Choose the Right Makeup for Dry Skin
Makeup labels exist for a reason: manufacturers really do formulate products for various skin types. So if you have dry skin, you need a makeup for dry skin. Of course, that doesn't mean every formula you try will work for you. Some tips for choosing the right foundation for your complexion:
• Steer clear of powder foundations, which can dry out your skin and look cakey.
• Pick a moisturising formula, such as Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Foundation, Napoleon Perdis Sheer Genius Liquid Foundation or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
• Thoroughly blend your foundation, since uneven application can create dry-looking patches.
• Try a BB cream instead of a foundation if your complexion is relatively smooth. BB Creams offer sheer coverage and are less likely to cake and flake. Tinted moisturisers are great too.
Exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin, reducing flakiness and helping your makeup go on more smoothly. Unfortunately, exfoliation can also strip your skin of its natural oils, increasing dryness over time.
Balance these competing effects by choosing an exfoliator specifically formulated for dry skin, such asDermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. Exfoliate only once per week and moisturise immediately afterwards.
Don't Forget to Moisturise (the Right Way)
Moisturiser is dry skin's best friend, but some products are more effective than others. Steer clear of treatment formulas that address wrinkles and acne, since these often contain skin-irritating ingredients.
Instead, select a highly emollient moisturiser, such as Weleda Skin Food 75ml. Moisturise at least twice daily: once in the morning after showering or cleansing, and again at night after removing your makeup.
Experts at Dr. Hauschka claim that the way you apply moisturiser can make a big difference. A pressing motion can improve the way your foundation sits, as this method doesn't unsettle dry skin.
Try warming a pea-size dab of Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream 30ml between your palms to melt the waxes. Then press the product into skin that's still hydrated with toner.
Moisturising before you apply makeup can help reduce cakiness, but moisturiser can also make your makeup go on unevenly if you rush the process. Apply moisturiser fresh out of the shower, and wait until it's completely absorbed into your skin before applying your foundation.