10+ makeup tips you should follow if you have dry skin

Dry skin can happen to everyone. Whether is a constant problem or just a temporary one because of eczema or harsh weather, it can be difficult to get makeup looks just right. Instead of bringing out your skin's glow, you may be accentuating its imperfections, like cracked and rough patches.
Just because the skin is dry, doesn’t mean you can’t have a radiant complexion. Technique coupled with a few essential skin preparation tips before applying makeup can help you achieve your desired look and keep your skin looking healthy and fresh.
Here are 10 tips you should follow when applying makeup to dry skin.
1. Prepping the skin – cleansing
It’s important to remember that what is applied to the skin before makeup plays a huge role in how makeup will look throughout the day. For dry skin, the best way to set up skin for success is to create a skincare routine that treats dry skin to healthy hydration with nourishing ingredients. This way the skin will plump up and appear smoother and more radiant, with or without makeup.
Choose a cleanser with ceramides, natural lipids that help skin restore and maintain its natural protective barrier. Ceramides hold the outer layer of skin together by helping it retain moisture.
2. Prepping the skin toner
Look for a toner with an alpha hydroxy acid and apply this at night after cleansing but before moisturizing. Hyaluronic acid is a natural structural component of skin that again helps you retain moisture and strengthens your skin’s barrier. This works wonders on flaky skin and will have your face makeup ready in the morning.
3. Prepping the skin moisturizing, and exfoliating
Moisturizer with sunscreen is critical as UV rays can increase dryness. Try a moisturizing cream rather than a lotion as creams are thicker and more hydrating. Depending on your level of dryness, you can also use a face oil that contains hydrating nutrients like vitamin E. Apply this under your moisturizer to keep makeup from looking flaky or cracked.
When dry patches appear, it’s best to exfoliate them with a gentle exfoliator. A healthy habit of exfoliating, around three times a week depending on the level of dryness, can help to create smooth, vibrant and hydrated skin. This will also ensure makeup going on smoothly.
4. Find the right formula
When it comes to selecting makeup products, texture makes a big difference in how they’ll appear on dry skin. For foundation and concealer, choose formulas that are fluid and cream based and labeled with descriptions such as “luminous” “glow” “dewy” and “hydrating.” Avoid powdered and “mattifying” formulas as this will emphasize texture, flakiness and dryness.
Also, be sure to stay away from makeup products containing SD or denatured alcohol, witch hazel, or fragrance. These ingredients should actually be avoided for all skin types, but especially for those with dry skin. These ingredients act as irritated to the skin and can steadily zap dry skin of what little hydration it has left.
5. Foundation application
Makeup brush bristles can enhance the flakiness or cracked look of skin. To avoid this, a lot of makeup artists recommend using a beauty blender when applying foundation. This egg-shaped applicator sponge can be found whereever beauty products are sold. Dot the foundation all over the face with your fingers, first. Get the beauty blender wet and squeeze out the excess water until it feels damp. Tap or bounce the blender on your skin to blend the dots of foundation. This will push the product into the skin.
6. Hydrating mist
If you apply makeup and your skin still looks dry, try spraying on a plumping hydration mist. Look for anything that has hyaluronic acid or vitamin E oil. This hydration mist will melt any powder products you used into your skin and gives the face a soft, glowing appearance.
7. Blush and highlighter
On days when your skin is particularly dry and flaky, it’s best to stay away from any powder products at all, including blush. Try applying a cream-based blush with your fingers to the apples of your cheeks. Add highlighter, either powdered or cream, to the high points of your cheeks, down the bridge of your nose and on your brow bone. This will create an effortless, natural flushed look that won’t flake off throughout the day.
8. Liquid eyeliner
Eye pencils and powders can easily flake and make fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced. Liquid eyeliner, applied with a light hand, can accentuate the eyes and shift attention away from flaws or flakes in the skin.
9. Hydrate the lips
Lips can add a huge effect on your makeup look so you want them to shine as best as they can. If your skin is dry, chances are your lips are as well. Dead, dry skin can’t hold moisture or lipstick properly. Exfoliate your lips once a week with a homemade mixture of sugar and honey. Sugar scrubs away the dead skin, and honey hydrates. You can also use a damp toothbrush without toothpaste to gently scrub the skin on your lips.
10. Taking off makeup
When it comes time to take off your makeup, what you use is important. Avoid makeup removers that have harsh, irritating ingredients. This can lead to more dryness and more irritation. Instead, find formulas strong enough to take off even the most stubborn of makeup but also gentle enough that is won’t strip the skin of its natural moisture. Coconut oil is an amazing makeup remover and it's full of nourishing properties to cleanse makeup from the skin and provide hydration.
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