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Dewy Summer Skin

Dewy Summer Skin
May 7, 2014 6 minute read

I consider this to be my forté. It’s known as the off-duty model look for its signature glowing skin and flawless complexion. Now is the time to master that perfect sheen and add some warmth to your face.

The Mask

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $55. I’ve talked about it before when discussing moisturizing. This creates an immediate glow, and I like to apply it at the start of the week as a pick me up for my face.


The Mist

To start off my dewy summer skin look I spritz a refreshing and ultra hydrating mist onto my face (after my sunscreen application of course). This will just enhance your glow before you apply any kind of makeup. I recently got my hands on Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist, $86 and have been using it constantly since purchasing it. I just know it’ll be my staple this summer. 


The Foundation

I usually only use a foundation in winter, when skin is a bit sallow. However, I didn’t find myself using them at all this past winter because my skin was hating the dry NYC conditions. So I just added dabs of concealer to problem areas and kept the rest of my skin clear and moisturized. It helped a ton. But now that the humidity levels are creeping back up I’m finding myself turning to a light foundation to create that even-tone dewy base. Right now I have two foundations on rotation on my makeup shelf: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15, $48. and Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation, $57. The Bobbi Brown Foundation is oil-free and has a medium coverage, and it looks like skin when you apply. “The formula lasts for up to 12 hours even in the most humid conditions and protects skin from future damage thanks to broad spectrum SPF 15 with antioxidant vitamins C and E” – perfect for summer wear! Bobbi Brown also has an awesome selection of colours to perfectly match your skin tone. Since I’m more olive/yellow/golden it’s usually impossible to find the perfect colour, but their Warm Sand shade is spot on as my spring/summer colour. The YSL foundation has survived 4 years as my top shelf foundation, and has a beautiful light to medium coverage. Of course, you all know about their Touche Éclat, well they incorporated the same technology into this foundation to achieve the illuminating result for the entire face. It gives a super glowy finish, which sets the tone to turn that glow into the perfect dewy skin later on. Plus, I used it for my wedding makeup and it didn’t budge at all!

The Concealer

For any spots I use Lancôme’s Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer, $30. I even use it for dark circles when I’m giving my RMS “Un” Cover-Up, $36 a break. I absolutely love the texture and the skin-like finish, and the formula is both light enough to disappear into your complexion and heavy enough to cover a pimple. Plus, it’s “enriched with a hydrating botanical complex, anti-oxidant protection, and light-diverting agents.” I think it’s comparable to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29 that everyone and their mother are using. The Nars concealer is ok, but I find their shade selection and the watery coverage to be a little subpar for what you’re paying.

The Blush

I’m really into all cream makeup right now, and they will save your skin in the hot summer. Anything powdery and dry will just melt off your face in the hot sun, so using makeup that will absorb into your skin is the key to keeping your look fresh all day. For me, it’s RMS’s Lip2Cheek, $36 in Modest. It gives the most beautiful natural flush. I lightly cover the tip of my middle finger with it and apply to the apples of my cheeks and blend outwards to the hairline.

The Highlighter

Of course, RMS Living Luminizer, $38. This look is not complete without it. I talk about how to apply it here.

The Contour

You’ve probably already picked up on a theme in my off-duty makeup choices, but RMS Buriti Bronzer, $28 is fabulous for contouring. Not only is it the furthest thing from those horrible sparkly/orange bronzers, it has incredible ingredients like “wild crafted Buriti oil, the highest oil in Vitamin A and Beta-carotene known to man, pressed from the nuts of Brazil’s moriche palm tree. This ultra-sheer cream bronzer […] gives the appearance of glowing, healthy, sun-kissed skin and nothing more.” It’ll warm up your face in that perfectly contoured bronzy fashion, which is perfect for summer. The how to’s of contouring are important (and need their own post), but basically you just want to apply under your cheekbones, along your jawline, and along your hairline on your forehead. Then BLEND like crazy.

The Eye Gloss

I like to rub a little RMS Buriti Bronzer on my lids and around the outside corner of my eyes.

The Powder

Just a light dusting of Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder, $34 using a thick powder brush on your t-zone will be enough to set it (set it, ladies, not mattify). Another one of my favourites is Clinique’s Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, $34. In the summer, I flush really easily and get a bit red in areas that don’t need to be red – this product has saved me from unwanted warm weather redness. I just lightly coat a large powder brush with this mineral power and dust over my t-zone. Remember, only use a little powder!

The Mascara

I’ve actually been going au natural on my lashes recently, but if they need a little something extra I’ve been reaching for my Maybelline Define A Lash Waterproof Mascara, $12 in Very Black. A waterproof mascara is key to avoid any sweaty-faced-mascara-running, and this one has zero clumping.

The Blotting Papers

There is a fine line between dewy and greasy and you don’t want to cross it. Having blotting papers on hand will negate the need to layer more powder on your face throughout the day. I like to use Tatcha Blotting Papers, $12.


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