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How to Achieve Wet Look Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 years ago | Updated
three photographs side by side of women with glossy skin

The weather might be a bit hit and miss at the moment, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to be. Achieve that summer glow with the latest makeup trend – wet look skin. Yes, we admit this is rather similar to glossy, dewy makeup, but wet look skin requires you taking that inner glow to the next level.

Think cream, liquid and gloss formulas, which help banish the dullness and improve the luminosity. You want to create radiant results which make your skin look like you're teetering on the edge of that just-stepped-out-of-the-pool look.

Sure, this isn’t for everyone. But here at Cosmetify we love nothing more than testing out the latest buzz in the beauty world.

So, keep reading to find out how to achieve wet look skin at home!


Of course, we all know skincare is the key to any glossy makeup look. The prep starts way before you pick up your beauty sponge, with a nourishing step like a sheet mask. This face mask from Garnier is the answer to all your dry and dull skin woes. It not only boosts hydration; it also helps brighten the skin and fight fatigue. Apply to clean skin and leave for 20 minutes for the formula to truly work its magic

Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Hydrating Face Sheet Mask For Dull Skin

Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Hydrating Face Sheet Mask For Dull Skin


For a moisturizer we love this staple from Weleda, which is the light version of their iconic formula. This formula feels lightweight on the skin but packs a punch with its hydration and glow-boosting ingredients

Weleda Skin Food Light 75ml

Weleda Skin Food Light


Makeup primer

Next up, you need a primer to smooth and prep the skin for an ultra-dewy finish. This Milk Makeup one helps you achieve just that, taking your skin from dull to glassy in an instant. It contains hemp-derived cannabis seed extract and blue agave extract, which plumps up the skin while ensuring your makeup stays put all day long.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer Mini Size

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer



For your base you want one of the best dewy foundations for glowing skin. So, look no further than the Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation. Apply with a damp beauty sponge, like this one from beautyblender, to get a gorgeous glowy finish. The foundation comes in wide array of shades to suit every skin tone, so you can easily conceal any pesky blemishes or redness for that even wet look.

beautyblender Original Pink

beautyblender Original

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation 0.5 Blanc

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation



Now here’s the fun part – highlighter! To achieve the wet skin look, you need to steer clear of powders and instead opt for gel, cream or liquid formulas. This Match Stix Glow Skinstick from Fenty Beauty is a fantastic option as it doesn’t contain any glitter or shimmer. Instead, it’s a universally flattering tone which creates a fresh faced, dewy glow. Just swipe and away you go.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Glow Skinstick Purrrl

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Glow Skinstick


Another great highlighter for the wet look makeup is the Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter. Wear this formula directly on the highpoints of the face or mix in with your foundation for an extra luminous finish. It not only gives you a dewy look, but keeps your skin hydrated all day long.

Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter Daze

Illamasqua Beyond Liquid Highlighter


Makeup setting spray

To finish things off you need a glow enhancing face mist. The Farsali mist is the perfect go-to option as it's a makeup setting spray AND a skin pick-me-up. Plus, it's a boujee makeup bag must-have item, thanks the 24k gold flakes and rosehip seed oil that deliver a hit of hydration leaving your skin looking oh-so-supple.

Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist 50ml

Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist


Still not sure if you should take the plunge with the wet look skin makeup trend? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some makeup inspo you can drool over too…

To stay ahead of all the latest trends, head on over to our Beauty Hub and check out everything you need to know about PIXI skin care and the 7 reasons you need to try no makeup.

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Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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