How to Wear Makeup With Dry Skin

Trying to apply makeup to your dry skin
is NO simple task! And once you think you’ve got a smooth application
going, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror on the way out and
realize that this is not the case. You’re already late for something at
this point and we all know that starting your full-face routine to get
rid of your dry skin makeup is not an option! 

The good news is: The dreaded nose peeling,
foundation flaking, concealer cracking — it’s all preventable.  has got you covered with proper dry skin makeup application!
For those extra special moments when your dry skin refuses to behave,
here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.


It’s All in the Preparation

1. Use a Creamy Exfoliating Cleanser

When beginning your dry skin makeup routine, first use a creamy exfoliating cleanser like L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub
with gentle beads. This will help to sweep away any dead cells sitting
on the skin’s surface. You want as smooth a canvas as possible to make
putting on your makeup easier.

2. Use a Fast-Absorbing Serum

Use a fast absorbing serum or oil like Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
in place of your moisturizer, so that the product can quickly work its
way into your skin, delivering immediate relief and hydration.

well moisturized face is crucial to applying makeup properly to dry
skin. You want your skin to look and feel like velvet, not sandpaper.

3. Use Primer

An essential step in prepping your skin for a flawless makeup application is primer. The creamy texture will keep skin moisturized and act as a “blur,” smoothing out pores and any imperfections. We love Lancôme La Base Pro!

A well primed face helps makeup glide on and look seamless, rather than getting stuck in dry patches on the face.

The RIGHT Formula

Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment, which is why liquid or light and creamy
textured makeup is the only way to go. Anything heavy or cakey will
almost instantly cause irritation and botch your beautiful makeup job.
Sticking to liquid bases is rule number one.

Opt for lightweight foundation
and apply it with a synthetic foundation brush since it’s gentle enough
to keep your skin from flaking. Then, use a damp Beauty Blender to
press makeup into your skin for a natural, dewy look.

The same goes for blush! Use a creamy compact or liquid stain instead of powder for added hydration.

Product Recommendations: Urban Decay Naked Skin, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Blush

DON’TS for Dry Skin Makeup

When applying makeup on your dry skin, do not use your fingers to apply
any product as they’ll absorb the much-needed moisture in your skin.

2. Stay away from powders, unless you must use a little around your T-zone. Go for oil-blotting sheets instead like NYX Blotting Powder. Excess oil will not lead to a more moisturized face.

Skip the waterproof formulas as they suck out skin’s moisture, which
will lead to flaking. Dry skin makeup does not need to be waterproof!
You should be able to easily wash your face off at the end of the day.

What are some of your makeup application tips for dry skin? Share in the comments below!

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