“Dolphin skin is a beauty term that’s being used to describe a glistening, hydrated, ‘fresh out of the water’ makeup look,” explains Mary Phillips, a professional makeup artist who’s worked with celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. “Dolphins are known for their smooth, plump, reflective skin, so I think it’s a perfect, fun way to describe this aesthetic.”
While a quick Instagram search may lead you to believe Phillips invented the trend, she doesn’t take credit for coining the term. Nevertheless, she’s “beyond flattered” that her signature dewy look has taken on a name and life of its own. “I’m so excited to see the dolphin skin look trending and getting so popular,” Phillips shares, “because I’ve always found youthful glowing skin that just enhances one’s own natural beauty to be timeless.”
One of the most important steps when it comes to achieving dolphin skin is in making sure your skin is healthy and hydrated. “Skin care does not need to be complicated,” shares Dr. Rachel Maiman, a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist. “But it should include key ingredients to optimize the rate of cellular turnover.” Why? Turns out cellular turnover is one of the key factors when it comes to radiant skin.
Perhaps the biggest secret to radiant, healthy-looking skin? Getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. Another option when it comes to maximizing the wet look of dolphin skin? Gently tap a facial oil (La Mer Renewal Oil) onto the top of your cheekbones.