Your everyday makeup routine might include a bit of eyeliner and some lipstick, but special occasions and formal events are a time for you to go all out. You have the perfect dress, the right shoes to match. Now, it’s time to let your hair down and give yourself the glow up you deserve. Now you can create your glam look with traditional makeup as well, but airbrush makeup is easier to apply and more likely to give you a crease-free, photo finish.

Read on as we look at how you can get the perfect dewy makeup look with an airbrush kit and bring out the natural glow of your skin.

The Airbrushed Dewy Makeup Look Beginner’s Guide

The first thing to do when you get your hands on your airbrush kit is to understand how the device works. Since every airbrush kit is slightly different, make sure you read the user guide and safety instructions before getting started.

Step 1: Make Sure You Have the Right Shade

Before you even start building the dewy look, you need to match your foundation to your skin tone. If you’re buying an airbrush kit online such as the Luminess Airbrush System, you’ll receive a range of shades in your starter kit so that you can find the one that matches your skin. Depending on your skin tone, you might need to mix some shades to match your face.

Step 2: Evenly Airbrush Primer

Primer is the first and one of the most important steps of the dewy makeup look. It helps smooth out your skin and bring out its natural sheen. Add a few drops of the primer to your airbrush machine. Turn the device on and spray it back and forth, evenly covering every part of your face. Some makeup artists recommend using a matte finish primer to get a glowing look instead of a pasty, greasy one.

Before you apply the foundation, airbrush the concealer under your eyes to cover any dark circles and dullness. If you have blemished skin or other unevenness, this will smooth out any imperfections.

Step 3: Airbrush the Foundation

This is where you’ll start noticing the difference between your traditional foundation and the airbrushed version. Airbrush foundation has a lighter formula, and since you’ll be using less product on your face, you’ll get a smoother, less cakey look.

If the foundation appears to be slightly uneven, use a damp makeup sponge and gently dab it on your skin to even it out.

The key to getting a dewy look starts with a matte finish foundation. It creates the perfect, non-greasy base for you to add your highlight to and make your skin shine without getting slick and oily.

Step 4: Add Some Color to Your Cheeks

The dewy makeup look is all about accentuating your natural features so don’t go too crazy with the blush. Hold the airbrush nozzle a little further away from your face and spray on your cheeks. We’re just looking for a natural rosy tint, so stop once you see some color on your cheeks. Select a natural shade of blush, like pink or a soft red.

If you want a slightly sun-kissed look, airbrush on some bronzer, but select one without any shimmer. Airbrush it onto your jawline, hairline, and cheek hollows. A single layer or up to two coats are enough to give a tan glow without detracting from your natural skin tone.

Step 5: Highlight

If you really want your dewy makeup to pop, gently highlight your cheekbones. Again, we want to keep it natural so don’t be too heavy-handed with the highlighter. Make sure not to spritz it all over otherwise your face will look too flat and one dimensional. Add it only on your cheekbones for a gentle sheen.

This is one of the most important steps for the dewy look, especially if you’re using a matte foundation.

Step 6: Complete the Rest of Your Makeup

Glowing Makeup

Finish off your look with the right eye and lip makeup. For the eyes, go for shimmer eye shadows and blend them in. Neutrals and soft pastels like the Urban Decay Naked range are some good options. Soft colors look best for the dewy makeup look, but you can also go for something a little bolder like a cat eye or a smoky look depending on the event you’re dressing up for. Top it off with some mascara or false lashes.

For the lips, again, ditch the matte lipstick in favor of something with a little bit of sparkle. You can go for a metallic finish lipstick or a smooth finish gloss (make sure to keep the tube with you to make sure the glossy effect remains perfect throughout).

Step 7: Seal It In

Lock your dewy makeup look into place with a final spritz of setting spray. Make sure to select a non-matte setting spray so that you don’t waste all that hard work you just put in to get the dewy glow.

Why Airbrush Makeup is better for the Dewy Makeup Look

Airbrush makeup is very light on the skin and has hydrating properties that keep your skin clean, soft, and glowing naturally all day. The lightweight formula and the fact that you use significantly less product on your face as opposed to traditional makeup means that you’ll have a much thinner layer on your face with a lower risk of ending up with a caked, matte look.

If it’s your first time with an airbrush kit, make sure to do a trial run of the look before going to an event. This is particularly important because you’ll be using blush and highlighter and any mistakes with the airbrush nozzle will be hard to fix last minute.