Beauty look: Dewy, glowing skin using MAC Face and Body foundation
The dewy, fresh faced look has long been a favourite on catwalks and red carpets around the globe. Famous celebrity fans include Natalie Portman – who played up her natural pregnancy glow at last year’s Oscars – and Hayden Panettiere, while swathes of models rocked the look at this year’s London Fashion Week.
It’s perhaps no surprise then that scores of new products – from luxury through to high-street brands - are hitting the shelves, all claiming to give you that perfect glossy finish. Yet despite these products and the look’s ongoing popularity over the years, it remains a tricky one to get right; there is, unfortunately, a very fine line between dewy skin and an oily, cakey mess!
So what are the best products for achieving this look? Read on to find out:
1. Mac Face and Body Foundation
I’ve always been put off by the slightly industrial look of this product but having run out of Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation a couple of weeks ago (a product I’m afraid I wouldn’t recommend) I decided to give MAC Face and Body Foundation (in shade N2) a try. The product (£25.50) is only available in standalone MAC stores, and comes in plastic bottles containing 120ml of the water-based foundation. The product is best applied with a stippling brush (I use the Real Techniques stippling brush from Boots, costing £11.99), which helps to provide a light, air-brushed look. The foundation itself is fantastic. Similar in finish to a tinted moisturiser but offering a little more coverage; when buffed into the skin the product leaves an incredibly natural-looking glow which lasts all day (I set the foundation with a little Clinique Blended Face Powder applied only through the t-zone, but this isn’t essential).
On close-up inspection, pores appear minimised, if not invisible, and skin looks like it’s been airbrushed to perfection.
However, for those of you who have a little more time, or who just like to experiment with a hint of colour, then the following products will add to this look further:
This is my current favourite bronzer. For a high street brand the colour pay-off is excellent and the product is long-wearing. I prefer to stay clear of too heavily shimmery bronzers when used with MAC Face and Body, so this mainly matte product, with a hint or iridescence, is the perfect accompaniment for this look.
Use the product with a tapered face brush (I use Sigma’s F25 tapered face brush) to contour the cheeks, and to sweep a light wash of colour over parts of the face which would naturally pick up the sun – the temples, bridge of the nose and chin.
To complete this natural, dewy look, I’d recommend adding a hint of blush to the apples of the cheeks. Cream blushers tend to be a little more sheer making them a good bet for further enhancing the glow of MAC Face and Body. I find that this product is best applied with the fingers, which melts the blusher slightly giving it an even creamier and glossy appearance.
The MAC Face and Body Foundation has such a good glow that using a highlighter with this product isn’t essential. However, for those wanting to play up the dewy effect even more, then a light dusting of Dior’s Amber Diamond highlighting powder across the cheek and brow bones can be applied with a small face brush. Alternatively I have heard great things about Jemma Kidd’s Dewy Glow product which I’m yet to try but which I plan to review next month so check back soon for this!