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When you’ve got dry skin, you know how hard it can be to make your skin look a little more glow-y. Although the goal of face makeup (and foundation in particular) is to help you get a flawless-looking complexion, when you have dry skin, that may feel entirely unattainable for you. But who said it had to be that way? We’re here to let you in on a little secret—with the right foundation formula and a few application tips, you can create the appearance of luminous, radiant skin. Yes, really. We’re sharing our best foundation for dry skin, plus a step-by-step guide to applying foundation to dry skin, below.
Matte finishes may be trendy, but they many not do you any favors if you have dry skin. Due to its flat finish, matte foundation can accentuate dryness—which is probably the opposite of what you want when it comes to using foundation. If you have dry skin, a foundation with a radiant finish can be a better bet. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation is our best foundation for dry skin, thanks to its radiant finish, medium coverage, and air-light texture.
Now you know our foundation to use on dry skin, but what about how to apply it? Dry skin can be a real struggle to pair with foundation, so we’re sharing exactly how to do it. Follow these steps to prep your face and apply your foundation for a flawless look.
Step 1: Moisturize. Whatever you can do to combat dryness prior to applying foundation should be done. That means moisturizing! Smooth on a moisturizer formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Normal/Dry Skin or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Of course, you shouldn’t just be moisturizing when you wear makeup. Be sure to moisturize twice daily—once when you wake up and again right before bed. Remember: Moisturized skin is beautiful!
Step 2: Conceal. Some of us might prefer not to admit it, but everyone has an imperfection or two (or more). That’s where concealer comes into play. Before breaking out your foundation, use a coordinating concealer to hide dark circles and any other imperfections you may want to cover. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer anywhere your complexion is looking less than perfect and blend out.
Step 3: Apply foundation. We’re as thankful for our hands as the next person—but when it comes to applying foundation to dry skin, fingers just aren’t going to cut it. The next time you pick up your foundation, apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Simply squeeze a little bit of your foundation onto the blender and use dabbing and rolling motions to blend it onto your skin.
Step 4: Powder to set your look. Want all your hard work to go to waste? We think not! If you want to help ensure your makeup lasts the rest of the day, which we think you do, you’ll follow foundation with a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder, which has a luminous finish. Use a fluffy makeup brush to sweep a light layer over your foundation and you’re all set (literally and figuratively).
This step is just as important as picking out the best foundation for your skin type and applying it properly. In fact, it’s a good rule for anyone to follow, regardless of skin type! Here’s why: When you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil on your face—and that can lead to clogged pores. Of course, if you have dry skin, you want to care for it gently. Try using a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which removes makeup, hydrates, and soothes.
Foundation isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when you have dry skin. Your skin care routine is just as essential. If yours is lacking, check out our 8 Skin Care Hacks for Dry Skin.