When it comes to makeup application, there’s two words our drier skinned friends fear the most, ‘Flaky and Cakey’. This occurs from foundation that is too matte and accentuates dryness, or products that are too heavy and leave skin feeling tight and restricted. Words such as dewy, plump, hydrated, and glowing are much more accepted, so we’re going to share our tips to battling dryness with your makeup application.
Your skin care routine plays a huge role in the finish of your makeup. To achieve a flawless finish on dry skin, you’ll need an instant hit of hydration to plump the skin and allow your foundation to glide on evenly. This is exactly what Hylauronic acid will do! Hylauronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in water, so your dryness/flakiness will be ‘softened’ to allow for easier application.
Next step is your moisturiser. This will need to be something comforting and hydrating- but not too rich like a shea butter, as this will create too much slip and your foundation won’t adhere to the skin. Aspect Dr Resveratrol is wonderfully hydrating and contains loads of antioxidants to help fight off free radicals and give the skin a fresh finish. (To banish flakiness try Aspect SMC, Organic Nation Hydration Rescue Gel and/or Cosmedix Rescue+ of an evening, to help overnight)
Your foundation should be in liquid or cream form, making sure you avoid Silica as this can have a drying effect on the skin, it absorbs oil! Apply in a tapping/pressing motion, as dragging will only cause streaks in your lovely hydrated skin. You can then use a brush/sponge in a circular motion to buff it in, giving a natural finish. Check out our extraordinary makeup choices for Colorescience (include your SPF) and Osmosis Colour – both are missing the nasties and are chocked full of nourishing antioxidants.
If you’re using any contouring, bronzing or highlighting products, our best advice, stick to creams!! The second you apply powder to a dry skin, no matter how hydrated the skin is underneath, it will eventually, if not instantly feel tight and restricted. You’ll also have to then use powdered blush, bronzers, highlighters etc on top, and your dry skin will not be happy!
Using contouring creams, grab a buffing brush and apply under your cheekbones, under your jawline, around the hairline and either sides of the nose. Apply a dab of cream blush to your cheeks and blend with your foundation onto the apples of your cheeks, tapering upwards towards your ear. Add a touch of highlighter down the centre of the nose, above the cupid’s bow of the lip, centre of your forehead and high plains of your cheeks. Powder form can be used for highlighting VERY lightly if you prefer, but make sure your brush isn’t a tight haired brush like a Kabuki as you’ll add way too much product. Be cautious of the eye area when using highlighter around the eye area, as the glitter/sheen can accentuate any fine lines and wrinkles.
When using all cream products, it’s important to only use small amounts and work them into the skin with brushes or sponges at each step. The last thing you want is all your products sitting on the surface of your skin, so continue to press, tap and use circular motions. This will help blend the products together, giving you the most natural finish.
Don’t forget to carry a Spray mist with you and use it throughout the day. This helps to set your makeup and to keep you looking and, most importantly feeling fresh and hydrated all day. Those based on heavy water will actually penetrate your makeup, giving your skin relief deep down.
Applying makeup is a work of art if you think about it. You prepare your skin (your canvas) so you have the best base to work with, you then use colour and textures to give different shape and 3D effects; making cheekbones and eyes pop through highlighting and contrasting.
The end result is you portraying a look that you had in mind before you even begun –
HYDRATED glowing goddess 😊
Still not sure?
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