Dewy-looking skin – that fresh-faced, clear-skinned look – treads the line between glowing and greasy. It is harder to get right than it sounds. Make-up tutors Anabelle Acquah, Chanel Biala and Clara Siry of popular YouTube channel The Pastels are committed to making seemingly tricky looks work for them, and you (they feel strongly about facial mist). Here, The Pastels show you how they achieve luminous-looking skin with their favourite products, without looking overdone or cakey.
If you have: medium/warm skin with gold/yellow undertones
Clara: My first step is priming with L’Oreal Face Magic. I apply it all over my face concentrating on my T-zone.
Next I use Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer in ‘Medium’ under my eyes, and then it’s onto foundation. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear, because it’s liquid and I get good coverage. I buff outwards when applying to make sure it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a mask.
Next is Benefit Sunbeam illuminator on the highest points of my cheekbones, my brow bone and down the bridge of my nose – I concentrate on those areas because that’s where the light hits naturally, so it makes my cheekbones “pop”.
Then I use Mac ‘Global Glow’ Mineralize Skin Finish, which I apply with a wet brush to set the liquid highlighter. A wet brush also really enhances the overall shine.
To finish I spritz some Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray on to prevent looking cakey. With this look, I prefer using golden tones because it suits my complexion more.
If you have: dark/deep skin with neutral undertones
Anabelle: My first step is the Givenchy Mister Radiant primer. It goes all over my face in circular motions until the product dissolves.
Next I also use the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, but in ‘Café’. I put it under my eyes in a triangular formation.
Next is a powder foundation, I use Ben Nye’s Luxury Powder in ‘Nutmeg’ and Revlon’s ‘Medium/Deep’ Powder Number 3. I put that all over my face and also a little under my eye for a bit of a highlight effect and so my concealer doesn’t crease as easily.
Next is to blush and contour, which I do on my cheekbones, jawline and my temples before I use a highlighter. The highlighter I use is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’, and it goes on the highest points of my cheekbones, the bridge and tip of my nose, cupid’s bow and then a little bit on my chin and temples as well, because I like to glow in the dark.
After my powder highlight I finish by spritzing my face with Mac Fix + Spray and the Nyx Dewy Setting Spray. The setting spray helps my face to look less powdery and helps the product sink into my skin more. It is also what I feel most contributes to the overall “dewy” look, and really makes you look like you’re glowing from within. Especially with a powder highlighter, it just makes the make-up look like it’s part of your skin.
If you have: light/medium skin with yellow undertones
Chanel: First I use the Mecca Cosmetica radiating primer. I use it all over my face so my whole face will shine.
Next I use the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer around my nose and underneath my eyes in a triangle formation. I also put it on my chin, which is to cover up blemishes but also because the Wake Me Up concealer has a shimmer to it so it gives it an extra little gleam.
Next is a Tony Moly Baby Aura Luminous pack, which is a powder foundation that really adds that “luminosity” to the look. Because I use a powder foundation, I like to use a liquid highlighter to avoid my face looking flat. I found this dope brand called MeMeMe ‘Beat The Blues’ highlighter, which is like a Benefit Sunbeam, but it’s not as yellow or pigmented.
Then I add a little Benefit Watt’s Up! for some extra glow. I really love the Watt’s Up! because it’s a cream highlighter so it feels very subtle, and it’s good for everyday. Like Anabelle says, it’s like you’re glowing from within.
To finish I use Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in ‘Brighten’, which has pink undertones and is kind of silvery so it compliments the rest of the highlighters. It’s always good to use a powder highlighter on top of a liquid one to set the liquid one in place.
Update on February 5: The surnames of the subjects have been removed at their request.