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How to Achieve Dewy Skin Without Makeup (Even During Winter)

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As if it ever left, a glowing, ultra-dewy complexion is back in, with everyone from beauty bloggers to runway models emulating the look. “The inspiration comes from the Korean beauty trend known as ‘glass skin,’ which basically translates to a poreless, dewy complexion that has been enhanced with a luminesce sheen or finish,” explains celebrity makeup artist, Geoffrey Rodriguez. “Compared to some of the other popular beauty trends such as contouring, or matte skin, which refract light and can look very heavy and artificial in natural daylight, ‘glass skin’ ultimately looks softer and perhaps therefore, more flattering.

The best way to achieve this youthful, glowing appearance? It starts with a focus on skin health: regular exfoliation, hydration, drink water, etc. “This trend is about caring for your skin until it strobes on its own and you don’t need foundation and primers to fake it,” says Alex LaMarsh, celebrity hair and makeup artist. “It approaches skin care as an indulgent experience rather than a duty.”

In other words, mastering “glass” or dewy skin starts with self-care. Ready to embrace your skin’s beauty from the inside-out? Here’s how you can get dewy skin that shines even in the coldest winter days.

  1. 1. Start with a quality cleanser
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    1. Start with a quality cleanser

    Bioderma Hydrabio H2O gently removes makeup and dirt from your face without the use of harsh detergents. Designed to easily alleviate dryness and dehydration, this micellar water is infused with fatty acid esters and fruit extracts that tone, cleanse and protect the skin's outermost layer.Key Ingredient: * Fatty Acid Esters: naturally help rebuild the skin's hydrolipidic filmKey Benefits: * Combines very high cleansing power and unparalleled tolerance * Cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes * Soothes, decongests and respects the skin balance * Produces a feeling of instant
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  2. 2. Follow clean skin with a hydrating toner
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    2. Follow clean skin with a hydrating toner

    Arcona Cranberry Toner infuses skin with antioxidants that leave it smooth and vibrant. A cleanser, toner and moisturizer in one, this skin toner uses phyto-nutrients, vitamins and essential fatty acids to clarify and protect skin against free radicals and other harsh
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  3. 3. Exfoliate once or twice a week
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    3. Exfoliate once or twice a week

    Luzern Laboratories L'Essentials Micro-Exfoliant polish and perfect skin with this luxurious exfoliating scrub. A rich-textured, ultra-gentle scrub with serious smoothing power. Combines micro-fine jojoba beads and an infusion of bio-Suisse certified organic botanicals to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve hydration, help clear clogged pores, and enhance luminosity.Key Ingredients: * Jojoba Microspheres: exfoliate without causing irritation or micro-abrasions, gently refining skin texture and tone * Organic Jojoba Seed Oil: rich in natural lipids that mimics those in
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  4. 4. Apply a rich serum or face oil massaged into the skin
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    4. Apply a rich serum or face oil massaged into the skin

    Formulated with a rich dose of hyaluronic acid and tissue-repairing vitamin B5, Hydrating B5 Gel restores and binds moisture to the skin for enhanced radiance, suppleness and comfort. Ideal for use with vitamin C treatments, this SkinCeuticals' formula maximizes the effects of your daily moisturizer, resulting in optimized results. Fine lines and signs of dehydration are reduced, and the skin takes on a smooth, bright and youthful appearance.Key Ingredients: * Hyaluronic Acid: a powerful humectant, naturally found in skin, provides hydration for younger-looking skin * Vitamin B5: an essential
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  5. 5. Before applying makeup, smooth on your favorite daytime moisturizer
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    5. Before applying makeup, smooth on your favorite daytime moisturizer

    Drench your skin with endless moisture with Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. This concentrated, 30% hyaluronic acid cream transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water from the clouds, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Oil-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free.Key Ingredients * Hyaluronic Acid: a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere * Ceramides: help lock in moisture while ProHyal+ helps improve
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  6. 6. Apply a hydrating mask once or twice a week

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  7. 7. Use an illuminating face primer
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    7. Use an illuminating face primer

    Becca Cosmetics First Light Priming Filter is an illuminating face primer that nourishes, hydrates and preps the complexion for makeup application. The violet-hued primer goes on sheer and uses Cool Light Technology to even skin tone.Key Ingredients and Benefits: * Prickly pear flower extract: Quenches and revives skin * Sodium hyaluronate: Hydrates and plumps skin * Spring water: Lends your skin a healthy
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  8. 8. Stay away from matte foundations

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  9. 9. Add a little extra glow with a luminizer and highlighter
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    9. Add a little extra glow with a luminizer and highlighter

    Enhance your skin with an exquisite glow using RMS Beauty's Peach Luminizer. Formulated without leaving a greasy or glitter finish, this cream highlighter awakens the skin with a light-reflective yet subtle look while skin-loving, organic ingredients nourish as they illuminate for a lit-from-within glow.Key Ingredients: * Organic Coconut Oil: extracted from fresh coconuts without the use of heat or chemical solvents, our certified organic, raw coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that helps soften and soothe the skin * Vitamin E: an antioxidant that helps protect skin and provides ultra
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Jenn Sinrich

Jenn Sinrich is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist in NYC. Her work can be found in Women’s Health, SELF, Reader's Digest, Health, PureWow and more. When she's not putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), she can be found traveling the world and discovering more about the big apple of a city she's always dreamed of calling home. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.