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    Highlighters are so last year. This year is about shimmer oils that do multiple jobs. They highlight (we’re over highlighters, not glow), add that perfect melt-into-the-body sheen, give you a stunning décolletage, add an even tone and help you get those modelesque legs. And in this regard, the only product that everyone is talking is the Patrick Ta Major Glow oil. Everyone from Chrissy Teigen to Rosie Huntington Whiteley, and closer home, beauty aficionados Ankita Chaturvedi of Corallista and Malvika Sitlani are hooked to and invested in this product. 

     

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    But why is Patrick Ta’s glow oil trending? The answer is really quite simple – everyone wants to look glossy and shiny even on the most mundane days. It features colours that are just right for all skin types (Shay Mitchell, Joan Smalls, Olivia Munn, and Gigi and Bella Hadid are all using it), and the packaging is millennial-friendly. The standard shades include the a light champagne, A Dream (US$52), and the deep bronze, A Moment (US$52). Best of all, there is effectiveness at the core – ingredients include olive oil and squalane, which moisturise and add hydration, while vitamin E and magnolia bark extract give a fresh, healthy glow without feeling greasy.

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    The reason it quickly caught on is thanks to Ta’s massive Instagram following (1.5 million). A celebrity makeup artist, Ta is already a big name in the beauty business, and in April launched his own namesake beauty brand—Patrick Ta Beauty—with this very oil. 

     

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    Known for his glowy, sun-kissed, golden-hour makeup, Ta managed to set expectations high with the launch. Sephora, which stocks the brand, has reported the glow oil to be a bestseller that has already sold out four times in a span of three months. And now Ta dropped two new additions to the Major Glow collection – this time it’s a rose body oil named A Vision, retailing at the same price as the others.

     

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    So how do you wear this glow oil? The usual routine of shake-apply works but this one comes in spray format, so once you combine the oil and the shimmer particles, spray it directly onto the skin. Accentuate the best bits – the decolletage, the shoulders, and the high points of your face and the legs. Massage the oil into the skin lightly and use a body brush to even it out. 

     

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    The shimmer tones are all translucent, which is a good thing because then one doesn’t have to worry about it suiting a particular skin tone – it works for all. No wonder it’s got a big fan following. 

    Latha Sunadh
    Deputy Editor
    When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.