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Luminous skin is worth touching with your fingertips.

Luminous skin is worth touching with your fingertips. Photo: Snapper

Dewy skin is up there with red lipstick as a runway staple, but there's a fine line between looking glowy and greasy.

"Summer is the perfect time to switch from a full-coverage foundation to a lightweight liquid for a sheer finish," advises make-up artist Victoria Baron.

Just remember, the key to keeping the base looking natural is to apply the product only to areas where the skin most needs coverage, such as the nose, cheeks and chin. Once you've got the skin looking even, Baron suggests blending a luminising cream or liquid along the cheekbones, temples, bridge of the nose and Cupid's bow to play up the high-points of the face.

A word to the wise: you want high-sheen, not sparkle, so steer clear of glittery highlighters and stick with a clear or slightly pearlescent formula (we like Benefit Sun Beam, $45, below) for a radiant glow, without looking like a disco ball.


Speaking of shine, there's an adage that horses sweat, men perspire and women glow - so to avoid looking over-glossy, keep a packet of blotting papers at the ready to keep excess oil at bay from trouble spots like the T-zone and chin.