January 17, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

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’s not the case. You’re already late for something at this point and we all know that starting your full-face routine all over again is not an option! The dreaded nose peeling, foundation flaking, concealer cracking — it’s all preventable. For those extra special moments when your dry skin refuses to behave, here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.

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It’s All in the Preparation

Begin your routine by using a creamy exfoliating cleanser like L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub, with gentle beads to sweep away any dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface.

2. 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. 

3. 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!

The RIGHT Formula

Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment (with flakes acting as tears!), 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.

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 that won’t crack.

Product Recommendations: Urban Decay Naked Skin, YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, Giorgio Armani Maestro Blush

Dry Skin DON’TS

1. Do not use your fingers to apply makeup, 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 Paper.

3. Skip the waterproof formulas as they suck out skin’s moisture, which will lead to flaking.

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

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.