People always tell me I have beautiful skin. I don’t always see it, but when I think about it, I am reminded that I do many things that contribute to having nice skin. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. I drink tons of water every day. I wear sunscreen and follow my dermatologist’s five-step regime twice daily to keep wrinkles from forming and my rosacea at bay. I eat leafy green vegetables, and never go to bed without removing my makeup. I always say, if you do one thing every day to ensure your skin looks its best, let it be that you are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will naturally impart radiant skin. Well hydrated skin is always ready for makeup. Follow my simple steps below to achieve radiant, glowing skin.
Begin by washing your face and patting it dry. Skin should be slightly damp before applying moisturizer. The biggest mistake I see women make is that they skip this step and go right to applying foundation. This is not acceptable. This not only looks terrible; it will clog your pores. Even if you have breakouts, oily skin, or the thermometer is nearing 100 degrees – you need to apply moisturizer under your foundation. The amount you need will depend on how dehydrated your skin is. I like the skin to feel a bit damp to the touch before I even reach for the foundation.
There are so many choices when it comes to foundations. Spending money on a good one will pay dividends in the way you look and feel. One of my personal favorites is Vitalumiere by Chanel. It has an SPF and the formula is oh-so rich. Maybe too rich for some. In that case try Vitalumiere Aqua (the lighter version). The richer the formula the better applied with a foundation brush. I like to start in the middle of my face and blend outwards softening the edges as I go along. Remember less is always more – no need to slather it on or apply it directly to even toned areas.
With Vitalumiere, dewy skin is inevitable. Sometimes a little too much, so, I like to break it down a bit with my all-time favorite sponge – The Beauty Blender. Just dampen the sponge and dab and pat it directly over the foundation. This blends it seamlessly and leaves the most amazing finish. However, do not stop here. Doing so may leave you a little too dewy for your liking. Take a large powder brush and softly run it along your setting powder compact. Shake it out and brush gently over your t-zone being careful to avoid those areas that you want to look dewy (the high points of your cheeks.) This will help set the foundation and play down the dewiness in the areas where dewy doesn’t look good. You should be left with a subtle sheen at your temples and on the high points of your cheeks. Voila – dewy, glowing skin.
I certainly hope you find these tips helpful in your quest for creating a dewy finish to your skin. I would love to hear your comments and/or receive your feedback. Look for my next post coming soon, Concealer – The Good, The Bad, and The Bags!