The key differences between dewy and oily skin

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I love dewy, healthy looking skin. However, there is a fine line between looking dewy (a healthy looking glow) and looking sweaty/oily. Dewy looking skin looks far more natural in comparison to a matte finish. Our faces are naturally never fully matte and so by adding highlights and glow in certain areas such as the tops of your cheekbones, under eyebrows and your nose you can create that natural, healthy glow that most of us crave.

So what’s the difference between dewy and oily skin?

Oily skin will usually build up throughout the day and will be noticeable by touch or by simply looking in the mirror. Your skin will have a slight film to it and will look shiny, usually on your forehead, under-eyes and the centre of your face, between your nose and cheeks. Dewy skin will look matte in most areas and then a little glowy on the high points of your face.

How to strike a balance

If your skin tends to be a little on the oily side, investing in a mattifying moisturiser and primer will be ideal for you. Whilst I love dewy foundations such as this one, it’s still best to stick to a matte foundation and apply highlighter in the areas that you would like to add a little glow. My current favourite matte foundation is this one by Kat Von D. It’s vegan, cruelty free and currently on offer at Boots. Yay!

If you have normal to dry skin, hydration will be key to creating a non-sweaty, dewy looking base. My favourite moisturiser for this is can be found here. For that perfect, natural looking glow, my go-to foundation is Charlotte Tilbury. To add extra highlight to the face, simply add this product to any high points.

With both options, it’s really important to powder any areas that could look a little sweaty. My favourite powder is also Charlotte Tilbury and can be found here.

It’s also important to note that if you have naturally oily skin, even with a matte foundation, you may feel as though you look oily with glowing skin. This is normal. Wear it for a while (try it for a few days) to see if you like it before any big event.

The examples

Below, you can see a clear example of glowy skin on both matte and dewy foundations.

Dewy foundation and highlighter-

Matte foundation with a hint of a glow

Evie x

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