Layla Mays

Do You Do Dew?

Photo by: Layla Mays
Model: Binx with AMAX
Makeup and hair by: Kirsten Kelly

Go ahead, ask your friends if they do dew. You may get varying answers depending on who you ask. Some girls may prefer not to do dew, but I think everyone should definitely do dew. They’d probably do it more often if they knew how to do dew… And I’m here to help all do dew that want to do dew!

So now I’ll show you how to do dew.

The impact of beautiful dewy skin is wonderful! It screams “HEALTH!” and creates an illusion that you’re freely romping around bare-faced, yet have naturally flawless, glowing skin, and who wouldn’t want that. BUT! I think that we can all agree that there is a dramatic difference between “dewy” and “oily”, so achieving that natural glow isn’t always as easy as skipping out on the powder and letting your oil glands do all work. For example, “oily” tends to have a wet look and can disrupt makeup that’s been applied. Gross! (Sorry Renee..) In the images above, I made up our lovely model Binx (represented by AMAX). Isn’t she stunning?! Her skin is glowing! This is a great example of “dewy” because it has a lovely sheen, as if being illuminated.

So, how do you do the dew? It’s really quite easy and just a matter of having the right product: an illuminator. Autumn is around the corner and winter will be (way too) close behind. Being able to create a fresh, glowing look is incredibly helpful in the colder months when skin tends to dry up and possibly look dull. But let’s be honest, healthy supple skin is always a good idea no matter what time of year it is. Based on what I did with Binx in these gorgeous shots, I’ve created a basic guide for all to recreate the sensation of dewy skin!

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FIRST: I cleansed, exfoliated and moisturized her skin. Creating a smooth, clean surface leaves a beautiful canvas for the following steps…

SECOND: *This is the where the magic happens* I used a brush (but your fingertips work too!) to apply a thin and even layer of MAC Strobe Liquid all over Binx’s face. This is technically a moisturizer that happens to be chocked-full of antioxidants which is a huge plus! You can easily add it to your skincare routine with the bonus of its visual elements. It is very light though, so you may need to use an additional moisturizer depending on your skin’s needs. The Strobe Liquid creates a visible pearlescent effect that will illuminate instantly!


LASTLY: I focused on her eyes, brows and lips while the Strobe Lotion set into her skin, then I applied a thin layer of foundation (a BB Cream would be great too) to smooth skin out without too much coverage. If you feel more “shiny” than you’d like (this is a personal preference) you can strategically dab loose powder to tame it.  If you do, aim for the top of your forehead, hairline and jawline, but avoid the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and above the lips. You want to keep the radiance alive, so try not to over-powder!

I love this stuff and use it all of the time. Do you have a fav highlighter/illuminator? Tell me, tell me! Im a product junkie!


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