Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Get Glowing: How To Fake Flawless, Dewy Skin

One thing about winter in Melbourne is the harsh wind; not only does it blow your hair about (top knot #ftw) and force you to walk around holding your skirt down, it also completely dries out your skin.

One of the biggest beauty complaints I hear from girls in winter is that the cold weather makes their skin look dull and lifeless due to moisture loss. Dry skin is no fun because you begin to peel and flake in places (gross), your foundation accentuates dry patches and your face just feels tight. But it's easy to fix!

Besides drinking water and investing in a good moisturiser (when I have especially dry skin I like to use Lancome's Multi-Relief Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream at night before I got to bed), there are a couple of ways to make the best of your makeup to get your skin bright and glowing.

Want to know how to put your best face forward? Read on!

Taken By Surprise Tutorial - How To Fake Flawless, Dewy Skin

1. Don't hide your skin! After cleansing, apply a purifying toner using a cotton pad then massage in your favourite moisturiser. Don't be shy with the application; a blueberry-sized dollop should be perfect for your whole face.

Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Cleansing Toner
Nivea Visage Young Control Shine Mattifying Gel Cream
2. Wait a minute or two after applying your moisturiser to let it absorb into your skin before applying a primer. If you have any dry areas, a primer will help smooth out your skin and your makeup will glide on. Plus it makes your makeup last longer; perfect for the combatting the cold, harsh wind!

TheBalm Time Balm Face Primer

3. For glowing skin, apply an illuminating liquid foundation. If it has a subtle shimmer to it, even better as that will reflect light, making your skin look brighter. Dot/stripe your foundation onto your face then apply using your fingers by massaging the product in with circular motions. I suggest using your fingers instead of a brush because the heat from your skin will warm the product, making it easier to blend, thus looking more natural.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation in "Soft Beige"
4. If you have any red areas/blemishes/etc., apply a liquid concealer to the problem areas and blend using your fingers. If you cover up any dark circles, don't forget to apply the concealer and gently pat it in using the pad of your ring finger - that area is very delicate!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "20 Sand"

5. Let your base settle in for a minute or two before applying your setting powder using a kabuki brush. If you apply your powder too soon after applying your foundation/concealer, the powder sticks to your base rather than sets it, causing that "cakey" look. Your face will look much more flawless if you try this tip!

Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in "04 Perfect Beige" (it shattered...)
Sportsgirl Brushed Up! Kabuki Brush
6.  Time to contour! Contouring gives your face some dimension, but we want to keep this look pretty natural. With a flat-topped buffing brush, apply your powder bronzer in a "3" shape - along your temples, under your cheekbones, and along your jawline. If you would like a full tutorial on how to apply bronzer, check out my post on how to bronze correctly.

Estee Lauder Soft Matte Bronzer in "Bronze Goddess"
7. Let's get cheeky! For dewy skin, I recommend using a liquid blush / cheek stain instead of a powder or cream blush. Liquids and stains blend easily and look really natural, plus they don't overpower your makeup. Just apply two little drops to each cheek and pat into the apples of your cheeks up to your temples using your finger tips. Don't rub!

8. Now for my favourite product for getting bright, glowing skin - highlighter! This is like liquid gold; a little bit applied along your cheekbones, under the arches of your brows, down the bridge of your nose and on your cupid's bow will do wonders for how bright your complexion looks! I like a liquid highlighter personally, but you can also use a powder version (or even a shimmery champagne-shade eyeshadow).

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

From here I just added some liquid liner, inner corner highlight and mascara, and...

...that's it!

How do you ace your base? Maybe you have a great face product to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Great photos - that makes the explanation so much better :) Honestly I don't know so much about make-up & skincare but this post certainly made me learn something haha :p I have a very dry skin (especially in winter, like you said) so I'm sure this will be helpfull :) Thanks for posting!



  2. Cool pics and very detailed ^^
    You look like you have flawless skin already, I like using Tony Moly's CC Cream ^^

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! All thanks to makeup ;) x

  4. Your skin really do look super dewy and pretty!
    Definitely following your tips! :D

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  5. You look so pretty!! Your eyes in particular are mesmerizing! ;)

    1. Thanks Ty, that's so sweet of you to say! <3 x

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