Dry and flaky skin is a not just uncomfortable but creates a difficult base to put makeup on. Even if you have found yourself the best foundation for dry skin, how you apply the foundation on your face impacts the result of your foundation makeup.
Dry skin tends to look dull and tired because of the build-up of dead skin cells on your face. These dead skin cells give your face an irregular texture. Your foundation makeup clings on to these dry patches and makes your foundation look uneven and patchy.
Exfoliating once or twice a week gets rid of all these dry flakes from your face. This creates a smooth canvas for you to apply foundation on your face. Use a mild scrub and gently exfoliate your skin, focusing on problem areas like around your nose and chin, and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.
No matter how dewy your foundation for dry skin is, if you do not have a moisturised face, the foundation won’t add much hydration to your skin. Use a rich and hydrating moisturiser that sinks deep into your skin and gives your dry and thirsty skin an instant boost of hydration. A moisturiser helps retain your skin’s moisture levels throughout the day. Apply a moisturiser to a clean face and wait for about 5 – 10 minutes for the foundation to get completely absorbed into your skin.
Once your skin is clean and moisturised, use a nourishing and hydrating primer that will add another layer of hydration to your skin. You can try Maybelline’s Master Prime Primer to blur away your skin’s imperfection and refine the look and feel of your skin. If your skin is feeling extra dry, you can massage a few drops of facial oil into your skin before using the primer. The oil and hydrating primer will add a glow to your skin and create a smooth base for your foundation makeup to glide on.
Avoid foundations that are labelled as matte or powder finish as they can make your already dry face look matte and flat. These foundations will cling on to your dry patches and emphasize the texture of your skin. The best foundation for dry skin would be one with a dewy or satin finish. The Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation delivers 24 hour wear without drying your skin out, making it a great foundation for dry skin. The lightweight formula of the Superstay foundation glides onto the skin for a flawless makeup finish that lasts all day.
Avoid setting your foundation makeup with a pressed or loose powder unless you absolutely have to. Applying powder foundation can accentuate your dry areas and remove all the glow and moisture that you worked so hard on adding. You can set your under-eye concealer with a powder since the under-eye area is prone to creasing. Spritz the rest of your face with a setting spray to lock in your makeup and add one last layer of hydration to your skin. Look for a setting spray that offers a glowy or dewy finish.
We understand that finding the right foundation for dry skin might be challenging and it’s not easy remembering all the steps while learning how to apply foundation. But with regular practice, you will become a foundation pro in no time.
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