Makeup Tips for Dry Skin

February 21, 2014

Dry skin is never fun, especially when your trying to apply makeup on top of it. You try to hide your dry skin but you find that it doesn’t stay on or it makes your dry skin worse. Luckily there are some amazing makeup tips and products  that can really make a difference to your complexion.

Moisturise and prime
After washing your face, moisturise three to five minutes before applying makeup. After hydration add a drop of primer. The primer creates a protective barrier and helps the makeup stay fixed to the skin.

Remember that midway through the day your skin might start to feel dry again. Carry a moisturising mist with you.
We love: Derma E Facial Moisturizer Hyaluronic Hydrating Mist, which comes in a travel-sized bottle, like that can be sprayed on over your makeup. It helps your skin stay hydrated and keeps your makeup from coming off.

Use a foundation brush to blend a thin layer of foundation over your face to hide dry skin. It also adds a healthy glow. In this case less is more, so remember to apply a light layer. Try a tinted moisturiser but don’t skimp on your regular moisturiser. Proper skin hydration is important for dry skin.
We love: Urban Decay Surreal Skin Creamy Concealer and for extra coverage try L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Instant Age-Reversing Foundation.


Creams instead of powders
Makeup artists do not recommend people with dry skin use powder-based makeup because it cakes on and draws attention to lines and wrinkles. Cream-based makeup is usually better for dry skin, so look for cream blushes, instead of powder, liquid foundation, instead of powder, etc. Using a brush will give your skin a dewy look, instead of dulling  your skin.

If you need a touch-up during the day, there are finishing powders that are designed for dry skin, that will set makeup and leave you with an airbrushed finish.
We love: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder is light and perfect for a polished makeup.


Don’t forget your lips
With dry skin often comes dry lips, which can look cracked and dehydrated. To rid your lips of dry skin flakes try this homemade scrub. A scrub can easily be made with a mixture of honey, coconut oil and sugar. In addition to tasting divine, the mixture works wonders on your kisser. The honey and coconut oil hydrate while the sugar scrubs off any dead skin. In addition, you can also gently rub a wet toothbrush over your lips to rid them of dry flakes.

Opt for conditioning lip gloss or sheer lipstick for your lip colour. Don’t use matte lipstick or lipsticks with long-lasting formulas which are super drying.
We love: Laura Mercier Lip Silk, a sheer lip balm that acts like a lipstick and locks in moisture.


What makeup products do you love for dry skin?

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