Makeup tips for dry skin

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If you have dry skin, you know how difficult it can be to apply makeup. The right makeup to accumulate in the dry areas of the face instead of being absorbed by the skin, making it look irregular and poorly applied. Before applying makeup to dry skin, prime your skin to give it the hydration it needs. Also, be sure to use specific products formulated for dry skin. Prepare the skin and use the right products so that the makeup spreads effortlessly so that even up close, the makeup looks flawless.

  1. Wash your face No matter what skin type you have, always wash your face before putting makeup on. This will give you the ideal canvas for makeup, leaving your skin fresh and ready for everything you apply. It will also wash away any makeup or products that you have previously used. This will prevent breakouts and clogged pores. Use a mild facial cleanser formulated for dry skin to wash your face. Facial cleansers for normal or oily skin are too aggressive and can worsen dryness.
  2. Hydrate your skin. After washing your face, apply moisturizer to your skin, focusing on the driest areas. For most, the area around the nose and the space between the eyebrows tend to be the driest areas. Use an extra-hydrating cream formulated for dry skin. Apply enough moisturizer to be absorbed through the skin, but not so much that the skin is greasy.
  3. Apply a primer. The primer is a transparent, gelatinous layer that is applied to the skin before makeup. In the case of dry skin, the primer is very useful because it gives the skin a softer texture so that the makeup can be applied without accumulating on the dry areas of the skin. To apply the primer, put a point on your finger and apply it to various sections of the face. Don't apply too much primer. In general, use only one dot for small areas like the chin and nose and two dots for larger areas like the cheeks or forehead.
  4. Apply an eye primer. The eye primer helps the eyeshadow and liner spread more smoothly and will allow the eye makeup to diffuse better. It is usually colored to give the eyelids a more even tone. If you have dry eyelids, they may look red or irritated. The eye primer hydrates without oiling the eyelids too much and helps combat discoloration. Apply a pinch of primer to each eyelid and spread it with your fingertips.
  5. Use a lip balm. If you suffer from dry skin, you may have chapped lips. Chapped lips make it almost impossible to apply lipstick or other lip products evenly. Poorly applied lipstick is one of the most noticeable mistakes, so be sure to wear a layer of lip balm before putting on makeup.

To moisturize the face and not have a dull and dry appearance, it is important to hydrate it properly and use products that have a creamy texture.

  • Wear makeup designed for dry skin. Be sure to use a foundation and concealer for dry skin. The foundation for dry skin contains more moisturizers than the foundation for normal or oily skin, which means that it can be applied more easily and will keep the skin nourished and fresh, instead of making it look weakened.
  • Use a liquid foundation instead of a powder foundation. If you use a powder foundation, this may be the cause of some of your makeup problems. The powder base is ideal for people with oily skin, as it helps absorb excess moisture and oil from the skin. However, if you have dry skin, using powdered makeup will only leave your skin drier than before. Dust will accumulate on dry areas of the face, making makeup look uneven, especially up close.
  • Apply the foundation. Choose an area of ​​the face to start applying the foundation. Put a little liquid foundation on your finger and then spread it on your face. Use a foundation brush to blend it into the skin. Repeat the process on the entire face, except for the lower part of the eyes and eyelids.
  • Apply the concealer. Use a liquid or cream concealer in the area under the eyes and in any other area that you think needs more coverage. Apply the concealer as if it were the liquid foundation, with a series of small taps. Use a small makeup brush that can cover all areas of the bottom of the eye.
  • Use a spray make-up fixer. Use a spray fixer, rather than a powder, to set makeup. Hold the spray about one foot (30 cm) from your face and apply a gentle spray. The spray fixative has a hydrating effect, unlike the fixing powder that absorbs this precious moisture.
  • Put on your eye makeup. With your eyes ready, apply your eye makeup as usual. You will notice that with the primer on, it will be easier to blend the eyeshadow and the pencil will move better.
  • Use a liquid blush. If your cheeks and cheekbone areas are prone to dryness and the powdery blush spreads unevenly, try a liquid one. Liquid blush is not only softer but will last longer and is more heat resistant. To use liquid blush, dab a spot on your cheekbones and spread it with a blush brush with small taps.
  • Put on your lipstick. By the time you've put on foundation, blush, and eye makeup, you may start to feel dry on your lips again. Put on a thin layer of lip balm. Wait a moment for it to settle, then apply lipstick. Try to avoid long-lasting or matte lipsticks, as these have a drying effect.
  • Put on a highlighter for a sprayed look. If you don't like wearing dry skin, use a liquid highlighter to give it a fresh, dewy look. Use a liquid highlighter and apply a drop to the top of each cheekbone. Tap your finger diagonally across the edge of the cheekbone.
  • Retouch your makeup throughout the day. Check your makeup every couple of hours. If you notice that the skin is flaking or that dry areas have formed, revitalize your skin. First, take a pair of tweezers and remove the flakes from dry skin. Then dab moisturizer on each dry part with a pat. The moisturizer will give the skin the hydration and nutrition it needs and will make the makeup look less dry and fluffy.


Take your time to apply makeup and blush. It is important to make sure that everything is well integrated into the skin, otherwise, the makeup will stay on the surface and look uneven.

Be sure to apply your makeup in a well-lit environment. You need to check that your makeup looks flawless even in a bright space.

If you still notice that the base is uneven, consider investing in a higher quality base. Sometimes simply buying a better quality product can make a difference.


Sonia Corredor/Shimarz Blog Writer 

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