How to nail the ultimate dewy makeup look

The dos and don’ts according to the pros

Lifestyle Editor, Woman's Day / August 13 2020

All about that base

Getting your base down pat will mean your radiant look will last all day.

After applying your skin care (try to use hydrating products to boost your glow levels pre-makeup), go in with a face primer. If you have naturally oily skin, opt for something with shine control and you can make up for any lost dew with other products. For drier skin types, go for a luminous based primer to add some extra oomph to your look.

For foundation, Fenty Beauty’s Global Makeup Artist, Hector Espinal (yes the man often responsible for Rihanna's glow!), recommends the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation to even out your complexion with a natural soft matte finish. If you want something lighter and even more natural go for a skin tint or tinted moisturiser. Then simply spot conceal where needed.

Keep it cream

Hector advises ditching powder products where we can to achieve, well, the glowiest of glows.

“It really depends on your skin type, but the easiest way to get a dewy look is with cream products,” he explains.

“If you have normal to dry skin, I recommend using a cream bronzer and cream blush, like the Cheeks Out Collection by Fenty. Create a bronzy ‘lit from within’ glow [by using] the cream bronzer ($50, Sephora) on the outer perimeter of your face; [apply it] where the sun would naturally hit you like forehead and cheekbones. You can [then] add a subtle wash of colour [using the] cream blush ($33, Sephora) on the apples of your cheeks.”


To get the most bang for your buck, you can use your cream blush as a lip tint, too. Then finish with a cream highlighter.

As for if you have oily skin, Nicole Faulkner aka ‘Lipstick Nick’, Director of Global Artistry for Morphe, says that you can use powder products and still achieve that beautiful skin dew. Just avoid anything with straight glitter in it if you want that ‘natural glow from within’ vibe.

“If someone is really oily, I would suggest they used a powder highlight to create that dew effect,” she suggests. “It will last longer and not separate any pressed powder they are wearing on their face. I love the Jaclyn Cosmetics Mood light highlighters ($55, Morphe) they give a subtle sheen/dew [rather than] a glittery highlight.”

Perfect your placement

Knowing where to put your makeup products can make or break a glowy look.

“There's a fine line between radiant, dewy skin and greasy, oily skin – it’s all about strategic placement of your makeup,” says Espinal.

“You want to mattify the places you get oily, like the t-zone and chin. Then add radiance with a highlighter to the high points of your face, like the bridge of the nose, cheekbones, and brow bone.”

Blotting is your friend

To keep those unwanted oils at bay (and your highlight as the main attraction!), make like the queen, Rihanna, and pop some blotting powder or papers in your handbag to use throughout the day when you need.

“Her not-so-secret weapon to keeping her base looking flawless throughout the day is the Invisimatte Blotting Powder,” Espinal reveals.

“She uses it to set her makeup, and for touch-ups throughout the day. Her skin is naturally more oily so this powder makes her skin stay flawless and fresh. Plus, it has a translucent finish, so you can keep applying it over the course of the day, and it won’t get cakey.”

Finishing spritz

Skipping this step is a dewy skin sin!

Always set your look in place with a makeup setting spray, as this will help absorb any excess powder products (if you’ve had to use them) and act as the cherry on top to your glass skin look.

Just remember: ready, SET, glow. 

Main image credit: @PatrickTa

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Gabriella is the Lifestyle Editor at Woman's Day magazine. When she's not scrolling through countless beauty websites, lusting over the latest releases and adding far too much to her cart, you'll find her binge watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.