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As if mastering the art of applying makeup wasn’t hard enough, throwing dry skin into the mix can make things even more complicated. Seriously, makeup just doesn’t apply as well to skin that looks and feels parched. It’s not a lost cause, though—you just need to lock down the right routine. By following a few simple tips and using the right products, you can expertly apply makeup to a dry complexion. Read on to learn exactly how to go about wearing makeup when you have dry skin.
Help slough off any dead skin cells that may have built up on the surface of your skin, as they can cause your makeup to go on less than smoothly. Use a gentle scrub like the L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub, which can help exfoliate dull, dead skin cells from skin’s surface, before moving on to makeup.
Moisturizing should be part of your everyday skin care routine—especially if you have dry skin that’s in need of hydration! The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Half the battle in achieving attractive makeup is getting the application part right. This means no more rubbing foundation on with your fingers, since that isn’t exactly the most hygienic option. Tools like brushes or blenders are a good bet. Try applying foundation with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, bouncing and blending the tool on your face to get your desired level of coverage.
If you have dry skin, use a primer under your foundation and eye shadow. Primers don’t just help makeup stay in place, they also help create a smooth canvas for your makeup application. Pre-foundation, apply a layer of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base all over your face.
When it comes to using foundation when you have dry skin, opt for liquid formulas, since powder ones can make any patchiness more noticeable. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation has a radiant finish and is formulated for normal/dry skin.
Powders can have the tendency to look cake-y. Keep your makeup in place instead with a setting spray instead, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.
For blush, bronzer, and contour, stick with cream formulas. Again, powders may make dry skin look even drier, so steer clear of them if you have dry skin.
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 cheekbones to fake authentic-looking luminosity. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator can be mixed into foundation for an overall dewy complexion or used overtop to define your face. It’s available in three shimmery shades: golden, ice, and rose.
It’s not just your face that could have the tendency to look and feel dry, your lips could be in that situation, too! While matte lipsticks are super-trendy, they can exacerbate the look of dryness and flakes. That doesn’t mean you have to skip the color altogether. Start by using a lip scrub to help exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface of your lips, then follow up with a hydrating lip balm, and finally apply a lipstick such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in your shade of choice.
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.