It’s wedding season, you guys, and that means it’s time to rev up your beauty game! Dewy skin is still topping the charts as one of the most desired looks for spring brides and wedding guests alike (and — let’s face it — just about everyone else!), so we’re showing you how to take your wedding-ready base makeup to a whole new luminous level. Not only are we arming you with the best (+ easiest) way to fake that gorge glow, but we’re also making sure it doesn’t fade from the likes of warmer weather + long hours you’ll be pulling celebrating the big day with your buds. Scroll below for everything you need to know about getting a long-lasting, dewy makeup look you just can’t get ready without.
Step 1: Moisturizer + Foundation for Base
Airbrush-style makeup is the way to go for any day-long event you plan on attending because it will stay in place longer than any liquid foundation. Pro tip: for flawless application, spray the product onto a flat kabuki brush like this Keshima Flat Top Kabuki Brush ($13) rather than spraying the product directly onto your face, which can be more difficult to control. Once you’ve sprayed the product on the brush — we’re using Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Fair ($28) on Maddie — blend by tapping and sweeping in circular motions across your face and down onto your neck.
Step 2: Concealer to Highlight
It is best to use a hydrating concealer for an event where you need your makeup to last. A dryer concealer may tend to get more cakey and cracked throughout the day/evening, so a go-to here is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Ivory ($42). Apply your concealer under your eyes in a triangle shape — the fuller coverage will help make your entire face pop. Starting at the inside corner of your eye, apply small dots in a single-file line that ends at the top of your cheek bone and in line with the center of your eye. Dot the concealer up toward the outer corner of your eye to complete the triangle. Blend using a flat brush.
Step 3: Bronzer to Contour
It may seem counter-intuitive, but when you set out to get a dewy complexion, you want to steer clear of any bronzer that’s too shiny — if there’s too much reflection, your entire face will lack dimension. Instead go for a neutral bronzer like Benefit Cosmetics Dallas ($28). Apply along your hairline down to your temples, sweep along the hollows of your cheeks, then sweep back down onto your jaw line slightly, blending down onto your neck.
Step 4: Blush to Brighten
Smile! Now apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks (the round part of your cheeks when you smile) and sweep back toward your temples. This is when you’ll start to really enhance the dewy effect with a shimmering, natural-looking blush like NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30).
Step 5: Powder to Strategically Matte
Normally, powder would be your final step, but since we want the overall look to be dewy, you’ll apply it now! Use a translucent powder like Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Finishing Powder ($26) to the places of your face that have not been hit with bronzer or blush.
Step 6: Shadow + Liner for Depth
To brighten your eyes, highlight your brow bones and the inside corners of your eyes with a shimmering shadow that is a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. On Maddie we went with Virgin in Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54). Then, apply a neutral matte brown to the crease of your eyes like Buck in Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) add natural-looking depth. Stick with the Natural Bride feel by tight-lining both your upper and lower lash line with a waterproof eyeliner like Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Classic Black ($13).
Step 7: Mascara + Brows to Define
Go fairly simple on your eyebrows and clean them up a little with a brow pencil that matches your hair color best. Apply a couple coats of your favorite waterproof mascara to finish off your eyes, too.
Step 8: Highlighter for the Dewy Touch
For your final and most important step, apply an illuminating highlighter above your cheekbones back toward your temples, down the center of your bridge of your nose, directly above your lip in the center, and on the center of your forehead just above your nose. You want to use a highlighter that is reflective and that has the same hue as your natural skin tone. For Maddie we are using Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Face Highlighter ($26). To really seal the deal you can add a finishing spray like Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray ($30).
When it comes down to it, getting a perfectly dewy look is all about balancing the glossy and the matte. The touch of shimmer just under the brow bone and on the cheek pops because the eyeshadow and bronzer are flat. We couldn’t resist a glossy pink lip and textured hair to round out the luminous look.
What are your favorite products to help you get luminous dewy skin? Share in the comments section below.