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April 22, 2022
How To Apply Makeup To Dry Skin

Mastering a great makeup look isn’t the same for everyone. What works on some might not work on others — especially when it comes to product selection and application techniques. This is especially true when you have dry skin

Applying makeup on top of dry or flaking skin can be difficult. But by following a few simple tips and using the best makeup for dry skin, you can expertly apply makeup to a dry complexion. Keep reading for 10 tips on exactly how to go about creating your next makeup look if you have dry skin.


1. Be Sure to Exfoliate

Foundation and other makeup doesn’t sit well on top of dry, flaky skin. To ensure you have a smooth canvas for makeup, be sure to exfoliate your skin

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner is great because it’s a gentle exfoliating toner that utilizes the power of glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin. It’s also formulated with aloe vera to soothe your complexion.


2. Moisturize 

Moisturizing should be part of your everyday skin care routine, but it’s especially important when you’ll be applying makeup. It helps to create a smooth, hydrated base for the makeup to be applied on top of. 

Double up on benefits by applying a moisturizer with SPF. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with SPF 30, Pro-Retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to help hydrate your skin as well as reduce wrinkles, brighten, and firm.


3. Find a Face Primer for Dry Skin 

If you have dry skin, wearing a hydrating primer under your foundation is a must. Primers don’t just help makeup stay in place, they also help create a smooth canvas for your makeup application and add an extra layer of moisture. 

Pre-foundation, apply a layer of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer all over your face to hydrate and prep your skin.


4. Choose Your Foundation Formula Wisely

When it comes to using foundation when you have dry skin, opt for hydrating, luminous liquid formulas. Overly matte foundations can contribute to dryness and emphasize dry texture. 

The L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight has a natural finish, buildable, full-coverage and is formulated for all skin types. 

If you prefer something more sheer and lightweight, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation. It melts into the skin upon contact and creates a natural-looking finish with a subtle glow. It also works to conceal imperfections, smooth lines, firm the skin and even tone over time. 


5. Use a Makeup Sponge 

Brushes are great for targeted application and applying products such as blush and eyeshadow, but using a damp makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to apply foundation is best when you have dry skin. The damp sponge adds a bit of extra hydration to your skin and prevents the makeup from settling into lines or clinging onto dry patches. 

6. Only Set Your Skin Where Necessary — If At All

Powders can look cakey on dry skin when used all over the face. Instead, use a lightweight powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, to set just the areas where you might experience creasing or a bit of shine throughout the day. If you don’t struggle with either of these issues, you can skip powder all together and set your makeup with a setting spray instead.

The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray locks your makeup in place all day long without contributing to the appearance of dryness. 


7. Use Cream Blush 

Again, powders may make dry skin look even drier, so opt for cream or liquid blush and bronzer formulas too. The L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint is excellent for dry skin because it has an airy, light formula that blends into the skin with ease and leaves behind a dewy glow. 


8. Fake a Glow With Highlighter 

Sadly, dry skin can sometimes look dull — but thankfully, you can use an illuminator to help restore the look of your glow. Dot a liquid highlighter above your cheekbones to fake authentic-looking luminosity. 

The L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer can be mixed into foundation for an overall dewy complexion or used over your foundation to define your face. 


9. Choose a Hydrating Lipstick

It’s not just your face that can look and feel dry — your lips may be the same way. Avoid drying lipsticks as they will only emphasize texture and contribute to dryness and discomfort. Instead, grab a hydrating lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract. It’s infused with pomegranate extract to cushion the lips and it provides a beautiful wash of color with a natural, radiant finish. 


10. Refresh Your Skin With a Face Mist 

Keep a refreshing facial mist on hand so that you can spritz it on whenever your dry complexion needs a pick-me-up during the day. When you need an extra boost of radiance and hydration, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist.

Next: How to Prep Your Skin for Makeup Application

Edited by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn