Beauty Q&A: How Do I Get Glowy Skin Without Looking Too Shiny?

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Q: How Do I Get Glowy Skin Without Looking Too Shiny?

A: Now that we’re past those humid summer days, the dreaded Chia Pet hair frizz is much more under control. The downside, however, is that skin is not quite as dewy as it was in July (slightly sweaty skin gives you a just-finished-reading-Celebrotica kind of glow). To make up for it, use a lightweight hydrating serum (like Yes to Intensive Repair Serum) every morning after cleansing, which gets absorbed quickly and leaves skin with a subtle sheen. If your complexion is on the drier side, add on a moisturizer with a gel-like texture (like Alchimie's Yttrium Lights On, which is packed with brightening antioxidants, or Clarins's cult favorite Beauty Flash Balm). Because richer creams have a tendency to sit on the face and turn into a slick, greasy-looking mess when you start to sweat, application technique is key: Rub these products into your hands, then gently press them onto skin.

Finally, cream — not powder — blush is the best way to amp up that glowy look because it really looks like it's melted onto the skin. For the Theyskens' Theory show, makeup artist James Kaliardos gave models a dewy flush with MAC's So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend blush. (The fact that the show was held in the basement of the U.S. Post Office where humidity was at an all-time max helped, too.) "Just dab it on the cheeks then blend it out with your fingers," he said. "It's the easiest way to bring out that glow."