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How To Do 'Dolphin Skin' – AKA The Hottest Trend Right Now

How To Do 'Dolphin Skin' – AKA The Hottest Trend Right Now

If you (like the rest of the world) have been obsessed with dewy skin, get ready to fall in LOVE with the latest trend that’s taken the beauty-sphere by storm: dolphin skin. It’s the ultimate combination of yoga and glass skin… Wet-looking glossy skin, that literally looks as smooth as a dolphin – hence the name! It’s luxe, sexy, and perfect for summer. Here’s everything you need to know about the trend, and more importantly, all of the inside secrets to help you achieve the look at home.

The Dolphin Skin Trend

The trend was coined by celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips whose clientele includes Hailey, Kendall, and Priyanka. In short: it’s skin so glossy, it looks wet to the touch. Imagine, you’ve just emerged from crystal blue waters, and the sun hits your face and glistens like a diamond. Think Halley Berry in 007 – that’s the vibe!

How to Achieve Dolphin Skin


According to Glamour UK to achieve dolphin skin, Mary uses a combination of ICONIC London products. She begins by using the “ICONIC London’s Prep-Set-Glow, $25, and Illuminator for a fresh, glowy look that won’t budge,” she says. Then, Mary recommends the Sheer Blush, $26, to add a “sheer gloss of color to the cheekbone, to add to the dewy wet glow.”

If you search the trend on Instagram, you’ll be greeted with an array of makeup tutorials from influencers and MUAs using the aforementioned ICONIC products. However, to get the look, you can use any glow-getting formulas you can find. In fact, you should layer as many as possible! Here are our tips…

Prep + Prime The Skin

As with any skin-focused makeup look, skincare prep is crucial. First and foremost, to remove any dead skin that’s blocking your skin and making it look dull, use a gentle exfoliator like the Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, $39. Not only does it buff away excess skin but it also brightens the complexion, leaving you with a radiant glow. Follow with an ultra-hydrating serum and moisturizer – our fave combination right now is the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, $39, and the Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, $40.

Next, prime the skin with a radiance primer like the L’Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, $13. This will create a seamless base for makeup application by diminishing the appearance of pores and imperfections, which will help you achieve that dolphin-skin quality!

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