Guys, my skin is OILY. I’m talking make up sliding off of my nose an hour after application kind of oily, and that’s fine. We can combat that with a good base and matte products which is great. However, if you’re like me then sometimes you just don’t want a full face of heavy slap. You covet the fresh faced dewy goodness you see on Instagram. 

Here I’m going to share with you some tips, tricks and products I’ve picked up in my search for a glowy complexion and hopefully they will work for you too!

Just a quick disclaimer, I’m not an MUA but these steps definitely work for me and I am an oily disaster.


Hydration is KEY! I know that sounds bizarre because when you have oily skin it feels like the last thing you might need but trust me.

Drink plenty of water. 6-8 glasses a day is the current recommendation and it is so vital so your overall health and well being. I like to add a couple of slices of lemon to mine to give it a little extra something.

Hyaluronic Acid is also something you might want to think about. I know that sounds scary but I explain exactly what it is and the benefits of adding it to your skincare routine HERE.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of brands on the HA bandwagon now so you can purchase anything from a toner to serums and even a refreshing facial mist. The choice is yours. A good skincare routine is so important but does take a while to get to grips with as everyone has different concerns.


A good base and knowing what products to use is going to be your best friend. It’s taken me ages to work out what does and doesn’t work for me but I think I’m finally there and my advice is don’t be afraid to mix products.

Most of us aren’t oily everywhere. If you really think about it you’ll realise the problem lies within certain areas. Mine is my t-zone. 

Basically I use various products in different areas of my face. I know that my nose is my biggest issue so I use a touch of the PLouise Base (£10) to really prime that area before applying my foundation and honestly I haven’t found anything else that does the trick as well as that little gem! 

My favourite dewy foundation at the moment is the Revolution Conceal and Hydrate. It has such a beautiful finish and is a bargain at just £9. I apply this with blending sponge carefully to avoid anywhere I have just laid down my PLouise Base. I then go back in once I have blending all of the product elsewhere and apply the tiniest bit of matte foundation (the best I have found is the Revolution Matte Base) to my problem area to add a touch more coverage and cover the base. The trick with oily skin is less is more and to really take your time with blending and pushing the base and foundation into the skin. It really does make all of the difference.

You’ll then need to set it all. I’m still on the hunt for my ideal powder but at the moment I’m quite liking the Collection Primed & Ready HD Blur Setting Powder (£3.99). A little goes an extremely long way so please be careful! It’s slightly pearlescent so really helps to give your skin some life and stop it from looking flat.

Finishing Touches

These are the things that are going to make the most difference overall in my opinion. You’re going to need a bronzer, blush and highlighter. Any brand will do! I then highly recommend you check out this video by Jamie Genevieve for some application tips when it comes to these specific products because she has changed the game for me!

Finish off with a dewy setting spray and whilst your face is still damp I want you to apply a little bit more of your highlighter in the usually places but also to the top of the apples of your cheeks. This step is going to make all the bloody difference when it comes to getting that glow especially now you have your base down!

I hope you have found this post helpful! Fingers crossed you can take something away from it and be able to live your best life with the dewy skin of your dreams!

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