How to Get the Perfectly Glowy, No-Makeup Makeup Look

chrissy teigenWhile we're all chasing the best, most effective anti-aging serums in an effort to turn back the clock, there's one makeup technique that can give you a fresh-faced glow in minutes -- the dewy skin effect.

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Yes, we're talking about that gorgeous, almost ethereal glow mastered by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen. And guess what? We're giving you a crash course in achieving it yourself with the help of Dusty Starks, director of beauty for Butterfli Me Makeup Studio in Irvine, California.

Starks stresses the importance of skincare, most importantly exfoliation, which she suggests adding to your regimen twice a week.

"You don't want to over-exfoliate because that can backfire on you," she warns. "You're trying to take away all of the dead skin and even out your skin tone. Sometimes when you over-exfoliate you strip the pH balance from your skin and it makes your skin get splotchy, leaving these little dry patch areas."

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Starks recommends the Delphine Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub and warns against using exfoliators that contain synthetic beads, as those can break and actually scratch the surface of your skin.

Next up, because you won't be using any powder for this look, Starks instructs applying a mattifier to the T-zone, like Delphine UltiMatte Instant T-Zone Mattifier.

"Dewy can turn into greasy if you start layering on a moisturizer, a primer, and a serum," she says. "This step is important because it will be used in the T-zone area where you don’t really want to illuminate your skin."

Now that you have the oiliness of your T-zone in check, Starks moves on to foundation application.

"It's important to go with something lightweight, which is why I choose a BB cream," she explains. "It’s like a tinted moisturizer giving natural coverage that your skin will shine through. You don’t want to camouflage your face. If you’re using something that’s too matte it’s going to go against what you’re trying to create, ultimately. This evens the skin tone, it primes and it’s oil-free."

Apply the BB cream all over the face and down the jawline. Starks like to use a dampened Beauty Blender for the application.

"It's great around the eye area if you have any discoloration, which most of us do," she encourages. "So it works as a concealer as well."

Your next step is applying an illuminator. Starks likes Delphine Illuminating Lotion in Movie Star as it’s a liquid offering an instant glow. "There’s no sparkle or glitter in it," she says. "I like to add it to just the high points of your face where the light naturally hits you -- so on the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, below the brow bone, and you can do it on the cupid’s bow, which is really pretty."

The Beauty Blender works well for this application as well. Using the point of its egg shape, dab the lotion on the cheek bones and blend it out.

"Pull your brow up and dab lightly underneath the brow bone with the tip and then on the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow," she says.

To finish off the look, it's all about color. Starks loves working with cream blushes because they're so movable and can also work double-duty as a pretty wash on your lips. Again, she loves her Beauty Blender for application, but if you don't have that tool, your ring finger will work just fine.

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"Tap it onto your cheeks and blend it up – the same places you would apply a powder blush. I like Delphine Cream Blush in Sweet Cheeks -- it’s kind of a rosy pink and very buildable depending on how strong you want the color to look."

Starks encourages the idea that it's easier to build color and shine than it is to take it away. So start with less and build upon your makeup if you want a more intense look.

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