Dewy Makeup: The biggest trend in beauty

April 28th, 2010

Dewy makeup is the latest fashion for the face!

Eye makeup for brown eyesMakeup tips for brown eyes


This look was inspired by the Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Chloé and Gucci Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows. The key trends were dewy skin; soft, neutral eyes; and sheer lips.

To recreate this catwalk-inspired look, watch the video tutorial and follow the step-by-step instructions below:


1). Start by cleansing (a) and moisturizing (b) your skin.

Applying foundation with a brush


2). For a flawless complexion, apply a liquid foundation (c) to your face and eye area with a brush (d), then blend it into the skin with your fingertips.

Makeup artist tip! Foundation will help to even out your skin tone; however, it will only mask minor imperfections. Use a concealer in areas where you need more coverage.

Optional extra! For luminous-looking skin, mix a radiance booster (e) with your foundation before you apply it.

Concealer application


3). To even out the skin tone in your eye area, take some concealer (f) on a concealer brush (g) and apply it beneath your eye and onto the eyelid. Then, for a well-blended finish, pat it into the skin with your fingertip. Using the same technique, conceal the corners of your nose and any spots or blemishes.

Highlighter application


4). To brighten your face and accentuate your features, use a highlighter (h). Apply it to the tops of the cheekbones, down the length of the nose, across the Cupid’s bow (middle of the top lip) and onto the center of the forehead, and work it into the skin with a fluffy blending brush (i).

Eyeshadow application


5). To create a flattering eyeshadow base, wash a light-colored, peachy-brown, shimmery shadow (j) over your eyelid and up onto the lower brow bone with a soft, fluffy blending brush (k). Then, to make the eye sparkle, sweep it along the bottom lash line and into the inner corner with a small angled brush (l).

Applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line

6). To add more depth, take a mid-toned matte copper eyeshadow (m) on a soft, fluffy blending brush (k) and blend it over your eyelid. Begin at the top lash line, and using back and forth strokes, blend it up into the crease.

Makeup artist tip! Soft peachy and coppery hues work for everyone. They look natural on brunettes with brown eyes and dark skin, gorgeous on green-eyed, sandy-haired girls with freckles, and they make the irises of fair-skinned, blue-eyed blondes … pop!


7). To open up the eye, curl your upper lashes (n) and apply a coat of mascara (o). Then, work the brush through the lower lashes.

Hot tip! Because Lancôme Ôscillation mascara (o) separates the lashes and gives a natural-looking finish, it is perfect for the first coat.

8). For extra length and volume, add some individual false lashes to your upper lash line. For a natural effect, use longer-length lashes (p) at the outer corner of the eye, and shorter lengths (q) from the center inwards.

Makeup artist tip! So I can control the intensity of the look, I prefer to work from the outer corner in.

The steps!

a). To begin, squeeze a small amount of adhesive (r) onto a spatula and wait a few minutes for it to become tacky.

b). Then, using a pair of tweezers (s), pick up a fake lash and dip the root-end into the thickened adhesive (r).

c). Next, place it into your lash line so it adheres close to the base of your natural lashes. If necessary, manoeuvre it into position with the tweezers.

d). Keep adding more lashes until you achieve the desired level of drama!

9). So your natural lashes merge seamlessly with the new additions, apply another layer of mascara (t). For high impact, choose one that darkens and thickens the lashes.

Applying lipstick with a lip brush


10). To frame your eyes, brush your brows upwards (u), then take some powder (v) on a small angled brush (l), and using a series of short strokes, softly fill in the brow contour.


11). For a subtle hint of kissable color, apply a sheer lipstick (w) with a lip brush (x).


Bronzer application

12). For a gorgeous faux holiday glow, take some bronzing powder (y) on a large, fluffy powder brush (z), and using back and forth strokes and circular motions, blend it over your cheeks, temples, forehead and chin, and down the center of your nose.

Makeup artist tip! Applying bronzer to the high points of your face gives the skin that natural “just caught the sun” look. To avoid oompa loompa syndrome, tap any excess bronzer off the brush before you apply it. Build up color gradually; it’s far easier to add more than to remove excess.

By now you should be bronzed and beautiful! Step out and enjoy the compliments.

Makeup for brown eyesMakeup for dark skin


(a) Cleanser: Bioderma Créaline H2O Ultra-Mild Non-Rinse Cleanser for Normal to Sensitive Skin.

(b) Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream).

(c) Foundation: M·A·C Select in NW45 and NC45 (equal parts). Buy it online at:

(d) Foundation brush: Chanel Foundation Brush 6.

(e) Radiance Booster: Lancôme Star Bronzer Bronzing Highlighter in 01 Elixir Bronze.

(f) Concealer: M·A·C Studio Finish in NW40 and NW45 (equal parts). Buy it online at: and

(g) Concealer brush: Shu Uemura Eye Brush Synthetic 10.

(h) Highlighter: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in Shimmering Beige 02.

(i) Eye blending brush: Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush. Buy it online at:, and

(j) Eyeshadow: Peachy-brown shade (top right) from the Dior 5 Couleur Iridescent Eyeshadow palette in Parisian Lights 559.

(k) Eyeshadow brush: M·A·C Tapered Blending Brush 224. Buy it online at:, and

(l) Angled brush: M·A·C Medium Angled Shading Brush 275. Buy it online at:, and

(m) Eyeshadow: Copper shade (top right) from the Lancôme Pop n’ Palette in Pop n’ Copper 17.

(n) Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

(o) Mascara: Lancôme Ôscillation in Black.

(p) Individual False Lashes: Shu Uemura Flare Eyelashes in Brown.

(q) Individual False Lashes: Shu Uemura Flare Under Eyelashes in Brown.

(r) Lash adhesive: Duo Eyelash Adhesive.

(s) Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer. Buy them online at:, and

(t) Mascara: Diorshow Black Out in Black-Kohl 099.

(u) Brow brush: Chanel Pinceau Brosse Sourcils (Brow/Lash Brush #11).

(v) Brow powder: M·A·C Eye Shadow in Omega and Cork. Buy it online at:, and

(w) Lipstick: Dior Addict High Shine in Trendy Pink 376 and Collection Pink 566.

(x) Lip brush: Chanel Petit Pinceau Correcteur (Small Concealer Brush #8).

(y) Bronzing Powder: M·A·C Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden (buy it online at:, and and Clarins Bronzing Powder Compact in 20 Golden Sun.

(z) Powder brush: M·A·C Large Powder Brush 134. Buy it online at:, and

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11 Responses to “Dewy Makeup: The biggest trend in beauty”

  1. Ros says:

    Great looking girl. With LMM’s make up ideas she looks so glamourous and gorgeous. Most beautiful smile too. I will pass this link via facebook and my emails too.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks so much, Ros. You’re right, she is a very beautiful girl with a stunning smile.

    LMM x

  3. Kristen says:

    Love the look. Thanks for outlining the steps you followed. I’ll have great fun trying to replicate this for a fresh, summer look!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Squirrel Special Crease Eye Brush =-.

  4. How gorgeous is she?! I love the natural, dewy makeup look, myself and am currently obsessed with peachy blush!

    Thank you for your sweet comment about my Nikki.

    – Lindsay
    .-= Lindsay {Shrimp}´s last blog you can find me at | oh, hello friend =-.

  5. Little Miss Makeup says:


    You’re welcome. This look screams summer. Have fun replicating it!

    LMM x

  6. Little Miss Makeup says:


    Thanks for your comment. I can totally understand your addiction to peach cheeks!

    Sending you strength in your time of sadness.

    Love and lollipops
    LMM x

  7. farrah says:

    I have about the same skintone … a tad lighter … but similar undertones … will you PLEASE explain to me the concept behind mixing the NW and NC foundation … and I’ve heard that (for example) NW 45 is a darker shade than NC 45??? Is it true?

    Also, you mixed two concealer shades for her … NW 40 and 45 … but there is a shade NW 43 available in the market … would you rather use that if you had it? (I am assuming you don’t carry that shade since it’s not very common.)

  8. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi Farrah

    Simply put, the NW range of M·A·C foundations all have a warm tone (the lighter NW shades are pink-based and the darker NW shades are red-based), whereas the NC range of M·A·C foundations are cooler and yellow-based.

    When I shot this look, the model’s skin was tanned. Because she had been in the sun, her normal yellow/olive skin tone had warmed up and her complexion was sporting red undertones. So, I mixed two different shades of foundation to get the right color.

    Yes, NW45 is darker, and more red-toned, than NC45 (which is more yellow-based).

    Yes, I could have used NW43. For convenience, all my concealers have been decanted out of their original packaging into a palette. On shoots, I always mix various shades to get the perfect color match for each model.

    To warm up gray under-eye circles, which are common in dark, yellow-based skin, I usually apply a warm-toned (pink/red) concealer. However, to cover blemishes on the face, I typically use a cool, yellow-based concealer.

    Hope this helps!
    LMM x

  9. I really enjoyed watching the video. What a big transformation! This tutorial gives me a better idea on how to apply make-up. Thank you so much!

  10. Jade says:

    Astonishing work! I really like the outcome. Thanks for sharing the video as I’ve learned lot of techniques in applying makeup. Great blog. I’ll be looking at your other posts.

    Permanent MakeUp New York

  11. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Thanks, Jade. Pleased you found it helpful.

    LMM x

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