A good foundation routine is key to flawless looking makeup. Once you have that nailed, then everything you apply on top will go on smoothly as well! For those of you who, like me, have dry skin know the struggle of applying your foundation and concealer only to wonder minutes later why your skin is looking so dry and flakey.- this post is for you! So, if you want to combat this issue and learn how to achieve a flawless foundation routine, then keep on reading!
Prepping The Skin Is Key
I know, I know, we all get lazy when it comes to prepping the skin. What you need to remember is that your makeup will only look as good as your skin does. Wash your face with your favourite cleanser. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a great one if you have dry, sensitive skin. Next step is moisturizing. Now you need to be careful here and make sure to not wear super heavy creams just because you have dry skin as that will cause cakey-ness and breaking apart of the foundation. Use something lightweight that still provides enough hydration and nourishment to your skin. I would highly recommend using Bioderma Hydrabio Creme. I am always hyping about this as it is the perfect moisturizer for people with dry skin. It also sits very nicely underneath makeup! Do not forget to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week. It will help get rid of all the dead skin and leave you with a soft, smooth skin!
Do Not Forget To Prime
If you have dry skin then hydrating face mists and beauty oils are your best friends. I have recently been using the Mac Fix Plus spray before going in with my foundation and it really helps avoid those dry patches and flakiness. This was also one of the products I mentioned in my ‘Top 5 Products For Flawless Makeup‘ post. Another good one is Mac strobe cream which I like to mix in with my foundation. It gives a really beautiful subtle glow and hydrates the skin as well. You can definitely go ahead and multi-prime to target specific problem areas on your face. For example, use a pore minimizing primer like Maybelline Baby Skin Primer on the t-zone and then use a hydrating primer for the rest of the face!
Now that we have a strong base that will hold the rest of our makeup, we can go in with foundation. For the application, I personally do not mind using either brush or beauty blender. Just make sure to wet your beauty blender before using it- there is literally no point of using it if you are not wetting it first. One of my all-time favourite foundations is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation. Do not get fooled by the name you guys. This works just as well for dry skin. It gives me the most flawless skin even on my bad skin days. Another great one is the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. Pro tip: If you feel like your foundation is clinging to the dry patches and looks heavy, just spray some mac fix plus on to a beauty blender and pat it all over your face. The beauty blender will absorb any excess foundation and the mac fix plus will help the foundation look more seamless.
If you have super dry under eyes, go in with an eye cream beforehand. For concealer, I swear by applying it with a beauty blender. Also, do not lather on too much concealer all at once. That will exaggerate the dryness and fine lines. You can always build it up later on if you like so just apply a little amount and see if you need more. Another great tip to make sure your concealer looks blended and avoid creasing is to make back and forth patting motion with the beauty blender. A really good one is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It is super lightweight and easily blendable. It gives light to medium coverage. I have been using it for years now and it works great.
If you are someone who can go without setting your makeup with powder, then feel free to skip this step. I always need to set my makeup, especially the t-zone area. You do need to be very careful with what powder you go with though because some powders can easily exaggerate the dryness. A great way to set your makeup and have it looking flawless is by applying some translucent powder on to a wet beauty blender and patting it on wherever needed. Also, I would recommend staying away from ‘baking’ if you have dry skin. If you really want to ‘bake’, just leave the powder on for just 5 seconds and then remove it. A great setting powder is the RCMA no colour powder. It is super lightweight and literally blurs the fine lines and pores to give a super smooth finish. Rimmel Stay Matte is also a great one!
Go in with a setting spray or a face mist once you are done with the makeup. This will help get rid of any dry patches if you have any and just melt the makeup into your skin and leave it looking seamless and yes, you guessed it- flawless!
Dry skin can definitely be a struggle to work with but that does not mean your makeup cannot look good. Incorporating these little steps into your foundation routine can really make the biggest difference. Follow these steps and see for yourself. Oh, and do not forget to drink lots of water to make sure your skin stays hydrated and supple. If you take care of your skin, the makeup will automatically look good!
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