How to Achieve a Radiant, Dewy Make Up Look for Dry Skin

Last week we chatted about some of my must skin care products for dry and/or sensitive skin, and I thought that this week we could take a look at some of the make up products I’ve been loving that gives me radiant, glowing, and dewy looking skin.

Instead of going through each and every make up item that I use, I’ve picked out the ones that I feel put life back into the dullness that comes with having dry skin. I’ll also be adding in some little tricks that I’ve learnt from brand reps and work…

Before diving into these products, I just want to say that the key to great looking make up is great skin. Slapping foundation over skin that hasn’t had very much care isn’t going hide those sins… so always make sure that you start off with a great skincare routine that works for you. If you have dry/sensitive skin prone to a breakout or two, maybe you’ll find some helpful tips and items in my previous post?

Also, I want to just say that you can buy everything below in the Marks and Spencer Beauty Departments, or on their website if not.


Some people don’t bother with a primer, which is fine! There are no rules when it comes to make up.

What I do love to see is the amount of choice there is on the high street and online, targeting many different skin types and concerns. Of course for dry/sensitive skin we need to be looking for something that is perhaps going to help brighten, lift, reduce redness and add extra hydration - and the primer I have here to show you now ticks all of those boxes!

This Works - in transit camera close-up

This is a clever multitasker as it is a moisturiser, primer and mask all in one bottle. Once I’ve finished my skincare routine and given it time to settle in, this is my next port of call. I use two pumps and massage it all over the face and neck. It’s also worth noting that it’s completely safe to use on the eyelids/eye areas too, no need for a separate eye primer with this beauty. It does it all!

It gives you a boost of hydration with the Hyaluronic Acid, it calms and soothes the skin, it rebalances and revitalises with its caffeine injection, it even has a super blend of antioxidant plant oils to restore and protect your skin’s barrier, fighting against pollution and other external aggressors.

As well as having all of these wonderful skincare properties, it performs as a hardworking primer too. It leaves you with the most perfect dewy but not greasy/wet canvas and a slight amount of tackiness to it which will help grip onto your foundation, keeping it in place longer throughout the day.

With some of the primers I’ve tried out, I begin to notice that my foundation starts to break apart around my nose by the time dinner rolls around, but I can honestly say that I haven’t had that problem with this. Even if you have dry or dehydrated skin, you can still get a touch of oiliness around the T-Zone, confusing I know, but it’s true. I feel like the in transit primer helps to keep away that troublesome excess oil that can build up whilst at work, meaning no need to touch my make up back up on my break. More time to relax and eat!

It also smells lovely. Not overpowering, it just has the scent of good, clean skincare. But then this primer does have some wonderful ingredients in there including extracted flower oils so I guess that is to be expected.

You can grab this must-have 40ml bottle for £30, which is pricey but I truly believe in investing in good skincare, and I think a primer falls part into that category as well as a make up base.

Foundation, Oil and a Beauty Blender

I’ve grouped these three items together as they work hand in hand with each other. Trust me, there is a method to my madness….every now and again anyway.

Korres - Wild Rose Advanced Brightening and Nourishing Face Oil

Before working on a Beauty Department, I would never have thought about mixing an oil with my foundation. But the very lovely Dawn who is a brand rep for Korres introduced me to the idea.

Not only does it add a multitude of skincare properties to your make up, but it also prevents any oxidisation from happening - and if you’re as pale as I am, this is a huge win! Foundations tend to pull a little orange or pink as the day wears on…

This oil will also add a healthy glow to your make up look that you perhaps wouldn’t achieve from your foundation alone - not to the point where you look like a huge grease ball mind you, just a natural overall radiance that us with drier skin can struggle to find sometimes.

I find this product to help my foundation apply much better - smoother, silkier, and more naturally.

Now I’m not at all advising you to go out and spend £30 on this oil just so that you can mix a few drops of it into your foundation, I’d encourage you to see this as a multitasker like the primer above. I’m all about our products working hard for us, it’s just about finding the right ones. As mentioned above this Wild Rose Oil has a multitude of skincare benefits but I know that this is a make up post so I won’t go into too much detail, instead here’s a little taste:

  • contains stabilised oil soluble Vitamin C with superior skin penetration and absorption 1000% times better than pure ascorbic acid

  • brightening, anti-pigmentation properties

  • tackles dryness, locks in moisture, plumps, combats fine lines and wrinkles.

So for £30, you get a 30ml bottle that will work as a perfect mixing medium for your foundation, and as a treatment to add into your skincare routine - perhaps best on an evening. It also looks super cute on your vanity, a welcome added bonus!

Rosie for Autograph - Amazing Skin Secret Foundation

I sometimes feel as though the Marks and Spencer Autograph make up collection is overlooked, and truth be told there are some awesome products to be found within the range. However, the Rosie for Autograph proves very popular, it’s like an upscale version of the original collection. It looks pretty with it’s on - trend rose gold packaging, and seems to be featured on the regular in some of our favourite glossy’s.

So obviously I had to try it out for myself, and having being a hardcore fan of the Autograph All in One foundation let me tell you it was a little hard to tear myself away and try something new. I’m glad I did though, because I’ve been able to find myself a better shade match with this Rosie one.

It provides a low-medium cover when used with a beauty blender, but can be built up from medium to low-full cover when using a dense foundation brush. It has a lightweight formula even though it has an SPF30. This foundation has been created with luminosity in mind - so if you prefer a matte finish this isn’t the one for you. Well this whole post isn’t either really then is it haha! - I did use to prefer a matte finish before my skin became dry, so if you fancy seeing a post with all of my favourite matte products - drop a comment below.

I find more and more people asking me about which products are suitable for whom, which is great, I love that people are become more savvy and aware of what they are putting in and on their skin. With that being said, here is a little list of inclusivity with this product:

  • fragrance free

  • paraben free

  • alcohol free

  • suitable for vegans, suitable for vegetarians

  • cruelty free

  • suitable for all skin types, hypoallergenic

Sounding good so far right? You can pick up a 30ml bottle for £20, great value and in line with competitors as it is - but it’s always handy to have your sparks card handy for any offers that may apply *wink, wink!

Beauty Blender, or something similar

In my opinion I find the Beauty Blender to be way over priced. Don’t get me wrong, they get the job done, but so does a real technique blender… You don’t have to spend a fortune, there are so many different versions on the market. I wouldn’t even own one myself if it hadn’t been gifted to me!

Anyway, enough grumbling Leanne - get to the point.

Yes, I now love to use a damp beauty blender (or something similar!) instead of a brush. When my skin was in a bad state, I wanted full coverage and found that using a dense foundation brush was best for achieving that. Now that my skin - knock on wood - is doing much better and keeping clear, I’m enjoying a more natural, light look. I have found that a damp beauty blender gives me that.

I need to get one of those posh glass palettes that Tati Westbrook has in her videos to do this really, but I use two pumps of foundation, two drops of oil, and mix them together with the blender on the back of my hand. I find that this much product and with this tool is enough for the whole face and to blend down into the neck too. Less is more.

The sponge applicator provides a quick application perfect for on a morning before work, and I find that it presses the product into my skin for a smooth, even finish.


A little bit of blush does wonders to brighten your complexion up and bring back a bit of life to the face. Cream blushers are a brilliant idea for dry and/or mature skin, but to be completely honest, I still prefer a powder.

Pixi Beauty - Pixiglow Cake

This is a fairly new product from Pixi that I have been using on a daily basis since they were released. It comes in a choice of two colours, PinkChampagne Glow which you can guess from the name leans more pink, and GildedBare Glow which is more of a coral. I couldn’t decide on which colour to go for as they are both so pretty so I bought both.

These come in a palette form, with a gradient starting with a deeper bronze into a blush, then finally a highlighter. You can treat these as 3 individual products or swirl your brush over them to mix them up, I particularly like to swirl my brush over the blush and highlighter shades and use the bronzer separately as I am quite pale.

What I love about these GlowCakes is that even though they do add a glow to the face, they don’t leave you covered in glitter. I have found some blushers that are supposed to give you a glow just give you a sparkly and glittery face, which as I’ve got a little older isn’t really what I’m looking for, especially for a day at work! Not a problem with the GlowCakes though, I adore them and they’re getting plenty of use.

Each ‘cake’ is £24, and you get 24g of product.

Setting Spray

It has been a journey finding a setting spray to suit me. There are so many out there on the market, and it can be hard sometimes to know which one to go for. I feel as though I have finally discovered the perfect one for me, and it is one that I always recommend when at work…

Glamglow - Glowsetter

The thing that first drew me to this setting spray is the fact that it is alcohol free. After spending all that time figuring out skincare and make up items that are going to add back hydration, I didn’t want to be spraying a ton of alcohol all over the face drying it all out again. If you look on most ingredients lists on setting sprays, one of the first to be listed is alcohol. Not with the Glowsetter though!

It has a mix of green, white and red teas to help protect the skin from environmental aggressors, as well as glycerin and caffeine to hydrate, soothe and energise. I also love the spray on this component, it releases a super fine mist that doesn’t leave wet spots all over your make up.

The Glowsetter smells incredible too, very sweet!

I tend to use this before and after adding a highlighter, I just find that it helps get the absolute most glow out of it, then melts everything together nicely afterwards for a perfectly flawless finish.

It is another pricey product sat at £24 for 100ml, but I’m sure it falls in line with another very popular setting spray on the market, and to be honest this one bottle has lasted me months upon months, and I do use a generous amount!


Adding a good amount of highlighter to the face is one of my favourite steps of applying make up. It gives such life to the face, leaving you all glowed up and ready for the day ahead of you. I almost always get comments on my highlighter too, it never goes unnoticed!

Pixi Beauty - Glow-y Gossamer Duo

There are two choices of shades for this product, there is Delicate Dew which is the one that I have, and Subtle Sunrise. As you can guess by the name they come as a duo so you do have two different shades to play with, either use them separately or mix them together.

I have hit pan on the lightest shade as I love it so much and use a bucket load every time! Just like with the GlowCakes, this highlighter gives you an out of this world glow, but without leaving you full of glitter.

The texture is to perfection, it’s somewhere between a powder and a cream, very soft and very silky. You can build it up without it becoming powdery and heavy, it’s a fab formula - if you enjoy a highlighter, you definitely need this in your collection. I even reach for it more than my Anastasia Beverley Hills palette which is saying something!

They cost £20 and you get 8.3g of product.

You will notice that I don’t use an awful lot of powder, in fact the only powders I use are eyeshadows, blush and highlighter. I don’t use a setting powder or face powder anymore, as this dries my skin out more especially around the eye area where I struggle with fine lines/wrinkles. Even though I don’t set my makeup with powder I don’t find it moves throughout the day, that could be down to my primer and setting spray. In my opinion, powdering the face is only really necessary if you have oily skin, or if you prefer a super matte finish.

Well guys that brings us to the end of this post! Have you seen any products you may want to try? Remember that you can pick all of these items up at your Marks and Spencer Beauty Department or on their website. Are there any products featured that you already know and love? I’d love to know.

Thank you so much for reading,

Love, Leanne Xx