How to Master Dewy Makeup in 5 Simple Steps

May 16, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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Achieving a dewy, light-reflecting complexion is possible without waiting for golden hour to strike or looking like an oil slick. The enviable glass skin effect is at your fingertips with the right makeup products and techniques. Here, we’re sharing how to get your glow on in five simple steps.
  • STEP 1:

    Start With a Matte Primer (Yes, Really!)

    It may sound counterintuitive, but prepping your skin with a matte primer instead of an illuminating one is key for creating the perfect canvas for a glowing, non-greasy look. The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Mattifying Face Primer will create a smooth base for makeup and prevent shine from cramping your radiant style. This formula is slip-free and guarantees that your makeup will last for hours. (If you decide to skip face makeup altogether, we recommend going with the YSL Beauty Nu Glow In Balm, which moisturizes and illuminates all on its own.)

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  • STEP 2:

    Apply Your Foundation

    Now’s the time to get dewy. Grab an illuminating, lightweight foundation like the IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum SPF 40 and apply it to your face using a damp beauty sponge. This will allow the makeup to go on lightly and smoothly. If you need to cover any spots or blemishes, use a cream concealer and blend well into the skin.

  • STEP 3:

    Add Some Blush

    When going for natural, luminous skin, there are two things to keep in mind with blush: Don’t go overboard and blend well. For a naturally flushed look, we recommend using a shimmer-flecked peach shade like the EM Cosmetics Heaven’s Glow Radiant Veil Blush in Persimmon and applying it just to the apples of your cheeks.

  • STEP 4:

    Swipe on Some Lip Gloss

    Top off your look with a glossy lip. Just a few swipes of the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss will give you a lasting, juicy-lipped finish.

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  • STEP 5:

    Lock in Your Makeup and Enhance Your Glow With Setting Spray

    For one last glow-inducing touch, use a non-mattifying setting spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Vitamin C Setting Spray is a favorite because it leaves makeup looking radiant but shine-free.

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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