Glow Girl: How to Get Fresh, Radiant Skin Like Michelle Williams

by Janine on 10 January 2011 · 23 comments

When you see the words “radiant skin,” or “glowing skin,” or “hydrated skin,” picture this shot of Michelle Williams at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend. Best example of all three, ever.

If your skin doesn’t already look like this, here’s how to get it there:

1) Exfoliate gently and regularly. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, with lactic and salicylic acids, has a no-grain texture sensitive skin will love. It’s even more gentle on skin than the beloved-by-many Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Another excellent option is StriVectin Overnight Facial Resurfacing Serum (available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale). Its botanical ingredients include willow bark, which contains natural salicylic acid. I really like it because it’s a time saver — no rinsing/dry-off required. Apply, let absorb, then moisturize.

2) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Throwing a rich night cream into your routine can get the job done if you don’t mind the texture. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream soups skin up with organic rosehip seed oil, which is crazy full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids skin needs to hold onto moisture. If you can’t deal with rich cream on your face, hit a moisture-boosting serum, which can be layered under your regular face cream without feeling heavy on skin. Try L’Oréal Paris Skin Genesis Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate, which contains water-greedy hyaluronic acid. If you have more mature skin, consider Age Perfect Re-Cushioning Serum, which ups skin’s moisture-retention ability with a ceramide complex. (Click here to find out how ceramides help dry and itchy skin.)

3) Use a glow-boosting moisturizer or all-over illuminator. If you have poreless skin, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer will give you the Michelle-Williams glow. If you find it a touch too shimmery, mix it with a little of your day moisturizer. Right now I’m obsessed with Origins VitaZing Energy-Boosting SPF 15 moisturizer. I would have included it in the “moisturize” section, but it’s more than that: Its subtle tint makes skin look radiant without I-can-see-it shimmer, which is better for larger-pored or oily skin. And it prompts lovely comments like, “your skin looks amazing,” and “you have great skin,” and “your skin looks gorgeous.”

4) Pop a peachy-pink cream blush. A cream or tint blended along the sides of the apples of the cheek gives that from-within finish. Think Nars The Multiple in Orgasm, of course. Or Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #6 (it’s called a cream blush, but goes on more like a stain); CoverGirl & Olay Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach, or Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful.

5) Hit the tinted lip balm. Can’t leave lips out; if they’re dry or chapped, they’ll wreck the glowy-complexion look. I love Korres Lip Butter in Quince; Pomegranate would do as that peachy cheek colour, actually. And LipFusion Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15 in Bitten — also love, because of its smooth, non-waxy texture and built-in sunscreen.

I think I’ll spend the rest of the day in hydrating face masks, and trying not to envy Michelle’s pretty brows.

Image borrowed from, as usual. Should I stop admitting that?

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katherine 10 January 2011 at 11:29 am

Can we also add getting it on with Ryan Gosling? Think that helps with the glow…

Her brows are amazing, too. Want.


Arianne 10 January 2011 at 12:32 pm

LOL, katherine, I totally agree on both counts!


Janine 10 January 2011 at 3:27 pm

I think Ryan Gosling should be the must-have beauty product for 2011. Let’s make it happen.


rasilla 11 January 2011 at 8:25 pm

lol how long as THAT been going on…im so out of the loop with this stuff XD


Janine 11 January 2011 at 10:13 pm

It’s the Blue Valentine thing, apparently. Rumors abound — Ellen even asked Ryan about it when he was on her show recently. He dodged — check out the very funny clip on Ellen’s site!


Lisa 10 January 2011 at 11:57 am

Yes, I love her brows too!! LOL She looks awesome, nice to see her happy these days…
Cheers, Lisa


Janine 10 January 2011 at 3:27 pm

Agreed, Lisa!


Laura 11 January 2011 at 12:03 pm

These are the products glowing skin is made of. Everyone needs to archive this post.

I’m currently testing out Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum. It gives my skin that subtle glow without the shimmer and I keep hearing “your skin looks so healthy.” PLUS(!) it’s super moisturizing and earth friendly.


Janine 11 January 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Laura! You’re awesome :-)

That Tarte serum sounds like something I have to try, stat!


rasilla 11 January 2011 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for the lippie suggestions XD
I will definitely try and look into them when I stop by stores later during the week :)


looloojigar 9 July 2012 at 10:00 am

how can we have fresh and soft skin with out any chemical?what kind of vegtables are good to freshing face and skin?and some structions for mask for face


Janine 9 July 2012 at 10:11 am

These two stories should answer some of your questions:

More to come in new posts in the next while. Thanks for asking!

But try not to confuse “chemical” with “synthetic.” Almost everything in the natural world is chemical. And skin-softening and smoothing ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid can all be sourced from nature. :-)


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