We love a dewy finish, but sometimes it can be more shimmer than shimmer. We spoke with skincare and makeup experts to find the perfect balance.
Know what makes you shine
“When the skin is dry or there is a buildup of dead cells, light doesn’t reflect,” leading to dull skin, says dermatologist Dr. Anar Mikailov. The best way to break it? Add a mild chemical exfoliant with salicylic acid (if your skin is oily) or a toner or serum with polyhydroxy acid (if your skin is dry). Or choose a product with a combination of the two, like Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner ($34, sephora.com).
Add mega humidity
Yes, oily skin still needs a moisturizer, reveals dermatologist Dr. Jenny Liu. Why? Fat is an overproduction of sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces), not extra moisture. “When oily skin is dehydrated, it can lead to excess oil,” she says. Look for a lightweight, oil-free hyaluronic acid serum or moisturizer to help plump skin (our favorite = The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, $9, sephora.com).
Simplify your care
“Applying layers of products, especially if they all contain silicones, can make the skin oily,” says Dr. Mikailov. Instead, stick to a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen throughout the day. If you’re looking for an all-in-one product, Dr. Mikailov suggests a vitamin C serum. “This multi-tasking ingredient reduces dark spots, boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen, and brightens your complexion.” We love Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Oil-Free Moisturizer ($17, target.com).
Turn on the light
Once you’ve mastered your skincare, it’s time to add some sparkle. Here’s how makeup artist Renée Loiz does it: “Apply a golden liquid highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones and inner corners of your eyes, then layer foundation on top to achieve that lit-from-within look. .” Wonderful!
Be an expert in shiny glam
Give your skin a brilliant glow with radiance-enhancing beauty primers.
Apply a moisturizing highlighter to the high points of your cheeks, then blend.
Try: Undone Beauty Water Highlighter, $10, ulta.com
Add a sparkly touch under the arches. Sculpt the top of your brows with a matte tone for more structure.
Try: Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Duo Pencil in Light, $25, ulta.com
Boost brightness by gently blending a light-reflecting shadow on the inner corners of your eyes.
Try: Makeup by Mario Master Crystal Reflector, $24, sephora.com
Add a little translucent powder to oily areas of your face to balance the oil without stealing the shine.
Try: Wet N Wild Bare Focus Clarifying Finishing Powder, $4, ulta.com
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