The new trend that’s spreading like wild fire is the “Dewy No Makeup” look, which is a quite a relief for busy women who live life on the go. This look is simple to achieve and doesn’t require much time. However, in order to get the dewiness and minimize the cakey appearance, for that no makeup finish, there are a few critical steps that most people neglect. I’ll share some of my favorite products that will help.
First off, prepping your skin is essential. Start off by moisturizing before any makeup application. A great moisturizer I like to use is the Sephora Hyaluronic acid booster. Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient in moisturizers because it attracts and retains a lot of moisture, which will make your skin plump and reduce wrinkles. If you have oily skin, opt for an oil-free moisturizer and avoid the t-zone. An oil-free option is the Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 moisturizer. The eye area should also be prepped with an eye cream or serum. Pro-tip: Storing eye creams or serums in the fridge makes them cold which helps tighten the under eye area and reduce puffiness. RoC Retinol Correxion eye cream has retinol, which is a vitamin A derivative that is known to boost collagen production and reduce wrinkles. Lancome Energie de Vie Eye Serum is also a good option and comes with a roller ball, which is a must for those with very puffy morning eyes.
Once the skin is prepped, apply the foundation. To just even out your complexion use a tinted moisturizer with a stippling or kabuki brush. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer has an oil free option and comes with SPF 30. A full coverage option is the IT cosmetics CC cream, also with SPF and covers imperfections and feels very light on the skin (if you order from QVC you can get a free high quality brush for just a few dollars extra, the brushes are sold separately for around $30.) Next, put concealer under the eyes to brighten and hide any dark circles. Make a triangle under the eyes, fill it in, then blend it out with a damp beauty blender. Depending on whether or not you have dark circles, that will determine what concealer to use. If you have darkness, use the NARS radiant creamy concealer; it doesn’t cake up and it has great coverage. If you don’t have as much darkness, you can just brighten up with the IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Magic Wand or the YSL touché éclat.
For the finishing touches to give yourself some warmth and glow, add bronzer onto the cheeks and around the forehead, and blush on the apples of the cheeks as well. You don’t have to contour; you just want this to look like a natural glow. You can add some highlighter as well, but less is more for this look. If you’re pressed for time and want a great all-in-one option, I recommend the IT cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, which is a compact with bronzer, blush and highlight that comes mixed in as a gradient (if you order from QVC it comes with a custom brush to optimize application which gives you a sun-kissed look in seconds.)
If you want the makeup to last you throughout the day, I recommend finishing with some setting powder, especially if you have oily skin. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, or the Kat Von D Setting Powder are both good options. A little goes a long way because if you use too much it will make the makeup look cakey. You can also use a setting spray to add hydration if the setting powder dries you out… I like the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist. It smells amazing and adds some dewiness to the skin.
Optional: You can add a few extra touches to the eyes by putting on mascara, brightening your eyes with a nude colored pencil in your waterline (white pencil doesn’t look as natural, nude works better.) You can also add highlight on your brow bone and the inner corner of the eye to add some extra oomph and brightness.