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My Everyday Dewy Skin Makeup Routine

I NEVER thought I’d become the girl who just wears BB cream. I mean, I really loved my full-coverage foundation and found comfort in the way that it covered my scars, acne and any redness. But as I have gotten older, I am leaning more towards “less is more” and quite enjoy embracing makeup-free days. But for the days that I do wear makeup, I have found a dewy skin routine that gives my skin a natural and healthy glow that can easily be dressed up or dressed down for a more minimal, “no-makeup, makeup” look.

Want to get the look? Here’s how:

Clarins SOS Primer - By Megan KellyClarins SOS Primer

(shade: Peach and Universal Light)

I have been changing up my primer routine to suit the condition of my skin. If I am experiencing any redness caused from breakouts or hormones, or darkness under my eyes that need a little colour correcting, I use the Clarins SOS Primer in Peach which works to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone. If my skin is just dull and lifeless, I use the Clarins SOS Primer in Universal Light which boosts radiance and brightens the skin with a natural hydrated glow. These primers are new from Clarins and are designed for dull and tired complexions, to diminish the signs of fatigue and leave your skin looking fresh and revitalised. I haven’t always been the biggest fans of primers, but these are weightless, don’t add any texture to my skin, and are formulated with Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to protect the skin from environmental damage (acne, ageing and drying).

Available in 6 shades from Clarins at R400 each.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL BB Cream SPF50+ - By Megan KellyLa Roche-Posay Anthelios XL BB Cream SPF50+

Remember I mentioned never being a BB Cream girl? Well, this is the product that completely changed that! I have been trying a lot of La Roche-Posay lately, and am yet to be disappointed, but THIS gem is just next level and certainly worth the hype. In fact, it’s been sold out for months from what I hear, and I am hoping with everything that they replenish stock soon, because I am going to run out, and don’t think I’ll be able to find anything quite as good. La Roche-Posay’s XL BB Cream helps protect your skin from UV rays and contains universal micro-pigments which absorb into the skin while adapting to any skin tone. The result is fresh, moisturised and natural-looking skin. Sort of like, your skin, just better! They also have the Anthelios XL Tinted Dry Touch Cream which I also use, but I prefer the BB Cream for my dry and sensitive skin type, whereas the Dry Touch Cream has a more matte finish and is ideal for oily skin.

Available from Derma Store at R240.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - By Megan KellyMaybelline Fit Me Concealer

(shade: 5, 10 or 15)

To conceal and cover up these tired momma eyes, I have been loving the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I am completely new to the Fit Me range but if this experience is anything to go by, I am definitely missing out on their foundation and powder (which is REALLY frikken affordable!) The rest of my makeup is quite natural, so it’s important that I pair it with a concealer that is light-weight and wears well, without appearing heavy or cakey. What I like about using this concealer (and my BB Cream) is that I don’t need tools to apply it, I simply dot it under my eyes and blend, blend, blend! I use the shade 05, 10 or 15 to give my skin a brighter and more “awake” look which helps reduce darkness and hides any blemishes without adding extra texture.

Available in 12 shades from Foschini at R110.95

Elizabeth Arden High-Performance Blurring Loose Powder - By Megan KellyElizabeth Arden High-Performance Blurring Loose Powder

(shade: Translucent) 

Although I love the look of fresh, dewy skin, I also have to set my concealer so that it will last all day. Lately, I have been loving the new Elizabeth Arden High-Performance Blurring Loose Powder which can be worn on its own or used to set makeup. The formula boasts soft focus technology which leaves skin looking smooth and even. I use a small contour brush to ensure that I only apply the setting powder where I need it the most – mainly under my eyes.

Available in 3 shades from Edgars at R485


Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup - By Megan KellyElizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup

(shade: Golden Caramel)

I never thought I’d see the day that I’d find an alternative for my Elizabeth Arden 4ever Bronzer. I had actually misplaced mine and immediately ordered a new one but before it arrived, I found my original one, so I have a back-up! But recently, I was sent three shades of the Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup. Now, I have been struggling with the texture of my skin so haven’t really been able to get this foundation to work properly, but I was sent a much darker shade and before donating it, figured that I’d try using it as a bronzer. Oh, nothing could have prepared me for the glorious, warm and buttery glow that this formula gives. The unique bouncy gel formula provides a flawless and natural look that wakes up my tired and dull-looking skin. I really want to figure out how to get my shade to work for my skin type, but until then, I am loving using the darker shades as a bronzer that melts into the skin.

Available in 14 shades from Foschini at R485

Physician’s Formula Butter Blush - By Megan KellyPhysician’s Formula Butter Blush

(shade: Nude Silk)

I have such a love-hate relationship with Physcian’s Formula. I love the brand, like flippen love them… well, what I have managed to try. However, Dis-Chem have removed them from all the PE stores, so I am unable to try any other products from the brand. What’s worse is, I placed an order from Dis-Chem online but wasn’t able to receive anything because… they don’t stock the brand in PE. (I know, LOL!) Anywaaaaaaaaaaaay, I managed to pick this beaut up from the last of the PE stock and I hate that I love it, because now I just want to bathe in Physician’s Formula. This blush, like the ever-popular Butter Bronzer, is infused with Murumuru Butter, and gives such a gorgeous pop of colour. What I like is that you can’t really overdo it because the product almost absorbs into the skin, giving you a fresh wash of colour that looks hydrated, smooth and glowy.

Available at Dis-Chem, well, except if you live in PE.

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder - By Megan Kelly

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

(shade: The Sweetest Bling – Limited Edition)

You are probably sick of hearing me talk about this highlighter, but since purging my makeup collection this is literally the only highlighter I have and it’s majestic. In fact, this is actually my second one – yup, I finished one! I use a small brush to apply the highlighter to the tops of my cheek, nose and cupid’s bow for a brightening effect that adds just the right amount of glow. There is a good reason that the Wet n Wild MegaGlo highlighting powders sell out so quickly; the formula is finely milled, highly pigmented and remains to be one of the most affordable brands on the market.

Available from Clicks.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - By Megan KellyLa Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

To finish the look, I spritz the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water all over my face. This trick isn’t to make makeup last longer, but just helps to bond all the products together and makes everything appear more natural, hydrated and radiant. I suffer with dry and textured skin, so it’s important that nothing adds any extra layers, otherwise, my makeup looks cakey – nobody wants that. But since using the Thermal Spring Water after makeup application, everything just looks so much better. You can even spritz it on during the day to freshen up, after your usual skincare routine, or after gym – in fact, I have even used it on a nappy rash! It features anti-irritant, antioxidant and softening properties while also being soothing and refreshing.

Available from Derma Store at R150.

And that rounds up my current face routine. Most days, I leave the house just like this, but on days that I want to play around with colour and makeup, I add my eyeshadow, mascara, eyebrow pencil, and lipsticks to dress up the look. What do you think, will you be trying this next?

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  • kerry
    Posted at 07:49h, 09 May

    I am soooo keen to try the BB cream. Everything that I have bought on your recommendation I have loved so this is next on the list.
    I much prefer a BB cream or light foundation because I hate my face to feel cakey

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 15:49h, 15 May

      It’s an excellent option! Seriously!