Meghan Markle’s go-to makeup artist, Daniel Martin, relies on this brightening booster to fade discoloration and increase luminosity.
Written ByDANIEL MARTIN
I’ve been friends with Vicki [Tsai, founder of Tatcha] for 10 years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to play around with her products before they launch. She sent me her new Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA to try, and I was immediately blown away. I suffer from really sensitive skin, and this was the first treatment for hyperpigmentation that I could actually use comfortably and not be irritated by at all. On top of that, Vicki created the brand when she was pregnant, so all the products are clean, which I love. And even though this specific formula contains a high level of two types of vitamin C—one that’s water-soluble and another that’s oil-soluble—along with a potent dose of alpha-hydroxy acids derived from seven fruits, it works beautifully on my highly reactive skin. I haven’t found a lot of other brightening serums where that’s the case.
And I saw results. My father is French, and my mother is Vietnamese, so I have a lot of pink in my skin. I don’t get tan, I get red. When I use this serum, it kind of neutralizes the redness a bit and makes me a little more golden. And then whatever discoloration I have becomes lighter as well, thanks to the blend of vitamin C, AHAs, and Japanese Angelica root, which helps even out excess melanin. After two weeks, I started to notice my hyperpigmentation, like this funky melasma spot in the middle of my forehead, begin to fade.
You have to be diligent about usage with vitamin C products, though, and apply them daily if they’re going to work. I wash my face at night, then put this on. I like to use treatments in the evening, because to be honest, I’m kind of lazy in the morning. Thankfully, this is really comfortable to sleep in. That said, Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA is a great option during the day in place of a primer, although you need to put SPF on top of it. But that’s just a good rule of thumb anyway. I find the serum acts like a magnet for any foundation. I definitely recommend it to clients, especially if they want something that’s going to help treat their complexion over time. This product does what it says it’s going to do: It brightens up your skin and makes it glow.
Name: Daniel Martin
Job Description: Celebrity makeup artist
Where to Find Him: New York
Beauty Essential: Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA