Tutorial: Dewy Skin

Dewy skin is definitely having a moment, but with my temperamental skin it’s not as easy as changing the finish of my base. Combo skin that’s prone to breakouts like mine can easily look like an oil slick and shine exaggerate any imperfections. But with careful application and select products I find that a balance can be found.


I start with a oil controlling moisturiser such as the Mario Badescu shown here or MAC oil control lotion on my t-zone, on my cheeks I go for a richer serum or oil, currently loving Grown Alchemist’s detox serum. Then I prime with Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel (the glass bottle one not the rectangular plastic one that has different shades, that’s too sticky for me) for a perfect canvas, for my Dior Nude Air serum foundation. I find that foundations with an ultra matte finish like my Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet is counterproductive in this look, but those more specific dewy finish foundations are often far too oily for my skin, so I would go for a serum formula such as the Dior here or YSL Fusion Ink is much more effective. With this look I forgo any contouring and go straight for the highlights, I dot YSL touché éclat under my eyes, on my brow bone (for me that means a touch above the arch and below), on my cupid’s bow and on the top 1/3 of the bridge of my nose and blend. Then I warm up some Nars Copacabana multiple between my fingers and highlight the top of my cheekbones, blending and winging it out towards my temples as I go. Finally I dust with a smidgen of ELF HD powder just on my T-Zone, I prefer not to use my fuller coverage powders such as my Shiseido Integrate or Chanel Perfection Lumiere as a setting powder to avoid looking too cakey. If I find that I’ve put too much HD powder on, I just spritz my face with a little Caudalie or Avene.