There's nothing like a post-facial complexion, but most of us don't have the time or resources to take a trip to the spa every week. But you can get the same effect in minutes, says makeup artist Jemma Kidd in her upcoming book, Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-Up Dilemmas (St. Martin's Press, 2012), which will be available on Nov. 13.
She recommends giving yourself a facial massage to ease tension and increase circulation, oxygenate your skin cells, and drain cellular waste. The result: a gorgeous glow.
Try her six simple steps on dry skin or during your facial cleansing routine:
1. Create a loose fist with your palms facing the chin. Starting at the top of your face, use your knuckles to massage the skin. Start in the center and work out towards your ears and down the sides of your neck; focus on your chin, jaw, and lower face. Using your fingertips, massage your skin in an upward direction. Work towards the lymph nodes beneath the earlobes, which encourages drainage.
2. Lightly grasp your chin with the flat part of your thumb and bent forefinger; make a pinching flick movement along the jawline from chin to ear.
3. With your fingertips, move in a rotary motion starting from the bottom of your face. Move from the chin to ear, upper lip to ear, nose to temple, and along the brow and forehead.
4. Lightly tap your fingertips over your skin, drumming on both sides of your face.
5. To drain fluid build-up around the eye, lightly massage around the contours of the eye. Start on one side of the nose and work your way around the eye using small circular motions.
6. Finish by pinching your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger.
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