Having dry skin can be a nightmare of a lifestyle! It can not only make you feel uneasy, but it can also ruin your daily face paint. Despite the dryness, there are numerous ways to keep your skin calm, hydrated, and glowing. Dry skin can wreak havoc on the appearance of your makeup. Getting that smooth and even complexion during the winter can be difficult, especially if you have dry skin that is also peeling or flaking. No matter how much you moisturize, it may appear that your makeup adheres to and emphasizes dry patches on your skin. So, if you’ve tried countless moisturizing products for face but still feel like getting a smooth and even makeup application is impossible during the colder months, we’ve got you covered. We enlisted some tips with the help of professional makeup artists to learn their most coveted tips and tricks for do makeup for dry skin. We will also cover some best makeup tips as well as some products like moisturizers or foundations for dry skin.
How to do makeup for dry skin?
How you prepare your skin before applying makeup is critical and can make or break the final result. In other words, applying a hydrating foundation to dehydrated skin will not work. Here are some easy steps to do makeup for dry skin:
- Use a hydrating cream or oil cleanser to clean your pores without stripping away the moisture. A great (and reasonably priced) place to start is with the Neutrogena Ultra-Light Face Cleansing Oil ($8.13).
- Exfoliate any dry patches with a face cloth and gentle pressure. This will remove flaky skin without causing irritation.
- On freshly cleansed skin, apply a hyaluronic acid serum.
- Apply your hydrating and rich moisturizer (with SPF for daytime).
- Apply facial oil to your face.
- Allow a few moments for the products to absorb into the skin.
Use a hydrating primer to add moisture to your skin
To begin your makeup for dry skin, first thing is primer. To be honest, primer is not always necessary. A moisture-locking primer, on the other hand, can be a game-changer for those with dry skin. The hydration layer can act as a barrier between your complexion products and any dry textures. This reduces the likelihood of foundation and powder clinging to dry patches. As the first step in your makeup routine, apply your primer after you’ve finished your skincare. Beginners should look for primers that claim to be hydrating, glow-giving, and “youth-focused,” and avoid anything that says “mattifying” or “oil absorbing” on the packaging. Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer is one of the best primer for dry skin.
Choose your foundation carefully
There are numerous high-end foundations on the market that claim to smooth and plump dry skin. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a good foundation. Mac Face and Body is one of the best foundation for dry skin. It’s still reasonably priced, but the hydration, skin-like finish, and buildable coverage make it worthwhile. And, hey, if you have reasonably clear and even skin, you can always opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream with a bit of oomph. A gel-based foundation or tint like this will glide over your dry skin rather than cling to it like fuller coverage, more mattifying products will. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are excellent ingredients to look for because they attract moisture to the skin. You don’t have to forego full coverage when using a light foundation! Over the entire face, apply a lighter-coverage-yet-super-hydrating foundation. Then, to achieve that flawless look, apply a moisturizing, full-coverage concealer where needed.
According to experts, the way you apply makeup can either help or worsen dry patches. When applying foundation to dry or peeling skin, use a brush or a pressing technique with a makeup sponge to apply it in one direction. You don’t want to rub the brush around the face (in different directions) too much because it can cause friction to the skin, which can lead to even more peeling.
Avoid “Glowing” formulas
Cassandra Garcia, a professional global makeup artist, recommends looking for hydrating makeup products, but be wary of formulas that claim to promote a glow. Make sure there isn’t any texture with glow particles in a glowy formula. Make sure the promised glow isn’t due to shimmer or glitter in formulas, which can add texture to flaking or peeling skin. Instead, look for formulas that are simple and increase hydration to provide a natural-looking glow. If you want, add glow or shimmer in other places with a highlighting powder or cream to avoid adding texture.
Opt for cream products
Cream products for blush, bronzer, and highlight can revitalize dry skin. While many powders are so advanced these days that they don’t necessarily aggravate dry skin, creams are still the best option. Creams with emollient ingredients and a soft, skin-like finish glide over dry patches and can even provide some light skincare benefits.
Apply cream blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, then follow with a rich and luscious highlight to add radiance. Glitter and large shimmer chunks should be avoided like the plague because they can highlight dryness and texture. My top blush pick is the Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color ($38). These are insanely dewy and come in the most beautiful colours. I use mine every day (the shade Cherry Blossom Babe). I love MAC Cream Color Base in Hush ($25) or RMS Living Luminizer ($38) for highlighting.
Face mist is essential
One of the most important makeup tips for dry skin to make your makeup last all day and avoiding dry patches or flakes is to keep a face mist on hand at all times. Using a refreshing mist to help set the makeup is the best tip to keep your makeup smooth throughout the day during the winter. A spray can be used continuously throughout the day without interfering with makeup and maintaining a smooth appearance.
Set your makeup with a spray
Unless absolutely necessary, avoid setting your foundation makeup with pressed or loose powder. Powder foundation can accentuate your dry areas while removing all of the glow and moisture you worked so hard to achieve. Because the under-eye area is prone to creasing, set your concealer with powder. Spritz a setting spray over the rest of your face to seal in your makeup and add one last layer of hydration to your skin. Look for a setting spray with a dewy or glowy finish.
We understand that finding the right foundation for dry skin can be difficult, and it can be difficult to remember all of the steps of makeup for dry skin while learning how to apply foundation. But with regular practice, you will become a foundation pro in no time.