How To Keep Your Foundation Looking Fresh Even With Dry Skin?


Dry skin can be itchy and flaky and when you put foundation it can amplify the dryness, the flakiness and can even make your face look like a pancake. Here are some useful tips to help your dry skin look fresher longer.


One of the best tips to keep your foundation smooth is to have a smooth base. Having a smooth canvas ensures that your foundation looks flawless. By exfoliating, you eliminate dry patches and textures, allowing your moisturizer primers and foundation to glide on smoothly and melt foundation nicely into your skin.

There are many types of exfoliators for dry skin. There are physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. Physical exposures use ingredients that act as abrasive, such as sugar salt and even crushed-up walnut shells sometimes. Physical abrasives aren’t recommended for everyday use, even though you may get dry patches daily. Physical abrasives can create micro-tears in your skin, which will damage your skin further in the long run. You should only use physical abrasives a maximum of twice a week. Instead, it is more suitable for dry skin to use a chemical exfoliator that has ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Citric Acid Which help chemically exfoliate the first layer of the epidermis.


Moisturizer is dry skin’s best friend, moisturizer helps skin look fresh, plump, and smooth. But not all moisturizers are created equal, and not all moisturizers are made for dry skin. Water-based moisturizers are more suitable for dry skin as opposed to oil-based and petroleum-based moisturizers. You should only use petroleum-based and oil-based moisturizer if you don’t plan on wearing foundation that day. Petroleum-based and oil-based moisturizers are ideal to use at night, especially for dry skin.



Slugging is a Korean beauty trend that recently came to the western world. This is one you’ll Every petroleum-based ointments and creams on your face and leave it on your skin overnight. The waste flogging works in that the petroleum-based product creates a thin film on top of your skin, acting as a barrier That helps keep water and moisture in your skin. The occlusive product traps in moisture and helps regenerate your skin’s health pastor as opposed to not slugging. It’s important to minimize the use of slugging to only 1 to 2 times a week as constant slugging can lead to clogged pores, especially if you do not have the proper skin care regimen that will help clear out pores.

Use the Proper Primer

There are many types of makeup primers out there. Water-based primers silicon-based primers and oil-based primers. Remember this makeup rule, “Like begets like”.

Meaning, that your makeup primer needs to be made of the same key ingredient as your foundation. So check out the label at the back of your primer and the back of your foundation. If the first ingredient of your primer and the first green and other foundation is the same, that is safe to use that primer and foundation combo. Not using the same ingredient foundation and primer can lead to makeup cakiness. Let’s say you use a silicone-based primer even though it promises to smooth out your pores and texture and create a smooth base for your foundation if you do not use a silicon-based foundation or a clay-based foundation, let’s say you use a water-based serum foundation then your makeup will this end up sliding off throughout the day. But if you use a water-based serum primer and a water-based serum foundation, then your foundation has something to cling to.

Hydrating Foundation


Just like the previous point, “like begets like”, dryer foundation will cling on to the dry patches of your skin so make sure to use a hydrating foundation that is water-based. Bonus points for foundations that have ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid which will not only keep your skin glowing and plump but will be better for your skin in the long run compared to foundations that don’t have any other adding benefits.

Oiling Your Foundation

If you are in a rush, want coverage, and don’t have the time to go through your whole can prep process, you can create your own tinted face oil that will not only give view hydration but also give you a little bit of coverage. Oils like sunflower seed oil jojoba oil Almond oil and grapeseed oil are great for your skin. Just take one pump of your Full coverage foundation that is either oil-based or silicone-based and a few drops of your favorite oil mix it and apply it to your skin this creates a nice sheer tint on your skin without having to do all the skin prep and without committing to a full coverage foundation.

Use a Beauty Blender

Sometimes the best tool is the one you have, and that’s your fingers. But if you insist on using makeup tools, then the best tool for dry skin would be a wet makeup sponge as opposed to a brush. Brushes can cause micro exfoliant to the skin which is terrible for dry skin this is what can lead to flaking throughout the day even though you did all your skin prep properly the dabbing motion you use for applying makeup using a wet makeup sponge is what helps makeup stay looking smooth makeup sponges also reduce the look of streak lines compared to using a makeup brush. Just make sure to only squeeze out the water and only keep the makeup sponge damp. A super wet sponge will absorb too much of your product and you’ll end up wasting more products than using.

Powder Less


You do not have to powder your entire face. Naturally, dry skin will get dryer throughout the day so only powder the parts that you need to, such as your t-zone, under your eyes, your eyelid, and your chin. The sides of your cheek are naturally more dry. It’s also nice to keep this area glowing as glowing rosy cheeks look much plumper and youthful than matte skin.

Face Mist

Your skin needs moisture throughout the day. Applying a facial mist throughout the day will not only help rejuvenate your actual skin, but also give you a dewy look that looks stunning on every skin type. Just cover your eye area to not melt your eyebrow and eyelid makeup.

Use facial mist with moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera so that you’re not only applying water or the skin, but also humectants & moisturizers.

Misting your face is especially important with the recent heat waves faced in many parts of the world. Check to read about the recent heat waves in the UK.

Avoid Face Glitter

You would think that face glitters and mica powders would make your skin look more glowing and hydrated, but glitters and mica powders cling to dry patches on your skin. So avoid makeup primer and foundation powders that are way too glittery and frosty. Look for products that are more glossy or use minimal glitters and mica powder to give you that glow.


In the end, it’s your face your rules. These are only tips, and there are no set rules. So experiment all you want. Makeup is an expression so remember to always have fun!