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How do you achieve a "dewy" cosmetic look?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11273points) November 13th, 2010

My face used to be quite balanced and now it is dry…as in very dry. I often see people who have that fresh “dewy” look…and no, they are not in their 20s! What foundations/moisturizers/underbases/highlighters give one this look? Any ideas?

My skin has always been great…until the last few years when it began to turn dry. I once tried one of those mineral foundations (in a powder) and it just highlighted creases.

I do exfoliate and use moisturizers, but it still is still a bit dull. I would like a bit more luminosity.

I think that the correct moisturizer and foundation is important. Do you have recommendations for good foundations that have this sort of dewy finish?

Thank you!

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It’s been several years since I’ve used this line, but I loved Shiseido products. If you can find a department store that carries them, they can demonstrate them, and you can buy a travel-sized pack. The only reason I gave them up is when I developed adult acne. Now that it seems to have cleared, I’m ready to go back. They used to do a demonstration where they took a photo of your skin to show how moist or dry it was. I took the test, then went back to another store about a month later and had the same test done after using their products. Even the Shiseido woman seemed surprised at the difference between the original image and the one taken that day.

My older sister swears by Oil of Olay products and read a report that they are rated one of the best for dry skin.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I also have severely dry skin, in fact I have a condition that causes severely dry skin, but I’ve found that taking care of the dry skin is what creates the dewy look – more than any makeup or highlighter I’ve ever tried.

Lately I’ve been trying something a bit less conventional, and I’ve been putting olive oil on my face at night. I massage it in, and then wipe it off gently with a warm cloth. It does not leave a greasy residue, and it is perfectly fine to use even if you have acne prone skin. In fact, one of my good friends has been fighting with her acne for years – and she started the olive oil, and claims her skin has improved dramatically.

Even without any makeup on at all I’ve been getting comments and compliments lately on how fresh and yes, dewy, my skin looks. Maybe you could give it a shot. Can’t hurt.

I’m surprised that the mineral makeup works well for you, @noelleptc, because I found that it dried my skin out really bad. Doesn’t do that to you?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Thanks for the tip on olive oil. I’m going to give it a try.

I’ve also given up wearing foundations, and only use a light swipe of Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess on the cheekbones to add a bit of color.

deni's avatar

i have always just put a dab of lotion on my cheeks after putting on anything powdery and it makes your skin look more radiant and “dewy”.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I smoke three packs a day and drink vodka and coffee from sunrise to sunset. Leaves me with that one step over the edge look, on the verge of breaking a sweat at any moment.

Quite dewy.

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MooCows's avatar

Don’t they have some kind of spritz you can use on your makeup
to keep it dewy looking? I thought I saw some recently at the make
up counter.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@MooCows I’m pretty sure NYX has a dewy finish setting spray, I’m guessing there are other brands with a similar product, too.
Also, this question is 6 years old, and I still use oil on my skin every night. Argan and mineral oils, mostly, but I felt that I should update that it was apparently an effective skincare move.

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