Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Foundation and Bases || Dewy and Glowing Skin

Dewy foundations and bases

Spring is edging closer and that can mean only one thing....time to switch up your make up and embrace the glow! In a recent post I talked about ways of keeping the shine at bay and achieving the matte look, now it's time for the dewy look!
I don't know what it is but we all want that dewy healthy glow in the warmer months, even for a oily/combination girl like me who hates looking shiny I find I'll swap my matte foundation and bases for ones that offer more of a dewy finish.

Even if I'm after a glow I still like to use a oil free base and mix in a highlighter to add a bit of sheen. The highlighters I like to use are Nars Orgasm Illuminator or Benefit's High Beam. These can both be used on their own on top of your foundation, along the cheeks bones, down the nose and on the cupids bow to highlight the high points of your face. Nars is a warmer pinky, bronzed highlight whereas Benefit's is more pale with a cooler toned iridescent sheen . If you want something a little more subtle you can use the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. This gives a very healthy dewy glow to the skin with no shimmer or glitter but more of ( as the name suggests) a radiant glow to the skin.

The drug store is awash with light reflecting foundations and ones that deliver a "glow" to the skin. The two I like to use are Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation which is medium coverage giving a fresh healthy finish to the skin. Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation offers a light-medium coverage, the "anti fatigue" formula contains tiny shimmery particles delivering a great dewy finish to the skin. The shimmer is very visible in the bottle but on me I find it's not transferred onto the skin when applied, making it look very natural and not disco ball like at all.
If you require a full coverage foundation, Mac's Studio Sculpt formula is gel like, delivering the coverage you need without looking too heavy and still keeping the face with a natural dewy sheen.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is the least shimmery powder from the series but still gives a soft air brushed glow to the skin, much like an Instagram filter. Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Powder is a mosaic of four different colours, finely milled giving an almost wet like sheen to the skin. I tend to use this on my cheek bones but used lightly can be used all over the face as a setting powder much like the Hourglass powders. 

What is your ideal product to create a dewy, glowing base?



  1. I seriously need that HG highlighter...

  2. I love the Rimmel wake me up, am liking the look of the Daniel Sandler highlighter though xx


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