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Makeup is a fabulous way to accentuate your beauty, but applying it on dry skin can have the opposite effect. It can actually make your complexion look drier than what you started with. Not cute. However, that doesn’t mean that makeup for dry skin is a no-no. It’s all about using the right makeup products and prepping your skin beforehand. After all, a hydrated face goes a long way in helping you achieve a smooth and seamless makeup application. Follow along as we share the best makeup products for dry skin, plus a few skin care gems.
Before you reach for your makeup essentials, it’s important to kick things off with a round of skin care. You’ll want to cleanse and moisturize your complexion with products formulated for dry skin to stay ahead of the game. Consider our tips below to complement your makeup for dry skin routine.
Cleansing your skin should be the foundation of every regimen. This step works to remove impurities from the skin for a radiant and healthy-looking complexion. One of the best ways to cleanse your skin and tackle dryness is to enlist the help of micellar water. It’s a French favorite that goes the extra mile to gently cleanse and hydrate your skin—no rinsing required. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – All Skin Types, which works to intensely purify skin sans the harsh feel. Just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe it over your face until clean.
You should use a moisturizer daily—morning and night—regardless of your skin type. No matter how dry your skin is, you should find a moisturizer to suit your needs. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin. Both moisturizers are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
It’s an absolute must to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher in the morning over your moisturizer to help protect against UV rays. You can also pare down your routine by opting for an offering that combines a moisturizer and sunscreen into one—but be sure to look for one formulated for dry skin.
Now that your skin care routine is out of the way, it’s time to apply your face for the day. Below, we’re sharing our favorite makeup products for dry skin.
A good primer can help ensure that your makeup stays in place and create a smooth canvas for application. Dry skin can often sport a dull appearance, so it’s best to reach for one with illuminating qualities. Start your routine with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer. It will give you a radiant, healthy glow that lasts all day.
Powder makeup can settle on your skin and make you look even drier. Switch things up with a liquid foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. This offering provides a natural, breathable finish and offers medium to full buildable coverage that lasts all day.
Since it’s best to use a liquid foundation for dry skin, it’s time to invest in a makeup sponge to apply it with. Putting makeup for dry skin on with a blender—rather than your fingers—allows for a more seamless look. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender has a pointed tip on one side and a rounded edge on the other. Apply a small amount of foundation onto the tip of the tool. Use dabbing and rolling motions to blend foundation until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage.
Editor’s tip: You should always make it a point to apply your foundation with a clean blender. Get the 4-1-1-on How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Blenders here.
Everyone loves to flaunt a flawless face. You can bring the same look to life and skip out on heavy makeup thanks to BB cream. This skincare-makeup hybrid provides you with lightweight coverage. You can also find formulas that even skin tone, disguise imperfections, and hydrate. It’s no surprise that BB creams are one of our favorite makeup products for dry skin. Pick your potion below.
L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Fatigue: This BB cream is just what you need to revive tired-looking skin. It’s an ultra-light lotion formulated with color-transforming pigments that help to counteract signs of fatigue. Plus, it smooths the look of your skin while providing hydration.
L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Tones): A color-correcting concealer is not your only line of defense for tackling a red face. This BB cream transforms from a green hue to a universal shade, which helps to neutralize redness. Not to mention, it also aids in providing your skin with long-lasting moisture.
L’Oréal Paris Magic By Studio Secrets Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This pick is formulated with encapsulated pigments and antioxidant vitamin E. It primes to smooth skin’s texture, provide a more even-looking complexion, hydrate for all-day moisture, and hide imperfections.
Highlighter is one of those products that can help instantly transform your face. However, it’s essential to reach for a liquid formula to complement your makeup for dry skin. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer is a multi-use product that can be worn alone, under your makeup, or applied to the high points of your face. This liquid illuminator comes in four shades—fair, light, medium, and deep—so there’s a match for every skin tone.
When it comes to dry skin, we can’t reiterate enough how much you should stay away from powder makeup. If you’d like to wear concealer, reach for a liquid formula. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer provides a lightweight, radiant finish that allows you to conceal and correct imperfections with ease.
If you want to add a pop of color to your cheeks, opt for a blush with a cream formula. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks have a super-glide formula that will give your cheeks a long-lasting flush.
Just like with blush, if you want to contour your face, stick with a cream formula. Use one of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks in a color that’s one to two shades darker than your skin tone. These sticks will help give your face a sculpted appearance and complement your complexion.
There’s just something oh-so-pretty about a shimmery cream eyeshadow. We also love that they’re great for those with dry skin. The easiest way to apply a cream eyeshadow is to use your fingers. Gently pat your color of choice onto your lids.
It’s best to leave matte lipsticks behind and color your pout with moisturizing alternatives. And hydrating lip glosses are the perfect way to pick up the slack. These picks come in handy to give your lips a shiny touch of color with a low-maintenance feel. Choose your desired shade from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss line to jazz up your pout.
If you really prefer rocking a matte lip, you can still make it happen. Start with a lip scrub to slough away dead skin cells from the surface of your pout. Then, follow up with a hydrating lip balm before moving on to lipstick.
Swap out your setting powder for a makeup setting spray. This essential will keep your makeup in place without drying your skin. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray in ‘X’ and ‘T’ motions over your face. You can also try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist. It provides a boost of hydration while preserving your makeup look. All you have to do is spray an even layer on to set your makeup.
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