with a powerful vitamin complex that protects against moisture loss, it contains exquisite purple orchid, noni and acai to help defend against the early signs of ageing.

Bursting with ingredients to feed and nourish the skin, deeply hydrate and add instant radiance, Balance Me Radiance Face Oil is a plumping and soothing treatment, rich in essential fatty acids, to firm and hydrate. Designed to address uneven skin tone, this dewy skin in a bottle will add radiance to dull and tired looking skin.

Murad’s Complete Reform increases skin firmness to reveal healthy, radiant, wrinkle-free skin. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and provide a radiance boost, with antioxidants to promote brighter, younger and stronger looking skin – for all-day-long compliments!

To refine lines, hydrate and protect, Gatineau Perfection Ultime Skin Perfecting Cream Serum combines the potency of anti-ageing serums with the comfort of a cream. Rapidly absorbed, deeply hydrating and softening, skin is refined, lines are diminished and the complexion is radiant and protected from environmental aggressors.