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Is it a secret that I'm all about dewy skin? I think not. Today we're talking makeup as opposed to skincare because of course you want to get the foundation right, but the final aesthetic is also important, and this is how I like to achieve it...
In terms of prepping the skin for makeup, I don't often use primer but I do regularly reach for the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops* | £31 | full review. This is billed as a bit of a skincare-makeup hybrid as it does contain ingredient that are beneficial for the skin, but really for me this clear gel is more of an aesthetic glow-booster. It's hydrating and gives my skin a fresh, dewy, healthy look from within. I also think it's really important to find sunscreens that work well underneath your makeup. A personal go-to for me is Hello Sunday's the One That's a Serum SPF 45 Drops* | £20 | full review. This is a lightweight formula with broad spectrum and visible light protection that has a dewy (but not shiny or greasy) finish and never pills up under my makeup.
When it comes to complexion, I have a few go-tos that give my skin the look I want every time. When I want a really light coverage the Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum* (060) | £36 | full review | is perfect. It's essentially a really hydrating, dewy base with spheres of pigment suspended in it that burst and give a little bit of coverage as you work the product into the skin. Think of it as a complexion-booster; it's not much coverage but it will give your skin a healthy glow and even it out a little. For something a little more, I recommend the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser* (St. Moritz) | £34 | full review. This is still a 'your skin but better' product that will let your natural complexion shine through but it's just a little better at hiding redness and perking up your complexion, whilst still giving it a healthy glow-boost. For concealer, the Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener* (07 Deep Butter) | £19 | full review | is great! This is a lightweight, almost serum-like concealer with added skin benefits to hydrate the eye area. It's perfect for perking up tired eyes whilst still looking fresh and natural.
Let's talk highlighters; they can be used in different ways depending on the sort of look you want to create. The Versed Mood Lighting Luminous Glow Drops in Sheer Golden* | £16.50 | are beautiful for mixing in with your foundation or tinted moisturiser for a soft, warm, luminous skin look, though you can definitely pat it on over the top. It's not chunky or glittery or overly-metallic. My current go-to to use as a traditional highlighter is the Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Luminiser in Outshine | £21 | full review | but you can also mix this in with a liquid blush or bronzer to create a more luminous finish. This liquid highlighter is blendable, dewy-look and not too much. It doesn't give off that tin man vibe and it's a true light gold without a silver shift. It's just dreamy when it hits the light! If you want something more sunkissed for the summer then try the Refy Gloss Highlighter | £18 | full review. This is kind of like a creamy gel so you can apply it with a duo fibre brush for an intense, wet-look highlight or it's great for mixing in with products; just don't use too much because this stuff isn't for the faint-hearted! This warm bronzed shade will suit most skin tones from light-medium through to dark (I'd just say that possibly light and fair or dark and deep people might not love it).
Of course I'm all about the creams when it comes to bronzer and blush; I just love how natural and fresh they look on the skin and how they meld with my complexion products in a way I just don't feel like a powder ever could! In terms of favourite formulas and summer-ready shades: for blush I pulled out the Refy Cream Blush in Citrine | £14 | full review | and Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn | £15. The Refy blush is really pigmented so I dab it on with a brush using a stippling motion to build up that flush of colour in a controlled way. It goes on so evenly and has amazing staying power; I really wish it came in a few more shades because the formula is fantastic! I don't know how they make it look fresh and juicy on the skin whilst still having this kind of longevity, but they did it. I also will always have a soft spot for the Cloud Paints and my favourite shade for this time of year has to be Dawn. Dot a tiny amount onto your cheeks and this can be worked in with your fingertips to create a natural, long-wearing flush of warm orange-red. The Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer | £20 | is perfect for adding a soft, warm glow to my skin that's not too orange or too over-the-top.
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