Along with all the pumpkin spice lattes, seasonal plaid patterns, and purple and burgundy colors, dry skin becomes a trend as the days grow shorter and the weather gets cooler.
Whether it tends to creep up for you this time of year or you already have it, the issue swings into full effect, usually causing unwanted texture on the skin, cracking, or unsightly flakiness.
Even if you might have one of the best foundations for dry skin, some days, it doesn’t always disappear under the cover of its formula.
If you’ve found that certain foundations don’t look the same on other people as it does on you, you may want to try a new way of applying it, as there are more beneficial ways to apply your foundation to minimize the look of dry skin. Although it’s essential to know that the first step is to prep your skin before you get there.
Prep Your Skin First
Any great makeup look always starts first with skincare. Makeup can work wonders for people who wish to cover up imperfections, but to do it properly always includes caring for the skin underneath. For dry skin, moisture is the most important thing you’ll need.
Sometimes, a moisturizer just doesn’t do enough. As many of us typically use moisturizers every day, it’s easy for the skin to become accustomed to it, and, in the colder months, it’s always best to up the dosage of moisture into your skincare routine.
This is where sheet masks, hydrating creams, and serums will come in handy. You might be used to doing your skincare after you take off your makeup, but doing it before your makeup will ensure that your skin gets the best glow.
You might find that you like skincare this way, and if you really want to go all out, you can follow the routine of exfoliating your skin, applying a sheet mask or other hydrating serum, and finishing with a great moisturizer or moisturizing primer.
After these, your skin will be sure to scream out in satisfaction and feel soft and supple to the touch, making it the perfect canvas to apply your foundation. Here are some do’s and don’ts for your foundation routine to help keep your base looking smooth and flawless.
Do’s for Your Foundation Routine
1. Opt for water-based foundations. Not every foundation is built the same, so it’s important to know the difference between different formulas and finishes so that you’ll know what will work best for you. For dry skin, water-based foundations are the best, as they tend to be a lot more hydration.
Some oil-based foundations are okay, but they usually tend to be thicker and could cling to dry patches on the skin. You want to make sure your foundation glides on to provide a smooth surface.
2. Work with the right tools. There’s no one way to apply or blend out products, but certain tools and techniques can, and will, create different effects of your makeup application. To best way to apply foundation to dry skin is by using a damp beauty sponge, for starters.
Its dampness will continue to incorporate moisture into your routine, and dabbing the sponge to blend out your foundation will ensure that you get an even layer of your foundation so that it looks flawlessly blended.
If you’re not a fan of the beauty blender craze, then feel free to choose from a great set of makeup brushes. Just ensure that what you choose is natural-hair or non-silicone brushes, as these work best to buff and blend out product.
3. Use cream products. As mentioned before, dry skin needs hydration, and that means ensuring hydration at every step. Products like powder blushes, contours, and bronzers can emphasize texture on the skin, even if you properly apply your foundation the right way.
Cream contour and blush will go on creamier, causing them to blend out better, and they’ll give you a well-sculpted glow. If you’re really into the glow, cream highlighter will give your face an amazing and non-powdery radiance that won’t otherwise cling to any dry patches but make your skin look revived and refreshed.
4. Know how to work with matte/full-coverage foundations. Admittedly, this is the hardest type of foundation for dry skin types of working with, as full-coverage and matte foundations usually cater toward those with oily skin with their talk of pore-minimizing powders and oil-fighting formula. All in all, for dry skin, these formulas can sometimes just be plain unforgiving.
However, there are manners to work around it. When applying matte or full-coverage foundations, be sure to work in sections so that the product won’t dry down before you’re ready. This will make things easier to blend, and if you’ve had a hard time blending, you can be sure that others will see it.
The easier the blend, the more flawless and smooth your face will look. And if you plan to wear a matte or full-coverage foundation, seal in moisture with a hydrating primer beforehand.
5. Be sure to finish with a dewy face mist. Face mists are the makeup gods’ gift to those with dry skin. It’s like refreshment in a bottle — the perfect way to add more moisture to your face without having to slather on another coat of moisturizer.
It’s also a great way to get rid of a powdery look, whether you’ve over-powdered, or if you’ve used a matte or full-coverage foundation. It’ll moisturize the area, smoothing out the look of any texture and keep your base looking ultra-flawless.
Don’ts for Your Foundation Routine
1. Don’t powder your whole face. For years, face powder has always been a necessity in makeup — the portable contact kept to minimize oil and refresh the face after a meal or before a date — but it isn’t all that necessary for the whole face.
The powder should only be used where you’ll need it, which primarily includes the T-zone, as well as others like the under-eyes, which are powdered to avoid creasing. Any other areas don’t have to be set, and this goes for other powder products like blushes and bronzers, too.
2. Don’t skip highlighter. Like face mists, highlighter can be a great tool to introduce the look of (faux) moisture back into your skin. Though most are powders, there are some great highlighters out there that are finely-milled enough not to emphasize texture, though there’s no problem in getting yourself a good cream highlighter, or even a liquid highlighter to rub into the skin and set off that glow.
It can save the look of dull, dehydrated skin in a pinch, and paired with all the other tips, your finished base will have you flaunting your new skin with confidence.
These are some of the powerful tips on how to apply foundation for dry skin.