How to Apply Makeup to Dry Skin

By Shayah Georgakopoulos

For those with dry skin, applying makeup can be frustrating. It's not always easy to create a flawless base when you have dry patches flaking off your face. Preparation and priming are key for dry skin sufferers, as well as choosing the correct products and tools to suit your specific needs. With a few simple steps, you can be on your way to a more radiant you.

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Step 1

Above all, moisturizer must be used to ensure adequate hydration. This step is essential for applying makeup to dry skin, otherwise you'll not achieve a smooth and soft finish. Apply a generous amount with your fingertips, placing a dab onto the forehead, chin and cheeks, avoiding the eye area. Gently rub in circular motions and give it time to penetrate and absorb into the skin before adding products over-top -- 5 to 10 minutes should suffice.

Step 2

Priming your face is another must-do before makeup application, as this will provide an even, smooth and properly hydrated base while filling in any pores and fine lines. Primers specifically formulated for dry skin usually use words like "hydrating," "moisturizing" or "radiant" on the label. Avoid products that read "matte" or "oil-controlling."

Step 3

When applying primer, use a pea-sized amount and dot onto the four sections of the face -- forehead, chin and both cheeks -- gently smoothing in until absorbed. If you prefer, use a foundation brush instead. Use downward strokes and allow about 1 minute for the primer to absorb before following with foundation.

Step 4

Steer clear of using powder foundations and opt for liquid formulations. Look for words on the label such as "moisturizing," "smoothing," "hydrating," "satin" or "dewy."

Step 5

To guarantee that your foundation lasts all day and covers any imperfections or concerns, begin by pouring or pumping product onto the back of your hand or a clean surface. Pick up a small amount with a buffing brush and begin stippling into the skin, starting at the center of your face, working outwards. Press and dab quickly, using downward motions to smooth and blend as opposed to swiping motions which can cause streaks. Repeat as needed.

Step 6

If using a cosmetic sponge instead, practice the same stippling technique when applying. However, before application, dampen the sponge under running water and squeeze out the excess. Using the sponge damp will give added hydration.

Step 7

Again, using powder products on dry skin will absorb every bit of oil, forcing makeup to appear flat and dull. Choose cream blushes and bronzers when it comes to color, as they provide added hydration and radiance. The best method for application is by using your fingers. This provides longer wear and more pigmented color pay-off.

Step 8

With sanitized hands, dip your two middle fingers into your cream blush or bronzer. Smile and begin dabbing the product onto the apples of your cheeks. Sweep and blend in circular motions backwards and towards the outside of the face. Pick up a damp or dry cosmetic sponge and pat carefully over top to blend the color, if it's too strong.