With our busy lives, we’re increasingly looking to our skincare and makeup to do more, target more, and reduce the number of products we have in our daily rituals. We want our products to work smarter, save us time, money, and still deliver glowing results. Step forward skincare makeup hybrids: makeup with skincare benefits. Meeting our less is more attitude, the move towards skinimalism is going full steam, with innovative new formulas that combine the best of both worlds, for a skin-win situation.
As our appetite towards makeup has firmly shifted gears into the more natural, “your skin but better” vibe, with the goal of glowing, radiant skin, this is where skincare-loaded makeup formulations come into play. We want our makeup to not only impart natural-looking color that has us looking and feeling our best, but we also want it to care for and condition our skin at the same time. “There are so many exciting innovations in beauty right now, from makeup with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, or conditioners like shea butter, to skincare products taking on mineral tints and luminosity lifters like ethically-sourced mica to impart a natural glow,” explains Janeena Rumsey, Glo’s Artistry Lead.
“Makeup with hyaluronic acid will be a gamechanger for your skin,” explains Janeena. “It’s a humectant, so it draws water into the skin and keeps it there, helping plump and boost suppleness.”
Holding up to 1000 times its own weight in water, hyaluronic acid helps increase the amount of water in each skin cell to maintain and boost hydration and skin barrier function. It’s particularly effective in complexion products such as HD Mineral Foundation Stick—a 4-in-1 creamy foundation stick that can be used as a foundation, concealer, contour, and highlighter. With this skincare makeup hybrid, you get a calming, soothing, hydrating complexion perfector that multitasks to the max.
Our Glow Up Highlighter is a dewy, sheer highlighting balm, infused with hyaluronic acid and shea butter, imparting a natural light-reflecting shine that's oh-so radiant and conditioning.
And, if you find your favorite makeup product doesn’t contain hyaluronic acid, you can always load it up with a few drops of our hydration heavy-hitter serum HA-Revive Hyaluronic Drops, or add a spritz of HA-Revive Hyaluronic Mist to set your look in place and replenish hydration throughout your day.
“One of the most important step of any skincare and makeup ritual is sun protection,” says Janeena. “The ultimate anti-aging ingredient, SPF protects skin from aging damage from the sun and other environmental stressors. Adding UV blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to your daily ritual is vital. That’s why we infuse many of our makeup products with these essential ingredients to offer your skin complexion protection while imparting natural looking mineral color.”
One of our best-loved skincare makeup hybrids has to be C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint. “This tinted moisturizer has some serious skincare credentials, infused with anti-aging, reef-safe SPF to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays, plus other environmental stressors, all while imparting a gorgeous, lightweight glow. Also powered by vitamin C, it protects against blue light damage and pollution.”
Also in the SPF-infused makeup camp is our Tinted Primer SPF 30. “It features an all-mineral sunscreen, plus it evens out unwanted tones or texture concerns with a silky, oil-free sheer tint in a semi-matte finish. You can wear it alone with concealer, or to prep foundation for a flawless complexion.”
If you’re looking for an SPF-loaded foundation, try Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18. “A skin-first mineral foundation with SPF 18, it provides sheer to medium coverage, smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores and is infused with light-diffusing diamond powder for instant illumination,” shares Janeena.
Just as they’re important for us to consume in our food, antioxidants are super important ingredients in our skincare and makeup. They help neutralize and protect skin from damaging free radicals from pollution, blue light, and other environmental stressors. Vitamin C is an all-round antioxidant skincare essential. Not only does it help protect skin from aging stressors, it also boosts skin’s brightness and helps improve clarity. “We love C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint for its vitamin C-powered tint,” shares Janeena. “Plus vitamin C works really well in partnership with SPF for boosted skin protection. You can also add a few drops of our vitamin C serum, C-Shield Anti-Pollution Drops to your foundation for a daily dose of vitamin C.”
Add a little extra skin-loving vitamin C via your highlighting with our Skin Glow Powder Highlighter. Also featuring niacinamide, this nourishing, blendable powder helps protect skin and boost brightness while lifting luminosity.
Vitamin E is another key antioxidant that helps protect skin while also soothing and calming. It’s an excellent ingredient if you’re prone to dry or sensitive skin, that’s why it’s featured in many of our mineral makeup as part of an antioxidant complex paired with vitamin C. Find it in Essential Eye Base, Pressed Base, Cream Stay Shadow Stick, Eye Shadow, Cream Glaze Lip Crayon, and Suede Matte Lip Crayon to name a few.
A luxurious skin conditioner, shea butter is an emollient meaning it soaks into the skin and creates a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture. Great for those with dry or sensitive skin, looking for this skincare ingredient in your makeup will help nourish and condition skin, while mineral pigments impart color. “We love using shea butter in our lip products to really help the formula glide on easily, while restoring lipids and moisture levels,” explains Janeena.
Mix and match your skincare and makeup to find your perfect mix. “And if you’re prone to clogged pores and oily skin, always look to formulations that are oil free and offer shine control too,” adds Janeena. “You can always add any of our solution serums to your foundation to supercharge it with skincare benefits too.”