Mastering the art of makeup application can be difficult on a normal day, but when you have dried out, flaky skin, the process becomes that much more frustrating. You may find that your makeup is more visible when sitting atop dry patches, or that it settles into the nooks and crannies in your skin, making it again, that much more visible and cake-y. And we don't even want to talk about the struggle that is trying to apply lip colour onto parched pouts! No matter what the issue, dry skin is almost always an obstacle when it comes to beauty routines – until now!
Sick and tired of trying to make dry skin work? Read on to find out which types of products are best for dry skin, plus tips and tricks on how to best apply them to flaky faces.
MAKEUP TIPS: HOW TO APPLY MAKEUP TO DRY SKIN
PREP YOUR SKIN
First and foremost, you need to prep your skin with a serious amount of moisturizer. Makeup tends to sit on flakes, cake into dry areas, and highlight dry patches even more, so it's important to exfoliate your face before applying makeup, then apply a hydrating moisturizer in order to take away some of the dryness.
Once your face is perfectly moisturized, it's time to go for the foundation. To work the product into the skin around dry patches, try applying foundation with your fingers. Make sure to sanitize your hands first, then take the product and warm it between your finger tips, then press it gently onto the skin.
Choose a hydrating cream or lotion foundation – matte, powder, and oil-free foundations can tend to make dryness more pronounced.
When applying makeup onto dry under-eyes, it's important to use a primer to help create that smooth canvas on your lids and prevent product from settling into any dry cracks in the skin. Next, opt for a cream-based eyeshadow, and apply it over the primer base.
To build on the crease and contour your eyes, use a powder shadow over-top of the cream base. Your crease has natural oils, so it won't dry out as quickly.
Like the eye products, cream is once again the name of the game when it comes to your cheek products. Opt for a cream blush that will give skin a natural, dewy glow and disguise the fact that your skin is dried out. Apply blush with a dome-shaped, fluffy powder brush, and build the colour on slowly to avoid a cake-y look.
BRONZERS AND HIGHLIGHTERS
When it comes to bronzers, go for a liquid or cream option because it won't aggravate dried out skin. Speaking of aggravation, since dry skin is usually very sensitive, it's best to use fragrance-free, hypoallergenic cosmetic products on your face so as not to exacerbate the issue.
Since contouring and strobing has become a major must-learn technique in the beauty world lately, highlighter is an essential product to have lying around your makeup bag. When it comes to highlighters, creams and liquids are yet again the way to go. Using your fingers, gently pat the creamy formula onto the tops of your cheekbones, Cupid's bow, and down the bridge of your nose. The results? A gorgeous glow!
Chapped lips do not make for a smooth canvas on which to create a lip masterpiece. Start by exfoliating your lips to get rid of flakiness by mixing together olive oil and sugar and gently rubbing it on the lips. Once the flakes have been swept away, apply a lip balm and remove excess balm with a tissue.
After hydrating your pout, add a touch of liquid foundation to help create a base for the colour, then apply your lipstick. Be sure to choose a creamy, moisturizing formula and avoid matte lipsticks, which can have a drying effect and leave your lips feeling tight and uncomfortable.