Dry skin can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, especially when it comes to makeup application. I understand the challenges that come with working with dry skin, especially in Alberta with our insanely dry climate! Here are some of my top tips to help you achieve a flawless makeup look with dry skin.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
The key to combating dry skin is moisturizing. Make sure you are using a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and that you are applying it consistently (Morning and night!). Consider using a thicker moisturizer at night and a lighter one during the day to ensure that your skin stays hydrated throughout the day.
If you are finding that your skin is still feeling tight even after moisturizing, add a serum that has hyaluronic acid in it to your skin care routine. Apply the serum before your moisturizer.
Another item to add into your skin care arsenal (in addition to the serum and moisturizer) is a hydrating skin mist (check out Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Mist) or a hydrating toner (like Laneige's Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Revitalizing Toner). The skin mist can be used prior to makeup and post makeup for a refresh during the day.
2. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and allow for better absorption of moisturizer. However, it's important to choose a gentle exfoliator and not overdo it, as too much exfoliation can actually worsen dry skin. Consider using a chemical exfoliant, such as a product containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), as they are generally gentler on dry skin. Another great option for exfoliation is dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses a scalpel to gently scrape off dead skin cells and vellus hairs aka peach fuzz.
3. Use a Hydrating Primer
A hydrating primer can help create a smooth canvas for makeup application and provide an additional layer of hydration. Look for a primer that contains hyaluronic acid, which is known for its hydrating properties. A primer can also help extend the wear time of your makeup, so it's a win-win situation. A great one is MAC's Studio Radiance Moisturizing + Illuminating Silky Primer.
Another route that can help with dry skin is to use an oil primer like Danessa Myricks's Beauty Oil with Gold Leaf or Charlotte Tilbury's Collagen Superfusion Firming & Plumping Facial Oil. Use 2-3 drops all over the face (no more than that) after applying a serum and moisturizer. Pat it on to help it absorb into the skin especially over dry areas. Using an oil after moisturizer helps to seal in the hydrating products.
4. Choose the Right Foundation
When it comes to foundation, it's important to choose a formula that works well with dry skin. Look for foundations that contain hydrating ingredients, such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid, and avoid formulas that are too matte or drying. A dewy finish can be a great option for dry skin, as it adds a luminous glow to the skin. Stick to cream or liquid foundations and avoid matte foundations. Matte formulations can adhere to texture or dry patches on the skin.
5. Use Less Powder Products
Powder products, such as setting powder or bronzer, can sometimes accentuate dry patches on the skin. Consider using cream or liquid products instead, as they tend to be more hydrating and blend better on dry skin. Powder is great for setting foundation and concealer but it's important to use a light hand when applying and to tap off excess product before applying.
6. Don't Forget to Hydrate Throughout the Day
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Make sure to carry a water bottle with you and sip on it throughout the day. Additionally, consider using a hydrating facial mist (like the one mentioned above) throughout the day to refresh and hydrate your skin.
Dry skin can be a challenge when it comes to makeup application, but with these tips, you can achieve a flawless makeup look even with dry skin. By focusing on hydrating and nourishing your skin, choosing the right products, and being mindful of your application technique, you can achieve a glowing, radiant complexion that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful.