It is hard enough to master the fine art of makeup application on a normal day, but when your skin is dried out and flaky? Well, let’s just say things can get ugly real quick. Sick of having your foundation sticking to your scales and your lips parched? Here are some few tips to help correct that. Read on to find out which products are best for dry skin, plus tips and tricks on how to best apply them to flaky faces.
First and foremost, you need to prep your skin with a serious moisture infusion, makeup tends to sit on flakes, cake into dry areas, and highlight dry patches even more. Before you apply any makeup, gently exfoliate your face to take away some of the dryness, then apply a hydrating, non-irritating moisturizer.
Need an extra boost of hydration? Apply a nourishing primer after your daily morning moisturizer, and before your foundation. Not only will it keep flakes at bay, it will help keep your makeup in place, too.
Now that your skin is a moisturized it’s time to add your foundation. We suggest applying foundation using the fingers, it allows you to work the product into the skin and around dry patches, rather than just brushing the product over top of them but be sure to wash your hands or sanitize them. Make sure you choose a hydrating cream or lotion foundation. Matte, powder, and oil-free foundations can tend to make dryness more visible.
If you prefer lighter coverage than that of a liquid foundation, you can find it in a hydrating BB cream. Burt’s Bees BB Cream is made from a blend of natural ingredients that include sunflower seed oil and noni fruit extract, leaving your skin feeling soft and plump all day long.
If you have dehydrated skin but still want to reap the makeup-setting benefits of a powder, try one from By Terry. It’s loaded with hyaluronic acid to help draw moisture into the skin
Chapped lips do not make for a smooth canvas on which to create a lip masterpiece. First exfoliate away flakes by mixing together some olive oil and sugar and gently rubbing it on the lips with a moistened cotton pad. Once the flakes have been swept away apply a lip balm and remove excess balm with a tissue.
Once you have hydrated your pout, add a touch of foundation, to help create a base for the color and then apply your lipstick. Be sure to choose a creamy, moisturizing formula. Avoid matte lipsticks, which can have a drying effect and leave your lips feeling tight and uncomfortable. Note that long-wear formulas (those that claim to stay in place for 12 hours or more) should also be avoided as they can cause drying, as well.
If you simply cannot give up matte lips though, reach for a lipstick that won’t accentuate any dry patches. There’s one from Chanel that feels like balm yet has a beautiful matte finish.