How Do I Choose the Best Makeup for Dry Skin? (with picture)

Alex Tree
Alex Tree
Because fair-skinned people in particular often burn easily, look for a creamy foundation or BB cream that contains adequate suncreen.
Because fair-skinned people in particular often burn easily, look for a creamy foundation or BB cream that contains adequate suncreen.

Although the best makeup for dry skin varies from person to person, choosing makeup specifically for dry skin that includes sun protection and is not a powder can help achieve the look you are going for. Makeup clearly labeled “for dry skin” is usually creamier than that for regular or oily skin. In addition, if the makeup includes sunscreen, you will be better protected from future sun damage. Lastly, many makeup experts advise opting for liquid makeup instead of powder for dry skin. When in doubt, however, try asking a makeup salesperson what is best for your skin and if he or she can help you try on a few products.

When choosing the best makeup for dry skin, purchase products specifically labeled “dry skin formula” or something similar. These products tend be creamier than normal makeup products and should look better on your skin than regular products. Stay away from makeup marked “best for oily skin” because these products tend to soak up moisture, which is something your skin does not need taken away.

Sometimes makeup for dry skin has sunscreen mixed in for protection when you spend time outdoors. This is a major pro when choosing the best product for you. The sun can dry your skin out, and protection from sun in the form of something you apply every day can help reverse dry skin. When choosing between a makeup that does not have sunscreen and one that does, opt for the extra protection.

Many experts advise against using powder makeup for dry skin. There is a reason why many powders are advertised as great for oily skin; powders are dry and absorb moisture. If your skin is already dry, a powder can significantly increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and droopy under eyes. It can also make your skin look somewhat duller. When choosing a new makeup, feel free to experiment with powders, but remember that it is probably best to use very little or none at all.

For skin to look its best, it is usually necessary to apply a moisturizer before any makeup. Generally, a moisturizing foundation is not enough for dry skin, though many people choose to apply a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers often make great bases for the rest of the makeup and can also be worn alone for light and quick coverage.

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    • Because fair-skinned people in particular often burn easily, look for a creamy foundation or BB cream that contains adequate suncreen.
      Because fair-skinned people in particular often burn easily, look for a creamy foundation or BB cream that contains adequate suncreen.