How to Create Long Lasting, Dewy Makeup

Dewy skin has been a huge trend in makeup recently, but if you’ve got naturally oily skin like me, it can be a challenge to create the perfect dewy look without looking shiny. I love to wear dewy makeup and after lots of experimenting, I’ve found a way that to create a glow that lasts all day. Really, its down to good prep and the perfect mix of products.

Skin Care

The first step to a dewy look is definitely good skin care prep. Recently, I’ve been using products from the Ole Henriksen Balance range which is really improving my oily skin. Using a cleanser and toner before your makeup will make sure the skin is clean, smooth, and free of oil. Moisturiser is also really important as it will help make up to look good on the skin, and last better.



I always like to use a primer before my foundation as it helps to give a smoother base and makes my foundation last much longer. My favourite is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer which mattifies without feeling heavy or dry. As I only get oily in the centre of my face I concentrate primer in this area and smooth it outwards.


Finding the perfect foundation for your skin is super important. I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude foundation whenever I’m happy with a little less coverage but a gorgeous glow. For a non-matte foundation, I think this lasts really well. My other favourite is the Fenty Beauty foundation, which I’ve been using for well over a year now and I’ve talked about lots on this blog. It’s really long lasting, with medium coverage, and matte without looking dry. Other foundations I would recommend are the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, which is very similar to Fenty one but a little less matte, and the Too Faced Born This Way foundation which has good coverage and is great for natural glow as long as your skin isn’t too oily.


This is the step where I really amp up that dewy glow and a liquid illuminator is the key. I’ve been using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter by applying it over my foundation, keeping it to the areas where I would normally apply highlighter, like my cheekbones and browbone, although I tend it blend it a bit further out. I use my fingers to gently blend and it gives a very glossy dewiness without the shimmer from a powder highlight. Illuminator can also be used under or mixed with foundation for a more natural look, or for a stronger glow top it with a powder highlight.


Powder and Setting Spray

Setting your makeup well is the key to make it last all day. Although using powder might not seem like a good idea for a dewy look, by using a small brush and keeping the powder to areas that get oily, such as the centre of the face, creates a long lasting look while keeping the dewiness where you want it. To stop my face looking powdery or dry, I like to use a setting spray, such as Mac Fix+ or Urban Decay All Nighter, helps the powder to settle into the skin.

I’ve been doing my makeup every day like this recently and I really love it. I’d always thought that dewy makeup wasn’t for me and I had to use all matte products for my oily skin, but really its about finding the perfect mix of products that work for your skin, and carefully applying the right products in the right areas.





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