Foundation Prep for Dry Skin

Dry Skin Foundation Prep

I have always had very dry skin. I can’t shower without moisturizing immediately afterwards or I get that terrible tight feeling. This presents a serious issue when it comes to makeup application. Applying foundation over flaky skin is just asking for a disaster. The foundation pigments seep below the flakes of skin and it just makes you look like you’ve been in the desert for a week with no water. Not a cute look…

I have been told by many a beautician that I should use “moisturizing” foundations. Okay, but I still get shiny in my t-zone so that really isn’t the best option for me, especially in the summer. And the amount of moisture in “moisturizing” foundations isn’t nearly enough to prevent my skin from becoming dry. After searching high and low for the right foundation I finally came to the realization that it ISN’T the foundation that is going to make a difference, rather it’s my skincare.

My current skincare routine allows me to wear almost any foundation I want, barring alcohol laden matte formulas. If I take proper care of my skin my foundation will look good. I have sensitive skin as well as dry so I can’t use anything too harsh, nor overly fragranced when it comes to skincare. I find that the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is perfect for removing oil, makeup and grime without stripping my skin (folks who like foamy face washes beware, this is not it). In the mornings I also like to use Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel which is a gentle exfolient. Using this daily prevents flakes from forming in the first place, it really is a miracle product. I like to use the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion that contains hyaluronic acid to really boost my moisture after I exfoliate. If you find you still need some extra moisture I suggest a nice oil to really lock that moisture in. I use an oil in the winter time in conjunction with my moisturizer. This morning skincare regiment really helps my foundation to go on smoothly.

Extra tips for dry skin foundation application.

  • Apply a smoothing or hydrating primer that will help you gloss over any dry patches that may remain after your skincare regiment. I really love the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.
  • If you are having a bout of flaky skin use a moist makeup sponge, like the Beautyblender or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, to gently push the foundation onto the skin rather than buffing it in. If you buff with a brush you are just going to lift all those dead skin flakes, then you just have to start all over! You can also use a traditional flat foundation brush if you’re careful to just smooth the foundation on.
  • If you do get shiny and you like to apply some powder to set your foundation and concealer use that damp sponge you used earlier for your foundation just to push it onto the areas you need it. This method won’t leave you looking too powdery or dry.

I really hope this helps some of you because I know how frustrating it can be to spend lots of money on a foundation only to have it look bad once you apply it. Just remember that skincare is key! I still haven’t found the “miracle” foundation but my skincare really helps my makeup look great no matter what base I use.



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