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!!

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 27-Jun-13 12:27:37

I have the least dewy skin in the world naturally, but have been pretty impressed with the Nivea tinted moisturiser - I use it as a foundation on top of my usual moisturiser. And the best thing - it only cost me about £4 smile

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 27-Jun-13 12:29:16

I use Garnier BB cream with either Benefit High Bean or the cheap superdrug copy on top, on my cheekbones. I find the beam stuff is what really gives my skin the dewy look.

GobblersKnob Thu 27-Jun-13 12:36:53

High Beam is great.

I am using and really like the Body Shop Vit E BB cream atm.

GobblersKnob Thu 27-Jun-13 12:37:36

Also drinking loads and loads of water and plenty of fruit and veg (if you don't already).

orangeandemons Thu 27-Jun-13 12:41:20

Bb cream works well. I have dry skin too and know what you mean about he dead look. I like bb because it adds the shine that everyone else wants to lose

inneedofrain Thu 27-Jun-13 12:44:40

Strobe cream will give a coconut dewy skin

I can't use it as I have oily or combination skin but it is fab

Vibbe Thu 27-Jun-13 12:46:23

Use a dewy finish foundation like Chanel Vitalumiere and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. And a highlighter that isn't glittery.

And don't use powder unless you need it, for instance on your T-zone.

Amazinggg Thu 27-Jun-13 12:55:11

Healthy mix serum £10, or if your budget can stretch YSL Touché Eclat foundation £27.

And don't wait too long between moisturising and applying foundation. Skip powder altogether, even if you feel a bit greasy at first it will look much better.

sweetheart Thu 27-Jun-13 12:58:55

I use girl meats pearl from Benefit mixed with my tinted moisturiser foundation and then also a bit of high beam too.

PoppyAmex Thu 27-Jun-13 12:59:08

Right, this has been my mission for the past few years and I've invested a lot of money time!

I was looking for that glow that seems to come from within (from years of good skincare and nutrition), rather than highlighting, glitter or shimmer.

I think I've tried every highlighter in the market. My conclusion:

This is the quickest way - must be dabbed not rubbed lightly on top of make-up. It's a miracle in a bottle.

This was years ahead of its time; you'd call it a CC Cream these days, but it's SO much better. It's like a moisturising cream with a weird pigment that suits everyone. It makes you glow, even skin tone and it's very weird that one colour matches every skin. No idea how it works, but there's a reason it's a classic and has a cult, loyal following.

Either of the above will achieve glowing healthy looking skin immediately without any shimmer/glitter/ etc.

I'm also trialling a Vichy cream for Red Magazine that's AMAZING, but it hasn't been released yet - I'll check the name and get back to you.

PoppyAmex Thu 27-Jun-13 13:00:43
YoniSingWhenYoureWinning Fri 28-Jun-13 05:51:52

Don't have kids.

EliotNess Fri 28-Jun-13 06:11:19

Vitalumiere by chanel

maristella Fri 28-Jun-13 06:16:35

I use the superdrug cheap version of high beam, it's very good.

NigellasGuest Fri 28-Jun-13 10:56:30

I use this from Clarins and I can recommend!
I'm tempted myself by the Chanel thing posted upthread but not sure if it goes under or over makeup -
What is the Superdrug cheapo version of High Beam? I love High Beam but if the Superdrug one is cheaper but equally good it's a no brainer...

therumoursaretrue Fri 28-Jun-13 11:10:22

Clinique Even Better gives me a really dewy, glowing look. Its designed for uneven skin tone but really gives a lovely finish. Benefit Watts Up is my current favourite highlighter.

Also agree that Chanel Vitalumiere is brilliant for this and Origins Vitazing is amazing but I tend to use it with powder for more coverage which takes the glow off it a bit.

othgraph Fri 28-Jun-13 11:16:22

Have you thought about a water spray? This Avene one is quite good.

You could always try the smaller size to keep in your handbag. Just spritz it over your makeup.

PoppyAmex Fri 28-Jun-13 11:39:18

"I'm tempted myself by the Chanel thing posted upthread but not sure if it goes under or over makeup"

NigellasGuest you can use it instead of make-up (if you have really good skin), under or over for max dewiness.

I found it works best over make-up; I use mineral powder, concealer and then the Chanel Le Blanc. The trick is to dab not rub.

Mintberry Fri 28-Jun-13 12:27:27

Try a BB cream, it made me look 'dewy', anyway. Although, it doesn't provide much coverage if you have uneven skin tone or blemishes.

EstelleGetty Fri 28-Jun-13 12:35:09

I have mega dry skin, and I love Kiehl's BB cream for a dewy finish, with a bit of Revlon cream blusher. A nice, rich moisturiser underneath too, like Avene's Extreme Tolerance cream.

NigellasGuest Fri 28-Jun-13 12:36:29

thank you PoppyAmex

SofaCanary Fri 28-Jun-13 12:40:03

I've just dug out my Decleor Iris oil and I've fallen in love with it all over again. A few drops on damp skin under moisturiser, 4 hours later I'm still dewy and moist blush...result!

Locketjuice Fri 28-Jun-13 12:59:19

Collection 2000 foundation smile

dontyouwantmebaby Fri 28-Jun-13 13:45:33

I'm over 40 with dry skin too so know exactly what you mean about that 'deadened' look with some of the products out there.

What has (surprisingly) worked for me lately is: Maybelline light BB cream rather than foundation and I used Boots Natural Collection blusher in natural glow (it comes in a little squeezy tube). I cover occasional spots with their 24hr long-lasting stick thing.

Gives me glowing, healthy and yes, dewy (!) looking skin. I use liz earle cleanse+polish, toner and moisturiser. I carry the toner spray version in my bag (this helps with the dewy look too).

dontyouwantmebaby Fri 28-Jun-13 13:46:14

oops the concealer stick is maybelline not natural collection.

QueenMaeve Fri 28-Jun-13 13:53:00

I love Benefit Holywood glow daubed over my make up, gives a real sheen

EliotNess Fri 28-Jun-13 14:36:02

Dry skin. Chanel vita is good. Also the bobbi brown one. Can't remember name

KikeriFreedomCastle Fri 28-Jun-13 14:45:37

I've had lots of compliments on my glowy skin recently. I put this down to regular use of my dermaflannel (from Bravura, to which I'm now converted) and Inlight organic daily face oil

Chanel aqualumiere is good for dewy look I've found, too.

cherhorowitz Fri 28-Jun-13 15:00:19

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation or Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation (both around £10) for high street or YSL's Touché Éclat foundation (£35) for higher end.

For a powder highlight use MAC Mineralized Skin Finish (I use Soft & Gentle) which is around £25 or MUA at Superdrug have a lovely very similar one for £3.

Benefit High Beam is great but for £2.50 onAmazon or in Bodycare you can get the Technic High Lights which is the same tone as High Beam and much much cheaper.

Use a moisturising primer such as the Nivea one (can't remember the name - about a fiver) and buff in with a stippling brush rather than a foundation brush.

Don't skip powder as you need to set your make up with something but use translucent powder sparingly over the cheeks and nose to keep a more natural shine.

tearoomtrash Fri 28-Jun-13 18:17:48

Vaseline dabbed lightly onto cheek bones, corner of eye socket and brow bone.

Claxonia Fri 28-Jun-13 18:27:31

Shiseido BB cream with MUA fixing spray on top. Sometimes with some MUA highlighting powder around the edges.

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Fri 28-Jun-13 18:28:00

Have just tried the new Elemis Illuminating Balm (there was a free 15 ml sample on the front of Red magazine this month). Love the stuff - leaves my skin looking dewy and softly-lit. Can use under make-up or mix with foundation. Smells gorgeous too. Works better on my skin than the Clarins flash balm. Agree comment above though about not having children...


chanel vitalumiere aqua. it is amazing and I have over 40 dry skin

Murraylover Sat 29-Jun-13 11:43:41

Boots no.7 BB cream

Laquila Sat 29-Jun-13 11:50:54

TERRICOVERLEY (hah!) I was just about to say the same thing about the Elemis sample - I'm using it as a highlighter on cheekbones/under eyebrows rather than all over, but it's very good. Smells a bit overpowering, but not actually unpleasant.

Other than that I'd agree with a strategic dab or two of Vaseline and would also recommend using an oil as a night cream (Neal's Yard Rose Facial Oil, Clairns Lotus or Blue Orchid).

SorrelForbes Sat 29-Jun-13 17:19:55

I use (in this order):

Estee Lauder Idealist (after my moisturiser)
Girl Meets Pearl
La Roche Posay BB cream or No7 Lift and Luminate depending on how much coverage I want/need
Benefit Watts up highlighter

Scarletohello Sat 29-Jun-13 23:51:08

Wow, thanks everybody! So many things to try now...

JeanPaget Sun 30-Jun-13 00:30:40

You've had loads of suggestions already, but I would second:

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, a primer
Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator as a Benefit high beam dupe.
Or for a powder highlighter, The Balm May-Lou Highlighter

Rulesgirl Sun 30-Jun-13 00:52:33

Olay 7 signs gives a lovely dewy look.

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Sun 30-Jun-13 01:32:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Frostybean Sun 30-Jun-13 02:00:55

Mischa chboyang BB cream No 1. Amazing. High Beam isnt really suitable for over 35s. MAC strobe is more natural.

lottieandmia Sun 30-Jun-13 02:21:05

It's important to realise the need to remove dead skin cells to keep skin looking fresh, rather than just putting products on iyswim.

Have you tried a microdermabrasion or a face peel? Both work wonders and skin looks fresher for the long term.

Kirky12 Sun 30-Jun-13 07:03:28

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser - literally a facelift / Botox for 40 plus. I never understand quite how it can transform my skin. Looks great with a good cream blusher too, MAC is great for that.

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)

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.

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.


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.

PoppyAmex Mon 08-Jul-13 18:48:06

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

soundevenfruity Mon 08-Jul-13 18:53:30
Branleuse Mon 08-Jul-13 18:59:00

coconut oil

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

Thanks poppy. I will try there smile

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

prettybird just curl them in once, like in this video:

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

Longer lashes can be curled several times along the lashes.

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

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

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

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

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

NARS Sheer Glow foundation

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.

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

Thanks for that bof!

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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 14:53:18

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.

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

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