Hey guys and dolls,
So autumn is rolling in, at least that’s the case here in Copenhagen…the temperature is lower and there’s plenty of humidity in the air. As the days get darker and colder here in the Scandinavian north my combination skin becomes extremely dry and patchy. So I thought I would share some of my top tips for creating a flawless face on dry skin and some of my favorite products to achieve that dewy, radiant and smooth complexion.
First and foremost if you have dry skin and patchy areas, (I’m sure you’ve experienced that annoying tendency for your foundation to cling to those areas and actually make them stand out), exfoliation will be your best friend. Before applying makeup use a wash cloth, exfoliating product or Clarasonic to lightly exfoliate the skin to remove dry patches and smooth the skin about once a week. Don’t over exfoliate or use super harsh products as this can actually dry the skin out and make it more prone to irritation and redness.
Prepping the skin is super important too. Using a hydrating toner has really great skin care benefits and does wonders on dry patchy skin. Use a super hydrating serum and moisturizer with light infusing technology. Avoid products with alcohol in them as they not only dry the skin but increase sensitivity and redness. I’m absolutely loving the hydrating skin care line from Nars that comes with a Multi Action Hydrating Toner, Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Luminous Moisture Cream and Total Replenishing Eye Cream .
Use your favorite primer to help smooth the skins surface making a more neutral and blank canvas to work on. You can even get light infusing primers which are great for dry skin. Lots of brands have primers like this such as Laura Mercier, Urban Decay and Too Faced. Some of my favorites include the Urban Decay Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion and the L’oreal Lumi Magique Base.
Choosing the right foundation is also key to a smooth and perfect finish to the skin. I really like dewy and radiant products for my skin. These type of products work wonders on dry skin. Keep a look out for products using terms such as Radiant, Luminous, Naked. These type of products will most likely suit dry skin. I’m especially loving the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Its really expensive but its just so wow!! There are also lots of drugstore equivalents that do a great job like the L’oreal Lumi Magique. Here are some of my favorite foundations that work wonders on dry skin as they add moisture and radiance to otherwise dull dry skin: Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Sheer Glow, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and L’oreal Lumi Magique.
Another great way to get that lit from within glow and dewy complexion is to use cream blushes and highlighters. I love the cream blushes from TopShop, Stilla and Maybelline.
Using the right tools and method of application is super important for those with dry skin. Avoid using a traditional paddle brush, buffing brushes, and stippling brushes as the movements with these type of brushes create micro exfoliation on the skin and thus creates an uneven and patchy surface. Instead try and use a damp cosmetic sponge. Ive tried all types of sponges but by far my favorite is the original Beauty Blender. This method is great for dry skin as you push the product against the skin and doesn’t disturb or enhance dry patches. It also absorbs excess product so you never look caked out 😀
Now lets talk about powder. If you like to set your foundation with powder for long lasting hold then use only minimal amounts of powder and try to apply powder only to the areas that really need it like the T zone as powder tends to dry the skin out. When applying powder avoid buffing it into the skin, rather push or roll the product into your skin to avoid disturbing it. This is also a great tip for all skin types as it doesn’t disrupt or move the foundation you applied.
If you ever use too much powder, or your foundation is a bit on the dry side then use a few sprays of dewy setting spray like Mac’s Fix+. Not only will this type of product add moisture back into the skin and eliminate cake face it can also help in the longevity of your make up 😀
Well those were my favorite products for dry skin and a few application tips. I’m always on the look out for great tips for dry skin as it can be difficult to handle so please leave a comment below if you have any great tips or product suggestions.
Hugs from Beauty Land