The honey skin trend didn’t just catch on because of the Koreans. This makeup-sparing, skin-happy look falls right in the groove of 2017 beauty (read: minimalism). But one mention of “dewy” in this country sends up a slew of red flags, each one involving this question: “Won’t I look oily?”
For us, the difference lies in how your skin feels. If your face is glistening to the point of metallic and feels like it’s been marinated in E.V.O.O., then yes, you probably look greasy AF. On the other hand, dewy skin describes a luminous, nourished look that feels hydrated—not oily!—to the touch.
So, how does one do dewy right, apart from good skincare? The Seoulites suggest a skin finisher. Another SoKo import, skin finishers are lightweight, translucent powders that control oil without ridding you of your glow. Take Mizon’s Correct Skin Finisher, for example: a sheer pressed powder with shimmer laced into the formula. The finely-milled powder absorbs grease without “flattening” the complexion, while the shimmer reflects light, so it looks like you’ve strobed. Observe!

STEP 1: Swish the brush back and forth over the powder. If you’re very oily, you’ll want to pick up a significant amount.
STEP 2: Sweep the powder all over your face. Concentrate on the oiliest regions such as the T-Zone: namely, the forehead, nose, and chin.
STEP 3: The pièce de résistance is a subtle highlight. Glide a little more powder over the tops of your cheeks and down the center of your nose.
This particular skin finisher has an almost platinum color to it, but it’s completely see-through and leaves no white cast. It does leave a soft, satiny sheen—a more natural version of ultra-matte skin. The next time you find yourself thinking, “To dewy, or not to dewy,” you might want to give this a whirl.