Make-Up Tips for Dry Skin

Woman touching her face

Woman touching her face

Have you tried to apply make-up to dry skin, and were less than satisfied with the results? It can be very frustrating to get a smooth look when your skin is so dry. Here are some make-up tips for dry skin that may help. In order to get your dry skin ready for makeup, it involves several steps.

  1. Prepare your skin

First, wash your face with a moisturizing cleanser. Soap and other cleansers can increase dryness, so use a moisture-rich cleanser. Like our Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion, it contains ingredients known for their extra strength moisturizing characteristics for both face and body.

Next step in preparing your skin is to periodically exfoliate your skin. Dry skin can cause flaking and scaling. Exfoliation helps remove these dead cells. You can use whatever exfoliant that works for you, whether store-bought like our Micro-Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub that works specifically to remove the dead cells and reveal vibrant, softer, healthier skin or you can use a homemade exfoliant. Beauty experts caution against exfoliating every day, though – a couple of times a week may be plenty.

The following step to keep in mind is that layers are key. After you have washed and exfoliated, you need to apply a moisturizer before applying your foundation. Make sure it’s absorbed thoroughly into your skin, as lotion or moisturizer left on the skin can create a mottled, uneven look to your make-up. To make sure it’s absorbed completely; work on something else – like your hair, maybe – for about 5 minutes to allow it to soak in.

In lieu of a moisturizer, you can apply a primer to your face after washing. Primers moisturize and also create a smooth base for your foundation. That way there is no spotty areas when you apply your foundation.

Finally, use a facial formula for your moisturizer – don’t use body lotion. Body lotions don’t necessarily have face-friendly ingredients.

  1. What Kind of Foundation

Apply a liquid foundation, not a powder one, say experts. Powder has a drying effect, and it can accentuate lines and wrinkles (typical symptoms of dry skin). Creams can also cling heavily to dry skin. Look for moisturizing foundation made specifically for dry skin. If you like, blend foundation with a make-up sponge.

Consider using a foundation that includes a sunscreen. Sun exposure can definitely dry out skin even more, and shielding your skin from its dehydrating effects is a good step toward reversing the dry skin trend.

  1. Eye Make-Up

Dry skin around the eyes can “pop out” when the wrong kind of make-up is applied and actually draws attention to the fine lines. Powder-based eye make-up can intensify these lines. With that being said, cream-based eye shadows may be a better choice for those with dry skin. Apply gently, avoiding irritation, and remove eye make-up with a moisturizing remover.

  1. Blush

For the final touch, blush. Another way to blush your face that not many people know about is to use cream when you blush your cheeks. Unlike powder blushes, cream blushes add a healthy sheen and glow that could be dulled by powder. It adds nice color and truly brightens your face.  Now, you are all ready to conquer your day feeling confident with your smooth, soft, moisturized skin.