Do You Prefer Dewy or Matte Skin?

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Let’s chat about skin, babe!

Quick, don’t over-think it! Dewy or matte? Matte or dewy? ๐Ÿ™‚

For everyday stuff and real life, I prefer dewy, because I think it looks more natural and less “done.”


But when I’m going to take pics, I definitely prefer matte. I just think it looks much better in photos — less shiny and not as distracting. It’s also easier on the pores.

But with shimmer, I still like to wear a little on my upper cheekbones, so even when I do matte skin, I can get a nice contrast between the matte and the shimmer, which I like.

How about you? Do you prefer dewy or matte skin?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Oh matte, definitely! I have oily skin and large pores, so when my skin glows it just looks extra oily and just not very attractive.
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    • Karen says:

      I feel ya on the large pores, girl. Do you do anything to mellow them out before you apply your face makeup? Primers or anything? I’m always looking for a new fix.

      Happy Friday!

  2. Gowthami says:

    I love dewy look for everyday and matte for photoshoots :).. btw you look stunning! xo Happy weekend <3
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  3. Ruchita says:

    I pefer matte with a bit of shimmer. When my face gets dewy, it’s more like shiny all over the place, which I don’t like. I alway have those oil blotting sheets on hand for touch-ups.


  4. Fancie says:

    I love dewy looks! I’m more on the dry side so I like to make my skin look all glowy and sexy
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  5. Lucy says:

    I prefer Matte as I get really shiny through the day anyway and am very self conscious of it, nothing seems to work! Plus I have quite large pores around my nose and cheeks so anything to not draw attention ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jacklyn says:

    Can I say semi-matte? I prefer to be more on the matte side of things, since I have combo-oily skin, but I don’t like to look too flat. Right now my favourite foundations for getting that semi-matte finish are Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and NARS tinted moisturizer, topped with a bit of powder.

  7. Natalie says:

    I’m on the semi matte bandwagon as well, I have normal to dry skin which looks best with a glow but not too much! Too much shine and I look awful!

  8. Telma says:

    Dewy dewy dewy!

  9. Allison C says:

    I like the idea of matte, but I find it’s too uncomfortable to wear. So I guess I’m on the semi-matte bandwagon, too. But since I wear either BB or CC cream most often, I’m mostly wearing dewy ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  10. Lauren says:

    Can I have a little of both (would that be mattewy? ha) I need matte for my oily skin but it can look a bit flat, so I like to use MAC Fix+ to bring a little life back to my face
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  11. Lauren says:

    Matte! I have combination skin so it drives me nuts when I see my chin or forehead all shiny ๐Ÿ™
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  12. Natalie says:

    Matte! All the way.
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  13. Sarah says:

    Um…so that TGIF picture with Tabs is just awesome! Exactly what I needed this Friday afternoon! Also the eye makeup look you have on is amazing! Would love to see a tutorial or list of product used?
    Happy Friday!

  14. Marisa says:

    Dewy, just as long as dewy doesn’t become greasy of course! l ๐Ÿ™‚
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  15. ericca says:

    I prefer dewy or atleast satinfinish foundation.However, summer is coming up, i think I will try a more matte foundation for photo if I can pry myself off of MAC face and Body.

  16. Tami says:

    Matte — I, too, have large pores and they’re oily.

  17. Jessie says:

    I prefer matte for sure! I already have very oily skin so dewy doesn’t work out for me. I don’t like to over do it with a matte look though- I don’t want that fake ultra matte powdery look! I’ve been looking for a new matte foundation to try and have noticed that hardly any (if any) of them have good-for-your-skin ingredients like a lot of the dewy foundations have. Not fair!

  18. Chelsea says:

    Love dewy looks, especially since I have dehydrated skin and it’s hard to achieve, LOL. However, my heart condition makes me sweat really easily, so, especially in the summer, I have to use mattifying products.

  19. Shekinah says:

    TGIF! Tabs is so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer Matte. My skin is a combination of oily + dry. I don’t think dewy will look good on me.

  20. hanna says:

    Dewy is just too hard for me to pull off.
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  21. LISA says:

    I’d love to have somewhat dewy skin but residing in dry, dry Northern Alberta, Canada it’s a non-issue as even in the summer it’s dry, dry, dry. Humidex? I’m sorry I don’t know that term? Ha! Every time I go on vacation the 1st thing I notice as I’m getting off the plane is the significant increase in humidity.
    I’m surprised I haven’t shrivelled into an prune by now (thank heavens for moisturizer)!

  22. Jessica says:

    Like the dew on the lawn in the morning. Dewy all the way! However, my go-to is getting a little harder because of changes in my skin with age. Leaning a little more toward dewy with a touch of matte these days. I like the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer over Cerave moisturizer for right now.

  23. Iris says:

    I prefer matte. Dewy looks a bit too sparkly for me. Once tried a powder with slight shimmer and didn’t like it at all.

  24. Erin says:

    I have large pores and old acne scars so about the dewiest I can go is NARS TM. I prefer a finish between them, sort of like a satin!
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  25. Anna says:

    I prefer the Look of dewy- but I need a foundation that won’t transfer/wipe off easily, and will not make my oily t-zone greasy.

    Because of this I wear more matte foundations, which are longer wearing. I would love to have a long-wearing, non-transfer, LUMINOUS foundation, but every one I’ve tried seriously accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. (any suggestions?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Sylirael says:

    I prefer what I call ‘light dewy’. So, not 100% matte, but not so ‘dewy’ that I feel I’m verging on just looking shiny. Not even oily, just shinier than skin usually looks.

    I guess I’m going for that elusive ‘luminous’ texture. ๐Ÿ˜›
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  27. sabitha says:

    a mix of both. i think if it’s too matte i tend to look dull since I have dry skin but I don’t like looking like a grease ball

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