No single foundation will work miracles on every dry complexion. Here's how to choose the perfect foundation for your skin's unique needs.
Like oily skin, dry skin poses its own set of makeup challenges. Your foundation might not melt off during the day, but dry patches and an uneven texture can leave your makeup looking cakey and your skin looking ashen and dull.
The right foundation can work wonders on even the driest complexions. Here's how to get the most out of your foundation while treating the most common issues facing dry skin.
Dry Skin Foundation: How to Choose
Choosing a makeup formula for dry skin is just one step on the journey toward beauty bliss. You also need to contemplate your complexion's specific characteristics and choose a foundation that works to address these. Some tips to consider:
- If your skin is just moderately dry or dry in winter only, you may not need a moisturising makeup. Instead, simply steer clear of foundations for oily skin.
- If your skin is relatively smooth, or if you're comfortable with light and natural coverage, consider a BBcream. Moisturising formulas such as Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream won't get cakey or flaky, and you'll be left with a dewy, natural finish.
- If your skin is very dry or prone to wrinkles, choose a richly moisturising makeup. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation keeps your skin glowing all day.
Foundation Formulas to Avoid With Dry Skin
If you like to experiment with different formulas, or if you find that your skin reacts to foundation differently throughout the year, don't shy away from asking for product samples. But before you invest a lot of time and energy into trying a new makeup, steer clear of:
- Treatment foundations for acne or wrinkles often contain drying ingredients, such as salicylic acid.
- Long-wearing foundations can get cakey and even crack on a dry complexion as the day goes on.
- Powder foundations settle into lines and wrinkles, and can sap dry skin of what moisture it has.
Improving the Wear and Finish of Your Dry-Skin Foundation
Want your makeup to last AND look dewy? Try these tips:
- Swap skin-dulling powder for a primer for dry skin. Not only does primer improve your skin's texture, but it also helps your makeup stay on longer.
- Use a concealer formulated for dry skin. Consider a product with light-reflecting pigments, which help conceal imperfections while creating a dewy and radiant finish. Try Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer.
- Remember that the right moisturiser is dry skin's secret weapon. Moisturise every time you bathe, wash your face, or apply makeup. Give your moisturiser a few minutes to absorb so your foundation goes on evenly.