Makeup Monday: Dewy Makeup for Oily or Combination Skin

Since the dewy look is all the rage this season, here’s how to get the look even if you have oily or combination skin.

There’s a fine line between having a dewy complexion and looking like you have fallen headfirst into a vat of oil. As someone who has struggled for years with oily/combination skin and all the problems that come with it — blemish problems and redness —  I’ve spent the better part of my adult life trying to powder, conceal and mattify my face into submission. Trying to create any illusion of shininess was simply out of the question since my skin would shine on its own thanks to excessive oil!

Dewy look at the Lanvin Spring/Summer 17 show. Credit: British Vogue


Yet, in recent months, I’ve started to enjoy putting less on my face and embracing a more natural look. Inspired by the fresh-faced models on Spring/Summer 2017 runways such as Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Lanvin, Prada and Christian Dior, as well as Korean beauty trends, I decided to try out this simple look on myself, of course adapting the steps to suit my combination skin!

Step 1: Moisturise and prime your face with a mattifying primer. This is to prevent too much oiliness, especially if you already have oily skin.

Step 2: Mix in a few drops of facial oil with liquid foundation, BB or CC cream (according to your preference). If you have oily skin, you might freak out at the thought of adding more oil onto your face, but check out this list of natural oils which actually prevent oil build-up and help fight breakouts! Apply to face, preferably with a foundation brush.

Step 3: Add contour to create dimension to your features. Preferably, use a stick or creamy formula; otherwise, use a very light hand when applying powder contour.

Step 4: Dab cream or liquid blush onto the apples of your cheeks; choose a colour that looks natural and subtle against your skin. The cream formula will look dewy on the skin whereas powder blushes will look dull and cakey.

Step 5: Apply a clear or subtle shade of lip gloss. You can also slick on some waterproof mascara, but I would advise against applying too much makeup as your face will look too made up, which defeats the purpose of wanting the fresh faced look. .

Step 6: If you’re still concerned about looking too oily, very gently brush on some loose powder onto your oily T zone. Go easy with the powder, if not you’ll end up with a matte look.

TIP: If you want to add a sexy, Hollywood glow to your complexion, highlight certain points of your face such as the Cupid’s bow, tip and bridge of the nose and the chin. Use a liquid or cream highlighter rather than the powder version, and apply with a damp Beautyblender for best effect.

Check out this list for recommended products to use! Good luck!

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