Wind, dust, temperature extremities are the major reasons for dryness of the skin. Dry skin has very low sebum levels and tends to become very sensitive thus developing flakes, irritation, chapping, wrinkles and cracks. Dry skin feels tight just after washing the face. Dry skin looks dull and pale as it cannot retain moisture. Applying the right makeup can give dry skin a fresh lease of life.
Dry skin makeup guide
Makeup can worsen dry skin conditions therefore dry skin should be prepared for makeup before applying it. It is essential to understand and follow the right methodology to apply makeup for dry skin.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating the skin will remove the dead cells. Therefore exfoliate face, neck and lips before applying makeup.
Moisturize: Moisturize your face after cleansing. Use a rich moisturizer that is non-greasy as oily formulations can clog the pores of the skin.
Primer: Apply a speck of makeup primer specially formulated for dry skin. Start applying from the center of your face outward.
Foundation: Use a liquid foundation, apply small dots and blend it into your skin using a makeup sponge. A base with very fine light-reflective particles will give a natural-look and dewy finish. Foundations with a reasonable degree of oil will retain moisture in the skin.
Concealer: Concealers that are liquid or creamy suit dry skin. Concealers can be used to hide birthmarks, dark spots, pimples and scars. Do not apply concealer under the eyes as it might highlight the dark circles. For dry skin makeup, choose a concealer that is a shade lighter than the foundation you use.
Eye makeup: Select creamy eye shadows and eyeliner. Use mascara and brow cosmetics of your choice.
Blush: Use a creamy blush as gels, powder and cheek stains do not suit dry skin type.
Lip makeup: Use a balm or salve. Over this, apply lip gloss or moisturizing lipstick.
Makeup application tips for dry skin
Choose the right makeup
Makeup products for dry skin
For dry skin choose oil-based or water based products. Avoid makeup products that are oil-free, avoid matte products too. Do not use powders, as they will dry the skin further.
Foundation: Use moisture rich, oil-based, hydrating, light reflecting or silicone-based liquid formulas. You can try cream or mousse foundations and tinted moisturizer too. Each of these products offers a special degree of coverage and finish.
Concealer: Use cream or liquid based forms.
Eye makeup: Use cream and silk-textured powder. Use soft, creamy pencils and cream eyeliner.
Face Powder: Dry skin people need not use powder as it will make the skin further dry.