I Know I'm Late to the Party, but I'm Finally a Dewy Skin Convert

Hallie Gould

While everyone made the switch to dewy face makeup and wet-look highlighters, I stayed loyal to my mattes. "I don't want to look shiny," I'd say. I'd pile on and blend out thick, creamy foundation and take forever to get my concealer right. "I have terrible dark circles," I'd argue, "I need a lot of coverage." Only, I didn't. And I only began getting compliments on my skin after I gave all that up.

Applying makeup became a time-consuming struggle for me. It's not that I didn't love makeup (or use great products), but the layers of matte foundation, powders, and concealers felt like a chore. I either wore no makeup at all or worried about cracks and creases all day. My aha moment came a few months ago when I applied a full face of makeup in the bathroom at work. I had an event to go to and I wanted to look particularly good. I took one look at my finished work-creases around my eyes, a flat, dull finish on my skin-and knew I needed a change. Immediately, I washed my makeup off and started fresh.

Below, get to know the five products I applied and why they've become my new go-tos for dewy, glowy skin.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 $65Shop

Dewy makeup will only look good if the skin below it looks good-it's a fact. I've been using this lotion from Biologique Recherche for about two months now, which is also as long as I've been doing the glowy makeup thing. It exfoliates while nourishing the skin with botanical extracts and vitamins. Long story short, it has absolutely transformed my skin in the short amount of time I've been using it.

Becca First Light Filter Face Primer $38Shop

Formerly, I constantly made my disdain for primers known. To me, they always feel too silicone-y, too chalky, too heavy-just too much. That's because I only used mattifying primers under full-coverage foundation. Of course it felt like too much.

"This will change your opinion on primers," Faith, our editorial director, said as she handed me this lavender bottle. Becca's known for its highlighters and glowy makeup finishes (something I previously didn't care much about), but I thought I'd give it a go. I smoothed on the liquid (it looks violet but applies sheer) and immediately my skin looked energized. Light was reflecting from all the right places and my skin was blurred, shiny, and refreshed. Now I use it each time I decide to apply makeup to keep my skin from looking lackluster.

3Lab Aqua BB $100Shop

I don't think I'll ever be able to stop talking about this product. A fellow editor even said it looked like I had a "skin transplant" before jotting down the name of the BB cream in her phone.

The formula is enriched with rose water for long-lasting hydration, and it soothes your skin with lavender oil and provides shockingly lightweight color-correcting coverage (that even has an SPF of 40). It glides on so easily, looks dewy all day long, and covers any redness or lingering discoloration. How's that for the perfect product?

Rms Beauty Luminizer Quad $48Shop

As a devotee to the brand's Living Luminizer, I could barely contain my excitement when I saw the RMS launched a highlighter palette just in time for my summer glow-up. It includes four shimmery, buttery, dewy, glowy highlighting options that I rub all over my face-the inner corners of each eye, on top of my cheekbones, along my Cupid's bow, below my brow bone. I have not put it down since I first laid eyes on it.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist $20Shop

While this mist certainly isn't new, it'll always have a permanent spot on my vanity. I use it to prep, moisten, and add glow to my skin anytime, anywhere. I use it to dampen my Beautyblender, to refresh my skin throughout the day, and to hydrate when I'm feeling dry. It does it all.

Next up: Why I think I need to start using a neck mask.