Obsession with dewy skin started from makeup and worked its way into our skincare. In reality, it’s a challenge. But skincare and makeup are two aspects of the whole thing. Well, we’re not gonna wait around and hope to be blessed by the angels one day, obviously! For achieving a luminous complexion, there are tons of amazing products that can give you dewy skin. Oils, serums, creams, highlighters, and illuminators. So cheer up! To get you started, below are the best skincare and makeup products to get dewy skin.
1. A glow oil or serum.
It’s important to have a clean base to start with. When your skin is dry or when you want to cover all the bases, start with an illuminating facial oil/serum.
They’re good for maintaining healthy skin. But also, they significantly improve your makeup look. You can also mix these dewy skin products with your foundation.
2. A glow moisturizer.
If you’re not a fan of oils or you just want to be thorough, use hydrating moisturizers that have a bit of glow. This makes the application of your foundation so much easier.
These glow moisturizers make your skin look dewy without making it look greasy. They can also soften the finish of your foundation. And for more options, remember to see our round-up of the best glow moisturizers.
3. A brightening sheet mask.
Sometimes all you need is a sheet mask to give your face an instant radiance. Using them before applying makeup can give you the perfect dewy base. You can take advantage of these if you don’t want to deal with creams or oils.
Or sometimes your skin is good enough that you’re comfortable with just using a mask. Feel free to create your own DIY. But if not, this mask is a great headstart. Keep it on while you’re checking your e-mail in the morning. And then you’re good to go.
4. An illuminating primer.
There are primers for every skin type and issue like pores, oiliness, and dryness. Depending on your preference, you can pick a primer that’s also illuminating as well. Some primers do such a great job that they work as moisturizers.
It’s practical to use those kinds of dewy skin products. Because you combine 3 steps and it saves you a lot of time. So a good hydrating and illuminating primer can give the perfect base and glow for dewy skin.
5. A hydrating eye cream.
You may think that illuminizing your undereye area would just complicate your overall look. But a simple brightening and hydrating eye cream will improve your look. When using a full coverage concealer, it’s almost impossible to have a smooth undereye area.
Because those concealers tend to be very drying. So even if you have the perfect face, the inner corner of your eyes tends to look flaky, like a map. And it doesn’t help with the dewy look you’re trying to achieve.
We’ll get to concealer in a bit. But you need to make sure you’re using a lightweight hydrating eye cream. It makes sure your eye area looks smooth.
6. A dewy concealer.
Full coverage concealers tend to require baking and it just means more product. You can’t have natural dewy skin or natural dewy makeup using a thick, full-coverage concealer. They’re great for Instagram but terrible for real life.
Assuming that you have your protective brightening undereye moisturizer set, use a very lightweight concealer on top of it. If you have to use a full coverage one, make sure you’re moisturizing your eye area enough to compensate for that thick, drying concealer.
7. A lightweight SPF.
SPF is hard to style. It’s so boring that it just seems like it ruins your whole look. That’s the case when you’re using the wrong product! Sundrops by Dr. Barbara Sturm is an SPF 50 that’s doing a great job of highlighting your skin.
Honestly, after moisturizing your face, you can just skip to this one and then start putting on your makeup. It’s almost liquid and it’s extremely illuminizing. It’s even suitable to mix in with a foundation.
8. A skin illuminator.
These liquid illuminators work great when you don’t have a skincare product that has a dewy finish. If you’re using a mattifying moisturizer but want to go for a dewy look, you can take advantage of these liquid highlighters/illuminators.
They look great on clean, hydrated skin. Most of the time, especially in the summer, they can even be your base. Just add some blush or a bronzer and a bit of eye makeup.
9. A dewy CC cream.
CC creams are amazing for improving your complexion in a very natural way. These creams can save you some time as well. If you’re not currently experiencing any breakouts, the coverage of a standard CC cream can do the job for you.
They give you an even skin tone with the perfect amount of glow. Honestly, you don’t have to depend solely on foundations for a perfect, flawless base. They can also be full-coverage just like a foundation.
10. A dewy foundation.
Some foundations are inherently dewy which is great. There are even full-coverage ones that look dewy. But you don’t really have a lot of control over a full-coverage foundation. Water-proof, matte foundations are the hardest to play around with. Softening them can be a challenge.
So it’s better to use a medium-coverage foundation with a dewy finish. But if you want to go full coverage, at least invest in an illuminizing primer. Or you can always mix them with other products to modify the finish like oils and serums.
11. A liquid highlighter.
When you have your dewy base, you can enhance it using a highlighter. But some highlighters have glitters, which is far from natural. They make you look like a 12-year-old girl in a beauty pageant. It’s hard to find powder highlighters that look natural.
Stick highlighters are relatively better, but liquid ones are the best! The liquid form makes it easier for the product to blend in. They don’t look like makeup. You can even use these on a moisturizer when you want to go dewy without makeup.
12. A dewy blush.
You can make use of shimmery, cream blushes to achieve a dewy look. Some genetically blessed fellas can even apply these on their bare skin and walk around comfortably.
Even if that’s not the case, these shimmery blushes look very natural on a dewy base. They’re not too sparkly. But they’re not too mattifying like a regular blush either. They look great together with a liquid highlighter.
13. A glowy bronzer.
A bronzer is an important part of a dewy look. It’s just associated with a natural sun-kissed dewy face. But most of them are pretty pigmented and heavy. It makes your face look sculpted, which doesn’t always help with a natural glowy look. But some bronzers can help you achieve that look.
If you don’t want to mattify your dewy base, try using a shimmery bronzer like Laguna Bronzer to improve your glow. It’s not too pigmented, so it doesn’t look contour-y. And it’s not heavy which makes it easier to build. That’s why it looks so natural.
14. A glossy lip balm.
Lips are an important part of a dewy look with or without makeup. You can always take advantage of nourishing balms. Or you can use nude glosses that look very natural.
Usually, the highlighting process happens in the upper part of your face. So, to jazz up the lower part and complete your look, apply a light pinky nude lip gloss.
15. A dewy setting spray.
Once you’re done with your makeup, you can use a setting spray as a final touch. Some of these sprays can even be used under your makeup. Not to ruin your overall look, make sure your setting spray is a light one that’s not sticky.
It needs to add just a little bit of wet-looking radiance and nothing else. Avoid mists or sprays that instantly change your foundation’s texture.
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