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How to Get Dewy Skin

Soft, supple and dewy skin – it’s the ultimate no-make-up, make-up look that really lets your natural beauty shine through. It’s also super simple to create a dewy look, even if you’re rushing to get ready for work.

What is dewy skin?

Dewy skin is all about that super-hydrated look that hits the fine balance between matte and oily. Think sun kissed, glowing skin that looks like you slept all night on a bed of clouds. It’s a natural look that simply highlights your best features, without you needing to cake on the make-up.

Dewy skin is essentially achieved by caring for your skin in such a way that, using minimal make-up, you can achieve a natural, shiny looking finish that simply highlights your best features.

How can I get a dewy look?


So how do you get dewy skin naturally? First things first – look after your body. That means staying hydrated, eating well and getting plenty of exercise. After all, dewy skin gives off that healthy vibe, so it only makes sense that you need to be looking after number one.

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It can be worthwhile developing a skincare routine that incorporates not just your facial skincare. Sunscreen should be applied every day if you are leaving the house. This will help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, whatever your skin tone. At the same time, it keeps you hydrated. UV protection and hydration combine to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you age.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help you, and you may even like to use a body mist fragrance, as these can leave your skin looking dewier than an eau de parfum, which will often dry far quicker.


Next, give your skincare routine the kick-start it needs. South Koreans swear by the 10-step routine, which includes everything from double cleansing to face masks and serums.

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But if you’d prefer to keep things simple, start by using a cream cleanser – which acts as a hydrating toner for your skin as you wash it instead of drying it out. Follow that with an SPF day cream and a night cream that includes the super-hydrating ingredient, hyaluronic acid.

Caring for your skin’s health in this way will mean your make-up products apply better, as you are creating a better hydrated, smoother base for them to be applied to.


When creating a dewy skin look with make-up, any makeup artist will tell you that it’s good to start with a dewy cream primer followed by a dewy foundation.

To add even more of a dewy finish to your foundation, mix in a couple of drops of liquid highlighter before applying to your skin. I’d recommend the highlighters with more of a pearlescent finish, as this will be more dewy and less glittery.

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Getting a dewy look with dry skin

Having dry skin can often make it tricky to achieve that hydrated, dewy look, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Start by using products that contain hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin E. And when it comes to make-up, never use mattifying foundations or powder cleansers and moisturisers into your skincare routine.

You may also want to focus on applying just a thin layer of moisturiser so as not to clog up oily pores, and using just a light layer of dewy foundation from the UK market, where there are so many to choose from. Trial and error will surely help you find the ideal product for you.

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We recommend looking for oil-free products and nothing that gives anything heavier than medium coverage. Rather than a heavy foundation, you could even consider a lighter CC cream for a more natural finish.

Can I use a primer if I want a dewy make up look?

You can of course use a primer to help create a dewy make-up look, just try not to use a mattifying primer and instead choose one that is going to add a glossy glow to your skin. If you want to add even more of a dewy finish to your skin, you could try mixing in a hydrating serum to your primer, or even some liquid highlighter.

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After applying your dewy make-up, a great way to complete your look, at the same time as helping set it in place, is to use a make-up setting spray.

Ready to get that dewy skin look? From looking after yourself from the inside to being a make-up pro, we hope our blog has taught you everything you need to know to achieve that dewy look.