Makeup tips for dry skin
If you're a dry skin sufferer make-up can be a challenge. It's either too matte, not matte enough, cakey, flaky, drying, shimmery or it just doesn't look natural. Don't fret yet because I'm about to share with you my top tips for make-up application on dry skin.
There's only so much make-up can do, so having a good skin care routine is essential. To wake up with well moisturised and healthy skin, opt for creamy oil-based cleansers, rich treatment oils and antioxidant-packed moisturisers in the evening. You can also use a gentle exfoliant and a hydrating gel-based facial mask twice a week.
In my opinion primers are a must. They keep make-up staying for longer and ‘set the mood’ for the rest of your make-up. For dry skin, use a moisturising formula like Face of Australia Face Base Primer or an illuminating primer like Benefit That Gal. Apply primer with your fingers and allow it to absorb fully for two minutes so your make-up doesn't end up patchy.If you are short on time, you can blot off excess primer with one ply of tissue.
When it comes to foundation, matte finishes are an absolute no-go zone. Rich, dewy, moisturising formulas are your best bet. Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation is perfect for giving dry skin that healthy glow, but if you're on a budget (or just prefer a demi-matte finish) Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation is a great option. When applying foundation on dry skin it's best to use your fingers as brushes can often micro-exfoliate skin, making the face look dry and flaky.
On dry skin I prefer not to use powder to set make-up as it can often look cakey, dry and unnatural. If you insist on using powder keep it strictly to the t-zone (forehead, down the nose and tip of the chin) and apply it using a powder puff instead of a brush to avoid micro-exfoliating the skin.
It's also important to add some finishing touches to avoid a washed out, ghostly appearance. Creamy blushes applied to the cheeks and blended up towards the cheekbones and liquid illuminators applied to the highest points of your face will help you look more polished and radiant. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink and Benefit High Beam are perfect for giving skin a healthy glow.
What is your favourite foundation for dry skin?