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‘Dolphin skin’ is taking impossibly fresh complexions to the next level…

Wet-look skin has summer written all over it. It’s that post-pool, sun-slicked, sea-spray speckle of dewiness that immediately serves up balmy summer vibes. Even if we have to settle for Costa del Bournemouth (oop, cancelled. Overcrowding), we can fake it with a little help from our makeup, and give our freshly glazed complexions a spin during socially distant picnics round our mates.

Highlighter has been through somewhat of a revival in recent years. There’s been a movement away from obvious glitter-encrusted cheekbones, to an all-over healthy wash of glow.

That’s where dolphin skin comes in. The trend invading Instagram is for amped up, slippery-looking skin that looks silky and luxe (rather than overly oily), and smooooooooth as a dolphin.

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Coined by A-List celebrity makeup artist, Mary Phillips, who’s devoted clients include Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber and Chrissy Tiegen, she recommends layering up on a series of glow-getters to maximise on sheen (you’re aiming for licked-by-a-seal levels of fresh).

“Use ICONIC London’s Prep-Set-Glow and Illuminator for a fresh, glowy look that won’t budge,” she says. Then, use the Sheer Blush to add a “sheer gloss of colour to the cheekbone, to add to the dewy wet glow.”

Seaside skin, straight from your sofa? We can live with that.

Silky highlighters are the effortless shortcut to glow when your skin’s not playing ball

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