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How do you make your skin still GLOW from within, even on those ultra-tired days? Welcome to your ultimate life changing, beauty saving bible.

Hey princess, that’s  the alarm!
Sunshine dances through the window and plants soft kisses on your tired eyes. It’s time for dreams to leave and for another big, bright day to set it’s usual pace. You want to face the music feeling radiant and divine…. except you barely got that much needed beauty sleep last night – whoops.
How do you achieve the radiance, lightness and luminosity of a well-rested complexion even on those heady days where you’re anything but?
Thankfully, our busy lifestyles -and my toolkit- have been blessed with some rather godsend products that can elevate your glow to realms beyond the norm – so you can look like heavenly, especially on those ‘tired’ days.
Coming up 7 hours short of 8 hours sleep need not show. Whether you have been burning the candle at both ends for work, love or play, the following radiance-boosting tips will have you bringing everyone in your orbit to their knees -instead of ducking for cover.
Change your life -and stay up all night- with my carefully curated collection of faithful favourites to have you always look immaculate and other-worldly.
How many of these heavenly helpers do you already have in your beauty cupboard?







Wash away your worries
Wake up your skin with an uplifting skin scrub. Circulation is a major contributor to dull, ashy-looking skin. Get your blood pumping and your skin looking ultra smooth and youthful with a quick exfoliating treatment. Kora’s Organics Exfoliating Cream with have you looking silky soft and ready for flawless foundation and concealer application.


La-Mer-The-Intensive-Revitalizing-Mask_Maxmade.com.auSoft as a baby 

When the going gets tough, take your skin and well-being to a happier place with La Mer’s Intense Revitalizing Mask. Refresh, plump, energise and protect in just 8 short minutes of life (and complexion) changing serenity. Simply apply, soak and wipe away your worries for a fresher, brighter and more centred you.



Take your skin from dull to divine
One days like this, it’s important to get your skin tone smooth and even with hydration. For immaculate skin that looks brightened and refreshed, begin with a plumping serum like Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster to instantly penetrate the skin’s surface and hydrate and soothe a dehydrated and flushed complexion. Now, watch as your skin comes to life.



Nude skin sensation
Forgo the matt and embrace a dewy, healthy all-over-glow that works like magic on red, tired and dry skin. Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion Foundation is rapidly becoming the industry’s best kept secret to achieving skin that’s been blessed by beauty. It’s silky smooth on application due to the nourishing oils procuring an immediate moisturising sensation – which enhances your complexion with a fresh natural radiance and wearable nude coverage. Oh, and did I mention the coverage is build-able so you can basically adjust it to exactly the amount of sleep you’ve had? Thank G-d for Mr Armani!




Touched by an angel

Now, raise the gorge factor of your skin with a luminous golden/beige highlighter, erasing the tell-tale signs of tired skin in a single sweep of the brush. Focus on all the areas of the face that the sun or the flicker of a candle would kiss – like across the top of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and the inner corners of the eyes and brow bone. Using a powder highlighter like Becca’s Shimmering Perfecter in Moonstone over your foundation will give you a lit-from-within multidimensional effect.




Re-boot your rosy glow
Adding a pinch of vibrant colour in all the right places will make you happier than meeting that knight in shining Armani. Skin often shows up red when its tired, rundown or dehydrated, so avoid shades of reds and pinks and go for luminous tones of apricot to breathe some wellness into your visage. My go-to blush is Luma By Jess Hart Powder Blush in Soft Peach, worn high on the apples of the cheeks to brighten overall tone and enhance the eyes.



Pallor’s a bit pale, princess?
A smudge of contour will give definition and warmth to sallow cheeks while rebalancing a weary face. The key to contouring is to blend your bronzer just under the cheekbones, rather than too deep into the cheek. This will add depth and warmth, while still elevating your face. Going too low on the cheek can age you  God forbid! Like no other, Tom Ford’s Bronzer Powder in Gold Dust has the perfect amount of (you guessed it) gold light-reflecting particles to add an elegant glow where you need it most.



A prayer-worthy pout

For lips that inspire others to mouth ‘wow’, you need a rich gloss that hydrates and hides the fact that you may have been swapping your waters for vodka! YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lip Colours are the ultimate in shine, hydration and ready-to-wear colour. Known for having the best and most special shades on the market, I’ve even been known to dab a little of the right colour on the cheeks to cheat a glossy glow. 


Wide eyed and bushy tailed
Tired eyes can still look bright and rested – the trick is makeup that wakes up! Take your lids from sleepless to scintillating with an all-in-one earth toned shadow palette to illuminate, define and uplift your sleepy lidsCharlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess Luxury Eyeshadow Palette has the power to heal your eyes with Charlotte’s colour-coded fail-safe guide to the perfected bronzed eye in every palette. 



Worthy of the body beautiful
Don’t just think from your shoulders up when your goal is a dewy, healthy glow that’s as good as the better slept folk’s among us. Jergens Shea Beauty Oil may be super light-weight on the skin, but under no circumstances is it a light-weight when it comes to soothing, hydrating & brightening all over skin-tone! Use it while you’re still damp from the shower and I swear your pins would never have looked more elongated and glossed.  
Now, about that coffee…





Photographer; Max Papendieck at DLM for Maxmade.com.au, Hair & Makeup; Max May at DLM, Model; Lydia Simmonis, Written; Alina Berdichevsky



  1. CC says:

    Skin is perfection. I definitely like the prep steps involved. I am wondering how the new Armani Maestro Glow foundation will be, I have heard its very dewy.

    Caitlin Confidential | Caitlin Confidential

  2. Kirby says:

    Ahhhh your blog posts are just the best!! Always leave me looking forward to the next one! Are there any other (slightly less expensive) foundations that you recommend for a dewy/glowing finish with buildable coverage? Or best to stick with the G Armani? Thanks xx

  3. max says:

    Hi Caitlyn… Thanks you! i was rurally happy wit the results! I can confirm that the NEW G.A Maestro Glow Foundation is really dewy and luminous. The colours are devine. I will be reviewing them in the coming weeks so stay tuned – particularly on my Snapchat where I will be live streaming – @MrMaxMay! xMM

  4. max says:

    Thanks so much for your ind words. I’m so happy you’re getting lost from the posts. I do love the G.A – I also love the Ellis Faas. I believe its about quality when it comes to working with a foundation. I will cut costs in other areas if I need to! take care xxMM

  5. LMVM says:

    Just logging in some study hours of Max May makeup blogs and then turning it into ordering new additions online. Best study every- my makeup bag has never been so fun & my looks are evolving all the time. Have to love the Charlotte Tilbury Godess Palette owe you a night of cocktails for that introduction completely.

  6. max says:

    LOL… Good work! You’ve got your self a deal LMVM xxMM

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