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Primer is really important, I think, because it sets up the skin for a really smooth, even appearance and keeps any natural oils more subdued. A natural foundation that’s not too heavy but not too sheer is next. I’d opt for a highlighter with more of a sheen than heavy on the shimmer just patted along the cheek bones and high points of the face. Lightly set face with loose powder, then spritz face with water to take down any powderiness.

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I’m a skincare fanatic so I prefer to have my skin be glowy and dewy naturally – or at least as a good base for makeup. Exfoliating once or twice a week is key, and staying properly hydrated is most important. Also using vitamin C gives great dewyness.

Totally agree! Good skin as a base minimises the amounts of products you need to use as well. I make sure I remove my make-up properly and exfoliate lightly every night. Moisturiser is also a must.

For dewy skin, moisturiser then sunscreen for me, let that sink in, then a light layer of a medium-coverage foundation that doesn’t set to a matte or satin finish. Some gel or cream blush, liquid highlighter, and then only powder where you ABSOLUTELY NEED to.

Well moisturized skin! Perhaps just primer on the T zone area but leave the cheek area well moisturised. A light foundation and cream blusher!

Mine has to be applying fresh cream (from milk) with a pinch of turmeric for 20 mins and wash off with a natural (read: Forest Essentials) mild scrub…apply rose water, moisturiser and go to bed on a clean pillow case 🙂

I have oily skin. I am trying to keep that not matt, not shiny but dewy-healthy looking skin thing on but I supposed it is the hardest when the weather is this hot and humidity is on the roofs! I try to keep the moisture on my skin at best (I use a rather lotion like moisturizer for day but I always use a good moisturizer at night even though I have oily skin!), try to drink lots of water really helps (which I usually don’t and see the results almost immediately!). I believe the glow starts with skincare rather than makeup so if I keep my skin in a healthy state, I don’t even have to wear make up just some bb cream (for sunscreen purposes), some blush, mascara and gloss and voila!! Also, I never leave home without my blotting papers they are a real hero. Everyone with “shiny face” problem should definitely use them.

drinking water, not smoking, etc…..face creams galore such as creme de la mer, santa maria novella, sisley, clarins…and eye cream galore….

A healthy lifestyle and good sense. Eat well (I’m not strict. I eat chips and ice cream when I want to, just not in insanely big portions), sleep well, exercise some, use sunscreen, and pay attention to the skincare products I use. With that said however, my skin is normal/combination, so most of the time my priority goes to controlling sebum production in my T-zone while my cheeks are naturally dewy.

As I have oily skin my main concern to achieve dewy skin is smoothing the appearence of the skin with skincares: tightening pores and reduce oil or blemishes (La Roche Posay Effaclar range is fantastic).

Then, when my base is done, to me the most important is to choose the right color and formula of bronzer and blush.
A cream orangy coraly blush + a touch of golden bronzer gives the appearence of having spent time in the sun and gives that glow to the skin.
Hightlighter of course, I’m not against some glitter but only if that’s what i want to go for. Otherwise a cream formula with sheen is better. My fav is Urban Decay cream hightlight in SIN or Dior AMBER DIAMOND.

I know that the Queen of dewy skin is J Lo but I also love the fresh and glowy skin of Kate Walsh wich is, to me, more of a model because she focuses on skincare rather than on makeup.

That’s my philosophy.

A lot depends on working with your skin type. I have oily, acne-prone skin with large pores and uneven skin tone (lucky me *rolls eyes*) but I refuse to let that get me and my skin down. Aside from having a very good skin care routine and as healthy a diet as possible (low sugar is key) , the makeup tips I think work for my skin type are using an oil-free primer, such as YSL Touche Matt, and then building light layers of foundation, such as Lancôme Teinte Idole 24 hours, followed by the classic Touche éclat to highlight under the eyes, eyebrow bone, above the eyebrow, the centre of the forehead, and top of the cheekbone. I then DON’T apply powder – this is controversial, but my skin is so oily and so porous (if that word can be used in this context) that powder does nothing for it, particularly in trying to keep it looking dewy. The powder that I do use is highlighter, something soft and light and peachy that can dust over the cheeks, the forehead and the jaw – very lightly applied.

Leaving vitamin E on my face overnight makes my skin more beautiful than any other moisturizer I’ve ever used. Wash it off, put on a bb cream and a little bit of highlight and I’m set!

The secret starts with good skincare and good diet. I am using Perricone products, and they are keeping my skin dewy and moist. Exfoliate a couple of times a week. I use No Foundation Foundation as the sunscreen, and I follow up with Jane Iredale’s Glow Time, and my skin has never looked better. It looks dewy, glowy, and perfect!

A good skin preparation before applying makeup is important to me. Clean face, toner, eye cream and moisturizer makes the skin ready to be put on any foundations. Bobbi Brown skin base is a must 🙂

I have a question Temptalia, you use normal water to spritz at the end? or is more like a finishing spray?

which highlighter do you like? I find so many of them have sparkles, and I agree I prefer the ones with a sheen. Whats your favorite?

OT: Christine, did you guys pull the Livefyre commenting system? It seems like we’re back on the old one…

A good moisturizer! I never use primer. I have normal skin and I dont see a difference in my makeup when I did use it, and most of the time,it broke me out. If I want my makeup to go on smoothly, I use a matte sunscreen like Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Daily Sunblock, and if not I just use a moisturizer under cream makeup.

Hi Christine!

Which primer do you use? I use the MUFE primer in color blue after putting on moisturizer, I wait for a while to apply my liquid foundation. However, when I put on foundation, it starts to ball of all over my face, it is such a mess..do you know why this happens? do you have tips to prevent this from happening? I have changed several foundation formulas..and now I am using Clarins lifting foundation and Diorskin nude makeup with spf 15, and both cause the same problem when applied with my MUFE primer… any help would be greatly appreciated! 😀

I had the same problem. Its because of an ingredient called dimethicone (spelling) when layered if its in multiple products it balls up. The key is tolet each layer fully dry first or switch to products that don’t have that ingredient.

Guerlain Météorites in Mythic shade really help me reach that flawless, dewy look! I also like to prime with Stila One Step Corrector to even my skintone.

Similar to what you said but I use Olay regenerist as primer – it does the same thing plus has great skincare ingredients. I then use a BB cream applied with beauty blender. That really works very well for me.

I always put some liquid highligher from Body shop in my foundation, tinted moisturizer, or bb cream. It works wonders hiding pores and making my skin flawless and luminous.

It depends on the season and day. I have combo/dry all year round and during the summer is combo/oily

1. Laura Geller Spackle Primer-has a slight pearlized glow when mixed with foundation (& i mean slight)
2. Nars illuminator in copacabana (i’m fair nw15 for reference)
3. Origins- A perfect world age perfection spy 25 moisturizer under skin before foundation

4.*****Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre 24 hour miracle cream– all time fav. I use this stuff as my heavy duty nightly moisturizer and as well.. The only time I don’t use it is in the summer.

OK dewy skin is my signature! I acheive it many different ways beause I like to mix it up. Today:
I used a brightening primer, then applied a powder highlight to cheek bones, then applied Vincent Longo Dew Finish Waterproof Foundation, then put on Tarte cheek stain on top of that. I powdered only the parts of my face I didnt want to be dewy, leaving the cheeks alone.
Sometimes, I just use a tiny bit of shimmer powder along the cheek bones, but never powder them. I have all kinds of different highlighters, gel, liquid and cream that I use, but I almost always go for a cream blush when I do. My look is always finished with Urban Decay’s Dew Me finishing spray to lock in the look.

What I mainly change is how I layer it I guess. Yesterday, I used E.L.F. cream blush stick and applied to my cheekbones over foundation using my fingers, then layered Illamasqua liquid highlighter in odyssey over that. Sometimes white highlighters dont work on really fair skin, but if I layer them over the right color blush, it works out well. In this case, I used a peach colored blush and it looked great.
another great tip ist to use argan oil on the cheek bones, or any of the face oils that leave a dewy finish. If you arent someone who wears a lot of makeup, this is a good way to achieve the look without all the layers of product.
I also find using a bronzer helps with the contrast of light and dark, I tend do use a powder bronzer such as Benefit Hoola on oilier skin, and a gel one like Stila One Step Bronze on drier skin. I often like to use Urban Decay’s primer potion in Sin on the lids as well sometimes just alone, or with a little bronzer on the eyes as well to keep the dewiness going on the lids as well. Just be sure to powder the areas that you dont want dewy. It also helps to use a separated tissue and blot in between layers so that the look stays dewy and never looks greasy

My skin responds best to being treated very gently. I wash it with mild, chemical-free soap and only use concealer on tiny spots as needed. If I have a tough-to-cover spot, I set just that spot with colorless powder. That’s it, unless I’m doing eyeshadow and use a shimmery pearl or champagne shade for some highlight under the brows and on the inner corners of my eyes.

I find that if I leave my skin alone and take good care of myself overall, I have a nice healthy glow that makeup can’t emulate. I eat a healthy diet (tons of fruit and veg, no refined oils or chemical ingredients, no allergenic foods), drink tons of water and exercise several times a week. I make sure to sleep well. It makes a huge difference. I’ve totally ditched foundation this way.

More of a skin care than anything else but after i wash my face at night with the Clarisonic, I apply sweet almond oil on my face instead of a night time moisturizer. I have dry to normal skin, and I have to say, it’s incredible! My hormonal breakouts on my cheeks have gone away and I wake up the next morning with dewy fresh skin.

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