If your skin is scaling, itching or cracking while you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right place.
Dry skin can be tough – especially for the ladies who want to accentuate their beauty with makeup. Improper makeup routine can make your dry skin even worse and emphasize on the skin’s imperfections.
But don’t worry! If you have dry skin and want to look fabulous wearing makeup – there is a way!
1. Forget the powder
First and foremost, you should get rid of powdered formulas in your makeup arsenal. It’s best to opt for creamy or liquid foundations. A tinted moisturizer is also a great idea.
If you’ve applied some sort of powder on your dry skin, you probably know that it cakes up, making your skin appear cracked. It’s definitely not the look you’re looking for.
Creamy or liquid foundations, meanwhile, glide over the skin due to their content of oil, giving your skin that perfectly smooth look you’re looking for.
Bonus tip: apply foundation with a damp brush or sponge to create a smooth finish, never use the fingers.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Moisturizer is the most important part of skin care for dry skin. Without a proper moisturizer, you won’t be able to achieve a smooth look no matter how hard you try.
Before applying makeup, use a cleanser (special for dry skin) to cleanse the face. Then apply a moisturizer and let it sit there for about 5 minutes before getting on with your makeup routine.
Bonus tips: you may want to try applying a thin layer of makeup primer after moisturizing the skin as it would help create a smoother look as well as make your makeup last longer without flaking.
3. Smoothen out the lips
Dry skin almost always means dry lips. Since you’ve probably noticed that your dry lips don’t hold lip gloss too long, you may want to exfoliate your lips once every two weeks.
To do that, you don’t need to buy a special exfoliator. Chances are high that it’s already at your house: mix sugar and honey and gently scrub the skin on your lips.
4. Exfoliate the skin
In fact, exfoliation works great not only on the lips. It’s important to get rid of the buildup of dead skin cells on your dry skin that make your skin appear caked up when makeup is applied.
Use the same sugar-honey formula to gently scrub the face once a week. And don’t forget to moisturize the skin after all the scrubbing!
5. Travel-sized cheat
We – women – always can find extra space in your purses for pretty much anything. There’s one cheating technique you can do throughout the day to freshen up your skin.
Here’s how you do it: carry a travel-sized hydrating toner in your purse and every time you feel like your skin needs begins to tighten and your makeup begins to cake up, a few spritzes over your skin will do the job.
6. Don’t forget the eyes
When we say no powder in your makeup arsenal – we mean NO powder in your makeup arsenal, even for the eyes.
Opt for liquid eyeliner to avoid flaking in the eyes that you’d usually see after applying pencils and powders to the eyes.
Choosing the right liquid eyeliner can not only distract attention from any imperfections around the eyes (like panda eyes), but also help disguise fine lines and wrinkles.
Bonus tips: since you’re probably using mascara, throw it away after no more than three months of use, as it usually starts clumping by that time.
7. Diet, alcohol, hydration
These three factors – diet, alcohol, hydration from inside out – are equally important. Dry skin doesn’t just come out of nowhere – it’s most of the times the result of poor diet, lots of sugar, caffeine, tobacco, lack of water and many other factors.
Help hydrate and moisturize your skin from inside out: eat clean, lots of vegetables and healthy fats, cut down your caffeine and alcohol consumption, quit smoking and drink eight glasses of water every day.
8. Get rid of waterproof
If you see the word ‘waterproof’ on your makeup products, you may want to replace them with non-waterproof products.
Either you’re using a waterproof concealer or waterproof mascara, the waterproof formula sucks out all your natural moisture there, making your skin and eyes appear flaked.
Bonus tips: avoid too thick formulas as they tend to catch the dry patches.
9. Freshen up complexion
A dull complexion makes your dry skin appear even worse. That’s a fact. But you can easily freshen up your complexion by using a moisturizing foundation that is one shade darker than your actual skin tone.
Another way to freshen up your skin is to use a little bit of sheer bronzer on the skin.
10. Setting spray
Last but not least, if you’re used to applying powder to set your makeup, here’s a dry skin-friendly alternative for you: a setting spray, which helps moisturize the skin.
Hold the setting spray about 30 cm away from your face when spraying it on the skin.