As if mastering the art of makeup application wasn’t daunting enough, now you have to perfect applying makeup on dry skin, which, btw, feels like rocket science.
Seriously. Makeup just doesn’t apply flawlessly on dry, flaky skin.
And, it doesn’t matter how much moisturizer you slather on; sometimes, it looks as if your makeup is hell-bent on emphasizing the dry patches.
But, no need to panic.
According to experts, this isn’t one of those lost causes. All you need to do is lock the perfect routine to help disguise those pesky, flaky patches.
With that, here are some master tips on how to apply makeup on dry, flaky skin, so that your glam remains on point this season.
Have A Solid Skincare Routine
The essential part of any makeup routine is the prep.
You want to use a lightweight exfoliant for your trouble areas and a more potent peel once a week.
Gently scrubbing areas prone to dryness, like around your nose or the crease of your chin using a gentle exfoliant, will help slough off the dead cells and prevent flaking.
However, be sure not to over-exfoliate as too much will trigger redness and irritation.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
It’s no surprise that moisturizing is key to combatting dry, patchy skin. Makeup will appear as hydrating as the skin beneath it.
Therefore, be sure to make it a part of your daily routine. Water-based hydrating treatments are the best – they slide across your skin and don’t allow makeup to absorb.
It would be best if you also chose a moisturizer that doubles up as SPF – sun protection is the gospel in any skincare or makeup routine. So, please don’t skip it!
Use the Right Makeup Brushes & Tools
Half the battle in achieving a flawless makeup look is getting your application right. Therefore, you need to choose brushes and blenders that are up to the task – using your fingers just doesn’t cut it. Find out more about that here.
Invest in A Skin-Hydrating Primer
A primer might not be in your beauty arsenal, but makeup experts recommend using one if you have extra dry skin.
Hot tip? Go for a primer that doubles as a skincare gem. In any case, if you’re going to have it on your face for over eight hours, then you need one that offers you long foundation wear and doubles as a treatment.
Cream Foundation is Key
Cream is the name of the game when it comes to dry, flaky skin. Creamy foundations not only offer more comfort, but they’re also emollient, meaning your makeup will be on fleek.
You can quickly buff it into a bit more coverage where you need it and go easy on the areas you don’t. Also, be sure to use a wet sponge when blending – it will help lock in the moisture-goodness, giving you a sleek finish.
Toss Out the Powder
Powder isn’t your BFF when it comes to dry, patchy skin. Seriously.
Powder blushes and bronzers can clog pores and lie on top of your dry skin, causing it to appear pasty and cakey.
You also don’t have to forgo your blush or bronzer entirely, especially if your skin has been looking dull from the dryness. So, swap out the powder for cream alternatives – they’ll give a smooth and flawless finish.
Pat, Never Rub
Your makeup application technique can either make or break your final look. Therefore, when applying makeup on dry, peeling skin, ensure to apply your products in one direction using the designated brush.
You don’t want to rub the brush or sponge around your face (in various directions) since too much pressure can cause friction leading to further peeling and irritation.
Protect Your Pout
Don’t forget your lips. Like your face, they also need some moisture before you put on your favorite shade. Otherwise, you run the risk of dry, chapped lips.
The skin on your lips is also fragile. Therefore, make sure you invest in a waxy, balmy lip moisturizer, preferably one with SPF, to prevent UV damage.
A Hydrating Mist is Your Friend
The key to a seamless, sultry makeup look on dry skin? A facial mist.
Tote around a hydrating spray for an instant moisture boost whenever you need it. It’ll also help reset your makeup, preventing it from flaking and peeling as you take on the day.
You can even go old school and reach out for rosewater, put it in a travel-sized bottle and use that (rosewater is incredibly calming).