Keep your makeup looking flawless despite dry skin
Skip flakiness with these moisturizing products.
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You may feel like your dry skin is a blessing in the warmer months when others contend with slickness, shine, and even breakouts from an overproduction of oil. But as soon as the weather gets colder and drier, you may be singing a different tune. Not only can a lack of natural moisture lead to tight, itchy or scaly skin, it can wreak havoc on how your makeup looks and wears throughout the day. If powdery, flaky makeup stresses you out, allow these moisturizing products to transform your getting-ready routine and leave your finished face looking flawless.
1. For a pre-makeup serum: Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Setting yourself up for a great makeup day means hydrating your skin well. If you have dehydrated skin, this serum from Glow Recipe can quench it. It contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants from plums to hydrate and plump the skin as well as collagen and silk proteins to protect the skin barrier. The brand recommends patting one to two pumps into your face and neck prior to moisturizer and makeup for glowing skin.
2. For a hydrating primer: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer
A great makeup primer prepares your skin—whether that means moisturizing it or absorbing its oil—while holding makeup for a long-lasting look. The Bobbi Brown Face Base acts as a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, squalane, shea butter, and vitamins B, C, and E. At the same time, the cream’s texture “grips” foundation and creates a smooth base for your complexion products. Blend the moisturizer into your skin and allow it to absorb before applying foundation.
3. For a moisturizing foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation
Even with a great base, your foundation may not be serving you if it clings to dry patches or uneven texture. The Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation offers medium coverage in a lightweight, easy-to-blend formula. The foundation contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, rose flower extract and oil to brighten the skin, and proprietary ingredient Bix-Activ (a plant extract) to reduce shine and blur pores. As Reviewed’s beauty editor, I tested the foundation on my dry skin and can attest to the product’s claim of a flawless finish. The foundation comes in 30 neutral, cool, and warm shades from very light to deep.
4. For a creamy concealer: Kosas Revealer Concealer
Both the under-eye area and blemishes can be tricky to obscure with makeup, as a concealer may appear dry or not properly cover dark circles or redness. The Kosas Revealer Concealer tackles both of those issues. Its creamy, medium-coverage formula contains caffeine and pink algae extract that claim to correct dark circles and puffiness, hyaluronic acid and peptides to plump the skin, and arnica and panthenol to relieve redness. Whether it’s darkness under the eyes or an acne flare-up, this concealer promises to cover and correct without caking up. It comes in 28 shades ranging from very light to deep with a slew of undertones to match your skin tone.
5. For a velvety bronzer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer
For as long as your skin is extra-dry, it’s a sign to put aside the powder bronzer in favor of a cream formula. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer has the matte finish many powders offer but in a silky formula that won’t leave your skin feeling or looking dry. It comes in seven shades from tan to very deep with warm and neutral undertones to contour and bronze your complexion. Apply the bronzer in the hollows of your cheek, along the perimeter of your face, and anywhere else the sun would naturally add color.
6. For a lightweight blush: E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Blush
Switching to cream products allows you to avoid the cakey finish that some powder products produce. Along with bronzer, grab a cream for the flush on your cheeks, like the E.L.F. Cosmetics Putty Blush. With argan oil and vitamin E in its formula, the blush claims to melt into the skin and leave a semi-matte finish to the cheeks. It’s available in eight colors, from a bright coral to a baby pink to a warm red.
7. For a glowy highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
Adding a gleam to the tops of your cheekbones makes your makeup appear livelier. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is a standout product because of its dual purpose as a liquid highlighter and sheer-coverage skin tint. For the first option, use the doe-foot applicator to add a dot to the high points of your face, like the cheekbones, and blend it into the skin using your fingers. On days when your complexion could use an extra pick-me-up, apply it all over the face and layer your foundation on top. The result will be a dewy-looking, healthy finish on the skin. It comes in 12 shades—unlike the small handful you’ll usually find in a highlighter—so you should find one that suits your tone.
8. For a silky loose powder: Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder
Committed to setting down your makeup with powder? You don’t have to kick the habit—just sparingly use one that won’t emphasize dryness. The one from Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez claims to smooth your makeup to eliminate creasing or smudging while leaving a “soft radiance” to the skin. Dip into the container with a powder makeup brush, tap off the excess formula, and pat any areas you’re prone to shininess or creasing. Though sheer in coverage, the powder comes in five shades from light to deep, for a completely invisible match.
9. For a dewy setting spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and realized that your makeup looks dry and too “settled” in, reach for a makeup setting and refreshing spray. After you finish applying your face products—or any time you want a boost—spritz the Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist over your skin. The mist contains mint essential oil and rose extract to tone the skin, benzoin and myrrh (both derived from trees) to smooth makeup, and orange water flower to hydrate.
10. For a tool to smooth it all: BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge
Though you may not consider your tools to be part of a moisturizing makeup routine, any of the items above can be helped along by applying (or blotting) them with a damp sponge. Made of non-latex foam, the BeautyBlender absorbs excess product and blends liquids and creams into the skin for a more even finish. You can even dip the sponge into powder-based products, dab onto the back of your hand to release excess formula, and tap the makeup under your eyes or directly on spots that you want a shine-free finish. Every step on this list will be made easier with this egg-shaped tool.
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