My Makeup Routine for Dry Skin


Makeup Routine for Dry Skin: I’ve found that since having dry skin, putting on my makeup is basically 50% prep and 50% actual makeup.  So, in today’s post I’ll be going through the steps and products that I love to give me the smooth complexion needed while making any dry patches look invisible.

Step One: Moisturise | Like I said, it’s 50% prep! Obviously my skin is drier than most, but if your tends to be on the dry to very dry side, them make sure you moisturise well or even add some oils to your routine. I always find my makeup goes on smoother when I put two drops of oil on before applying any makeup as it creates a super smooth base!

Step Two: Prime | Again, prep prep prep. The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (phew!) is a great option to add a dose of moisture before your foundation. It really smooths and perfects everything too, so i’s a great all round product! If you want to hide pores and really give your skin an airbrushed look, the Smashbox Photofinish Primer is fantastic. If you have dry skin, go for those silicone, very smooth feeling primers (Benefit Porefessional and Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer are also good) as it works very well to cover dry patches.

Step Three: Foundation + Application | When searching for a foundation, go for ones with the words ‘hydrating’, ‘cream’ or anything ‘glowy’ as it adds radiance to skin which can often look a bit flat. I love the RMK Creamy Foundation as it gives me medium coverage without sticking to any dry spots! I also like the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream. I tend to apply foundation with a brush and then go over with a damp Beauty Blender – you must get one of these if you have dry skin, they’re a lifesaver!

Step Four: Conceal | I found that I can’t use a lot of my heavy duty concealers as they’re quite dry (perfect when my skin was oily, but not now!). Similarly to the foundation, go for ones that are ‘creamy’ or ‘hydrating’. I’ve found the Dior Diorshow Nude Concealer is quite good for under my eyes and on some blemishes and I’ve just picked up the Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme, so I’m hoping that’ll be good!

Step Five: The Rest | I find you can get away with any other makeup products, pretty much, when you have dry skin as it doesn’t really interfere with eyeshadow, blush or contour. If, however, you tend to find your lips to be quite dry (hello Roaccutane) then the NARS Audacious Lipsticks are a lovely formula! They’re pigmented, long lasting but I find them to be non-drying which is a bonus! I also like the Clinique Chubby Sticks and the Tom Ford Lipsticks too.

What’s your makeup routine for dry skin? Got any tips?

Helen x
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