How To Achieve That “Dewy Look” in Winter


| LAST UPDATE 02/01/2022

By Lia Thomson
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From Hailey Bieber to Bella Hadid, it seems everyone has hopped on the glowy skin bandwagon. And honestly, we can't blame them. Typically it all starts with the right moisturizer and works its way up to the best makeup products. Here's how to achieve this look -- especially during these cold winter months...

First things first, properly prep the skin. Celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek explained, "One of the first steps in achieving a dewy makeup look in the winter is to start by exfoliating and hydrating the skin properly prior to any makeup application. Skin needs to be prepped to achieve any degree of dewiness." By exfoliating, we help the dead skin on our face get removed. When this layer of skin is taken away, our serums and moisturizer are more likely to enter the deep layers of skin, giving us optimal hydration. Of course, though, exfoliating can be harsh sometimes, so try not to exceed doing this set more than 2 to 3 times/week. 

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Once we've applied our skincare, it's time to move on to glowy makeup. Fellow celeb makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen advised that using face oil will give that extra dewiness: "for extra radiance and glow, I love to add a drop of oil to the foundation and then apply it with a damp soft sponge." Mixing it in with a foundation will provide a more flawless and even finish. A sheer liquid foundation will also go best with this step. "Most foundations that have luminous or luminizing qualities tend to be more sheer to medium coverage," she explained.

Two tips that the celeb makeup artists told Vogue was to firstly use a hydrating facial mist as you apply the foundation because it "softens foundation and powder while keeping redness at bay and inflammation down." Reiss-Anderson suggested that you spray it onto a beauty blender rather than a regular brush since "it helps melt it into your skin for a seamless application." Last but not least, a glowy highlighter will finish off the dewy look perfectly. "Highlighter creams and balms are a must for the dewy skin look. I love adding these to the high points of the face, bridge of the nose, the cupid's bow, and sometimes even on the eyelids and lips," added Robert Sesnek. Once that's done, voila, you're all set!

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