The Best Makeup for Dry Skin: 10 Hydrating Foundations, Blushes, and Lipsticks for a Healthy Glow
If the makeup you once counted on for an instant swipe of color or an all-over healthy glow is no longer packing the same transformative impact, it’s not your imagination. Your canvas may have changed. “We’re all dealing with a lack of hydration,” says the makeup artist Daniel Martin of working with a dry complexion. “It alters the texture of the skin.” In such parched times, powder-based products are not your friend. “They tend to sit on dehydrated skin, and just look like makeup,” says Martin, who keeps clients like Jessica Alba and Vanessa Traina Snow looking supernaturally fresh-faced, even in the winter months. “Unless you’re wearing a statement lip, your makeup should look like it’s coming from within,” he says, which is why he packs an arsenal of cream- and oil-based products in his kit.
According to Martin, the quickest way to turn any skin care stalwart (primer, concealer, tinted BB cream) into cold-weather camouflage is to add a drop of thin oil to it in your palm before application. “If I’m not using oil as a moisturizer, I’m adding it to foundation,” says Martin, whose favorites include Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil and Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil. “You want one that absorbs quickly and won’t look shiny—it will make your foundation look like skin.”
To warm up the face, Martin sets aside his brushes and applies a buildable cream color tint to the apples of the cheeks with his fingers. “In the winter, I like dual lip and cheek products for radiance without looking like you’ve tried.” A sunny pink pigment like Dior Cheek and Lip Glow or Le Métier de Beauté Crème Fresh Tint in Poppy will give the vibrant effect of a ski flush while supplying your cheeks with extra hydration to protect against cold winds. “I even like them pressed onto the eyes—from there you can layer shadow on top for extra color.” Or, simply start with an equally versatile cream shadow. “A good taupe can be used to add depth to the eyes and to contour the cheeks.”
On the mouth, a moisturizing stain does the trick. “When you’re dealing with chapped lips, you want some color, but your primary goal should be nourishment.” Martin has made a recent habit of applying The Face Shop’s Milky Moisture Tint in Grape Pink onto the mouth as an almost imperceptible lip treatment and enhancer.
Once your makeup is set, an oil-based misting spray will add a dewy finish while staving off skin thirst for the rest of the day. Here, a look at the beauty essentials worth stocking up on from now until spring.
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