If you have dry skin, finding great makeup and making it look good all day is a challenge. Dry patches are rough, leading to uneven patches of foundation or powder. Flakes can become more obvious, and if your skin stays dry during the day, the surface of your foundation can crack, making you look like you have wrinkles or that your makeup is too thick or cheap. Some key techniques can help you to achieve (and keep!) that flawless finish you are looking for.
1. Start with a great product.
For dry skin, or even for skin that has dry areas (combination skin), it's best to stay away from powder-based foundation types. These are generally less expensive and last longer, but they only work well for people who have plenty of natural oils in their skin to help the powder set. Powder can collect in dry areas, making them stand out even more. Instead, try:
- using a liquid foundation that has a non-greasy, light application. Try the liquid on your hand first. As it dries, it should remain flexible as you move your hand, and it should not separate into cracks as it wears.
- using a tinted moisturizer. If even a light liquid foundation is too much for your skin, try to get some "sheer" coverage by using tinted moisturizer as the base for your beauty routine. The tint helps to give you an even skin tone, but it does not deposit as much onto your skin that can collect in the dry areas.
- BB cream. BB cream is a special type of liquid foundation that has hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, to make it more accommodating for dry or combination skin types.
Try looking at companies that sell face makeup online for more ideas.
2. Exfoliate your skin before putting makeup on.
Exfoliating helps to take the dead skin away from your face. Just remember not to be too aggressive or to use an aggressive exfoliator. Really scrubbing your face will make it too damaged to hold much moisture, leading to worse dryness later. Instead, opt for a gentle scrub. For those with combination skin or only slightly dry skin, baking soda is one of the best exfoliators. You can make a paste with some water. For chemical exfoliators, it's best to exfoliate at night before moisturizing. For a light scrub, just make it part of your morning shower.
When exfoliating, don't forget to also exfoliate your lips: no amount of lip balm can penetrate dry, cracking skin on the lips. Keeping them nicely exfoliated will give your lipstick a great base to work with.
3. Invest in a great moisturizer.
After you have great makeup ready for application and you have exfoliated, you start with the base of your look: your moisturizer. For day wear, you should use a light, hydrating moisturizer that is oil-free. Day moisturizers should have built-in SPF to help prevent your skin from getting sun damaged. Sun damage can make your dryness problem even worse down the road. At night, after you wash your face, use a heavier moisturizer that has natural oils like coconut or jojoba.
4. Keep it protected from harsh elements.
Skin gets dryer when it is exposed to harsh conditions. Some of those harsh conditions include sun exposure, specific food and drink, and water. To maximize your skin's limited hydration, try:
- taking lukewarm baths or showers. Prolonged exposure to hot water really contributes to dry skin. While giving up a steaming hot shower is a sacrifice, your skin will thank you.
- using sunscreen whenever you are going to be in the sun. Being tanned is all the rage, but the hot sun will dry you out -- tanned skin just isn't as healthy and will hold less moisture.
- limiting your alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a diuretic, and it dehydrates you and your skin. While water intake doesn't directly affect whether or not your skin is dry, alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate as you lose water, which means that dry skin will appear even worse if you drink frequently.