Whether you’re always a little on the dry side or just need a quick moisture boost, we have all the information you need to still rock your makeup like a pro.
Pay Attention to Your Skin Care Routine
The perfect makeup starts with healthy skin. The more hydrated, supple and glowing your skin is, the less dryness you’ll experience from your makeup and lipstick (and the better it will look). For routinely dry skin, make sure you are using micellar water instead of makeup remover, a cream or oil cleanser (foaming cleansers and gels can be drying) and a rich moisturizer that suits your skin under your makeup.
If you’re normally happy with your skin, but just feeling a dry grip, you can up your hydration game with a moisturizer enriched with ceramides, fatty acids, and skin-soothing emollients to ensure dry spots get a little extra attention. Don’t forget to stay hydrated from the inside out with plenty of water too!
Lastly, skin dryness can can be seen on your lips and it can become a serious problem. Make sure to moisturize with a rich, soothing balm (there are even overnight lip treatments to try) and use a soft old toothbrush once a week as a gentle exfoliator to beat cracks and flakes before they start.
Learn the Prime Directive
Skimping on skin preparation is the easiest way to dried-out, unhappy skin and makeup that shows it. Keep skin smooth with a once or twice-weekly exfoliation, and harness the power of makeup primers to up your game. Not only do these add one more layer to help seal moisture in under your makeup, they can also help ‘blur’ fine lines, big pores and other little imperfections, leaving you a flawless canvas to build your look on. Shh… we won’t tell if you don’t!
You can achieve the same effect for dry lips with a special lip primer, or opt for a thin layer of shea butter under your lipstick.
Pick Your Products Carefully
Who doesn’t love a little multitasking? Creamy foundation and concealer add winter hydration, or try out a tinted moisturizer for lighter looks. If caking is emphasizing fine lines through the day (or drawing attention to flaky patches), steer away from powder totally. Experiment instead with a setting spray to keep your makeup supple and smooth. Use a damp beauty blender to gently push the foundation into your skin, adding a little more hydration and streak-free coverage. Slip a facial mist in your bag to keep up the glow through the day without smudging your look and you’re ready to rock.
Conquer Glowing Matte Lips Like a Pro
Matte lips are hot- but that tight, dry feeling and visible cracks are not. Matte lipsticks use less oil and more wax, which can emphasize dry lips. You, however, are now a pro at gentle exfoliation and have upped your moisture game to new levels. Finish with that lip primer, and be sure to line (nude and clear lip liners are available if you favor versatility) to avoid your color bleeding through the day. If your lips are really dry, use the liner all over your lips for an extra protective layer. Dab on a tiny touch of tinted lip balm if you feel dry through the day, and your matte look will be truly pro- and your lips ultimately kissable.
Creating the perfect makeup routine for dry skin is simple- if you know the secrets. A glowing winter awaits you with these dry skin makeup tricks, so go out there and shine!