How Can I Make Dull, Dry Skin Look Luminous?

Everyone craves glowing skin. Think it's out of reach for your dull, dry complexion? Not so. Here's how to get a moist, luminous look that will fool everybody.

The matte complexions of the early 2000s are now a thing of the past. Today's beauty aficionados want dewy, radiant faces that look like they just finished a workout and somehow managed not to sweat.

For those with dry skin, this look might see out of reach. After all, you're stuck fighting flakes and irritation, not to mention all those dry patches on your face. But you really can have radiant skin with the right skincare routine and a little help from a few cosmetics.


How Can I Make Dull, Dry Skin Look Luminous?


Glowing Skin Begins With Healthy Skin

You can't cure dry patches of skin with concealer, so the recipe for luminous skin begins long before you apply your makeup. Dedicate yourself to a healthy skincare regimen for your dry skin.

First, moisturise at least twice daily with a product formulated for parched skin, such as Clinique Superdefense Moisturiser. Additionally, treat your skin to a weekly deep-moisturising treatment, such as Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask.

You should also exfoliate once per week to remove dry patches and flakes. Try Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish.

Finally, avoid long, hot showers, which can sap your skin of moisture, particularly during the winter. If your skin is very dry or susceptible to the drying effects of central heating, try installing a humidifier in your bedroom to hydrate your skin as you sleep.

How Primer Makes Dry Skin Look Radiant

If eliminating dry skin were as simple as embracing the right skincare routine, anyone with enough time and money could have flawlessly dewy skin. But even diligent skincare won't eliminate dry skin entirely.

This is where makeup primer comes in. Primer corrects what your moisturiser can't, filling in imperfections and smoothing your complexion. Perfect your skin while promoting radiance with a light-reflecting primer, such as Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener.

How Can I Make Dull, Dry Skin Look Luminous?


Luminous Foundations for Dry Skin

When your skin is dry, you can't just grab the first foundation you find. Instead, you need a richly moisturising cream or liquid formula that nourishes your skin all day. For radiant skin, try a luminous formula such as Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation.

Highlighters: The Secret Recipe for Skin Radiance

Highlighters boost your skin's radiance beyond what even the best foundations can do. Try applying a highlighter just under your brow bones, on the apples of your cheeks, and on any area of your face you want to highlight.

Ditch powder-based formulas, since they can dry your skin and settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Try a cream or cream-to-powder formula instead. Benefit High Beam is great for dry skin and blends flawlessly.

You can apply highlighter under your makeup for subtle radiance or over foundation for a more dramatic glow. Whichever approach you use, remember that the look should be subtle, with no obvious lines. Blend highlighter with your fingers or a beauty blender until all you see is radiance—not makeup.


How Can I Make Dull, Dry Skin Look Luminous?