How do you get that 'dewy' look..?

(70 Posts)
Scarletohello Thu 27-Jun-13 12:24:45

Ok, I have quite dry skin so all those foundations/primers that mattify the skin make me look deadened! Has anyone found any products, serums, primers, foundations that give you a lovely dewy look? Am over 40 now so need some help!!

noddyholder Tue 09-Jul-13 22:46:50

The bb cream i use boots age perfect is not like tinted moisturiser much thicker and better coverage

Vibbe Tue 09-Jul-13 14:53:18

The Asian BB creams are different as far as I can tell - BB stands for Blemish balm. But I haven't tried them myself, as I live somewhere where they are hard to get (and I don't want to deal with import taxes and so on).

But the Western ones are tinted moisturisers - maybe with a slightly higher SPF, but to be fair, you should be using 7 times as much of the BB cream to get the correct SPF protection.
The BB in Western BB creams stand for Beauty Balm.

They were invented in the 60's, but came to Asian markets some years later. A couple of years ago, Western brands started making some - but they aren't the same as the Asian versions.

prettybird Tue 09-Jul-13 14:21:37

I think BB stands for Banish Blemish and is just a supposedly special type of tinted moisturiser.

CC is Colour Corrector moisturiser and as far as I can make out is another type of tinted moisturiser - but on a continuum, closer to being a foundation.

Vibbe Tue 09-Jul-13 14:18:40

BB cream is basically just a tinted moisturiser. All brands do them now, and you can even get CC creams - which are also just tinted moisturisers.

Redlocks30 Tue 09-Jul-13 13:33:59

What is BB cream please? Can someone link for me, please?

Also-what is the cheaper Superdrug alternative?

Thank you!

noddyholder Tue 09-Jul-13 10:50:30

Face oil followed by bb cream just on the areas that need it

prettybird Tue 09-Jul-13 09:19:06

When I say short, I mean so short that it hurts to use eyelash curlers as there is so little to grasp. hmm

I had eyelash extensions done once - she nearly refused to do them as there wasn't enough lash for her to attach the extensions to. Took her aaages . Did like the effect though - but not going to get them done again, as the stinging when they come out was not nice. I also have quite watery eyes, plus wear contact lenses.

EliotNess Tue 09-Jul-13 06:24:33

Thanks for that bof!

ItWasLightCreamCheese Tue 09-Jul-13 03:30:46

Use Sudocream (or any other zinc nappy rash cream) as a primer under foundation or BB cream. Sounds weird but try it and see! I have little spots of psoriasis on my face hmm and the Sudocream smoothes it all out and makes me look all soft-focus and glowy.

ThePeppermintHippo Tue 09-Jul-13 01:09:32

NARS Sheer Glow foundation

BOF Tue 09-Jul-13 00:29:36

I think strobe cream is only really for girls in their twenties in music videos.

EliotNess Tue 09-Jul-13 00:23:23

I bought strobe cream. It's meh. Am I using it wrong?

Vibbe Mon 08-Jul-13 23:49:22

prettybird just curl them in once, like in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I49-yv7MB1U

The video also shows the difference - I think it's very visible.

Longer lashes can be curled several times along the lashes.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 08-Jul-13 23:41:11

Slather your face in oil...every night. Drink gallons of water, eat salmon and avocados, blueberries and leafy greens. Ditch sugar and work up a SERIOUS sweat four or five times a week (and then drink gallons of water). Go to sleep at 10pm every night. Take naps. Laugh.

soundevenfruity Mon 08-Jul-13 23:34:42

Sarah Vine recommended in her 50 products for over 40 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which is supposedly very good for the dewy look. It also seems it comes in different shades of dewiness. I haven't tried it myself so not a personal recommendation.

PlasticCups Mon 08-Jul-13 23:17:15

I have to say BB cream is the way forward. I love it. I have tried loads of them including really expensive ones and the one I always come back to is cheap and cheerful L'Oreal, for me it beats all the others hands down.

If I use normal foundation it dries my skin out, but BB cream is different, plus it seems to 'nourish' my skin.

prettybird Mon 08-Jul-13 23:12:38

Lash curlers only work of you have lashes that are long enough to curl hmmsad

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 08-Jul-13 21:29:15

Thanks poppy. I will try there smile

Branleuse Mon 08-Jul-13 18:59:00

coconut oil

soundevenfruity Mon 08-Jul-13 18:53:30
PoppyAmex Portugal Mon 08-Jul-13 18:48:06

Happy they definitely still make it; I got mine at John Lewis recently.

Vibbe Mon 08-Jul-13 17:56:22

TondelayoSchwarzkopf, powder is only necessary if you need it. If you don't, then don't bother.
I use powder (not always though), because my skin gets shiny and oily, and I don't always think it's a great look. But it's a matter of taste.

If I were you, I'd go for a foundation or BB cream (which is the same as a tinted moisturiser, as well as a liquid highlighter.
You can then mix the highlighter with your foundation/BB cream, and/or use it on the high points of your face.
I don't know if you have a blush already, but I'd get that too - flushed cheeks look youthful and lovely.

If you start with that, you should then be able to tell if you need a primer (there are many types - mattifying, moisturising, different coloured ones (green, apricot, lavender) and so on).

Another thing that's completely ignored by loads of people is a lash curler. Using a lash curler makes a massive difference IMO - opens the eyes, makes them look bigger and gives a more awake look.

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 08-Jul-13 16:17:01

Has origins stopped doing that vitazing with sheer tint release that poppy recommended? I have looked for it on their website, but only the origins vitazing moisturiser (no sheer tint release) is coming up.

Anyone?

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 30-Jun-13 10:21:15

Bookmarking and also asking the S and B jury whether powder IS really necessary?

Translucent powder increasingly makes me look like Miss Havisham so I have started wearing nowt over Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. But do I need it to "set" my make up?

It is clear however that I am well out of date on my products. BB cream? Primer? Illuminator? Where is an amateur to start? Any routines recommended for someone who doesn't want to overload my skin with product?

Also my tip for dewiness is to wear the right colours. The difference between me in a black versus cream, coral, blue etc is about 10 years.

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 10:20:45

It is really MEH that laura mercier thing
I fear it. like beauty flash balm, has an Emperor's new clothes thing going on.
I found it just like watery foundation.

try the Vitalumiere for real DEW
( lol at us discussing dew)

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