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6 Steps for Dewy Makeup

While makeup trends continue to evolve, the ‘dewy’ look has an enduring appeal. Dewy makeup carefully balances natural beauty with radiant splendour, giving the wearer head-turning luminosity without compromising on longevity. While mattifying products have a time and place, dewy makeup reflects light to give all skin types a lit-from-within, healthy glow. In this step-by-step makeup guide, Armani beauty unveils the essential tools and products you can use to create your desired dewy makeup look to give you that enviable glow day in and day out.

6 steps for dewy makeup

What is dewy makeup?

When we use ‘dewy’ in the context of makeup, this is not to be conflated with ‘oily’ or ‘wet’. Instead, dewy makeup is about enhancing your natural beauty and giving your complexion a healthy glow without looking oily. Dewy makeup is particularly ideal for dry and mature skin types since it can help increase the look of hydrated, youthful skin. Glowy makeup and long-lasting radiance is achieved not only through your makeup routine, but by a deliberate skincare regimen that harnesses the power of cleansers, serums and moisturisers. This heavy-lifting combination helps to refresh the skin, remove impurities, hydrate and lock in moisture – essential components in crafting a beautifully radiant makeup look.

Makeup steps for a dewy complexion

There are a few key products you can use to help achieve your radiant makeup look: primer, liquid foundation, liquid concealer, blush, highlighter and a setting powder. To master a dewy complexion, we suggest using these products in the following makeup order:

  1. Prep your skin with a primer.
  2. Using a brush, beauty blender or your fingers, apply liquid foundation for unparalleled shine.
  3. Follow with a lightweight, liquid concealer on areas where you desire more coverage.
  4. Blend blush onto your cheeks for a natural, glowing flush.
  5. Sweep highlighter onto areas of your face that naturally attract light.
  6. Set your work with powder.

Keep reading as Armani beauty explores these dewy makeup steps in detail.

1. Primer

Once you have applied your skincare and SPF, the first makeup step in your dewy routine is to apply a primer. A primer is designed to prepare the skin for makeup, improving the appearance and wear of cosmetics. Many primers are also formulated with hydrating, skin-loving ingredients that care for your skin while enhancing radiance. Apply a small amount of Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer under makeup to help refine texture, boost radiance and create a supple base for foundation.

2. Foundation

Outside of prepping your skin, a liquid foundation is the fundamental pillar of any glowy makeup routine. A liquid foundation helps to blur imperfections while building incandescence and allowing your natural features to shine through. Available in forty shades, Luminous Silk Foundation is suitable for all skin types and tones, offering medium, buildable coverage with a lightweight, oil-free formula. If you’re seeking a more sheer, natural look, apply your foundation with your fingers. For flawless luminosity, consider using a damp beauty blender, or for the ultimate coverage, apply with a dense foundation brush.

Products for dewy makeup complexion

3. Concealer

While the goal of dewy makeup is to appear lustrous and fresh-faced, sometimes we still want to cover our more stubborn insecurities like dark circles, age spots or blemishes. The answer to this quandary? A lightweight, non-mattifying concealer like Luminous Silk Lightweight Liquid Concealer. This high-coverage concealer can be used to mask and brighten areas of the face to give you a confidence boost without diminishing your radiance. This formula is also infused with caffeine and vitamin E to minimise the appearance of dark circles and glycerin to offer 24-hour hydration.

4. Blush

A glowy makeup look would be incomplete without a dusting of colour on the cheeks. Using your favourite blush brush, sweep the Luminous Silk Glow Blush across the apples of your cheeks to mimic your natural flush, or apply to the high points of your face for more enhanced colour. This satin texture glides on effortlessly over foundation, reintroducing warmth and resplendence to your complexion. With seven flattering shades available, you’ll easily find the perfect colour to complement your skin tone.

5. Highlighter

If a foundation is the base for your dewy makeup, then highlighter is the peak of your luminosity. Highlighter can create a stunning point of difference in your makeup look, emphasising parts of the face that naturally reflect light. Use a blush or powder brush to evenly disperse the Luminous Silk Golden Glow Highlighter across the tops of your cheekbones, your forehead and the bridge of your nose. Next, take a dusting of highlighter on your finger and dab it to your cupid’s bow and the inner corners of your eyes for an iridescent glow.

6. Powder

Now that you have crafted your radiant makeup look, you can set your artistry with the Luminous Silk Glow Fusion Face Powder. A perfect companion to the Luminous Silk range, this long-lasting finishing powder seamlessly blends with the skin to sustain your natural radiance while blurring texture and the appearance of fine lines. This face powder works to prevent harsh lines, smears and caking – an indispensable product in your dewy makeup kit to stop makeup transferring throughout the day.

If you loved this glowy makeup tutorial but struggle with dryness, discover how to achieve a dewy makeup finish for dry skin.


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