Take your face from greasy pizza to dewy fresh
April 9, 2012
Dewy skin is an essential look for spring, but if you have oily skin like me, it is easy to end up looking like a slice of greasy pizza that needs to be blotted with a napkin. Just when I think I am rocking the "dewy" look to perfection, I look in the mirror and realize the oil on my forehead and cheeks could soak through about four blotting papers. Talk about nasty.
There is a fine line between dewy-fresh and straight up greasy, but there ARE ways to get a healthy-looking glow – even for those of us who have naturally oily skin.
Proper skincare regimen. Scrubbing away dead skin cells is the first step to skin that glows. First, make sure you pick a face wash that is not overly drying, since this can cause your skin to produce more oil, making your "pizza problem" even worse. Next, use an exfoliant to polish away dull skin. Using a moisturizer made for oily skin is another surefire way to limit oil production.
Skimp on powder. You probably err on the side of caution and use a lot of powder to cover up shine and absorb grease. This method may hide greasy spots, but beware – it also blots out your skin's natural glow. Next time you take to the brush, dust just a bit on your forehead, chin and nose (the parts that tend to get the greasiest) and leave the rest powder-free.
Highlight and brighten. Some makeup artists recommend dabbing just a bit of Vaseline or lip balm on your cheeks for a dewy glow, but this only spells trouble for my naturally oily skin. Instead, I use highlighter to draw attention to the parts that should naturally "glow." Try a liquid highlighter, which is perfect for adding a touch of sheen right where you need it. I blend a dab of Benefit's High Beam highlighter into the apples of my cheeks, above my eyebrows and just above my lips.
You will also want to make sure your skin has plenty of color. Use a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and a touch of shimmery bronzer on your nose, cheeks and forehead, and you'll go from greasy pizza to dewy-fresh in no time.