The weather is getting even colder, and it’s getting increasingly more difficult to keep skin moisturised and looking healthy – especially when make-up is a must. The chill really takes it out of your skin and can leave it dry, flaky and tired; luckily, with our beauty tips for dry skin, you can cover any blemishes like a professional.
- Preparation is key
Whilst it sounds obvious, prepping dry skin for makeup should be a vital part of your January beauty routine. As make-up gathers and cakes on dry patches, make sure to exfoliate and moisturise before applying any cosmetics; we like the Garnier Pure Active Charcoal Scrub to buff away flakes, and the L’Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Triple Active Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin to properly moisturise the skin.
- Use a lightweight primer
To stop make-up settling into creases, prime the skin after letting your moisturiser sink in. Use a separate primer for eyelids and face; the Elizabeth Arden Eye Fix Primer keeps shadow in place all day long, whilst the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer gives cheeks a silky smooth finish.
- Apply foundation with your fingers
Make-up brush junkie? Break the habit in January, and apply your foundation with your fingertips instead; this warms up the product and spreads it evenly over drier areas, whilst avoiding brush-marks on the skin. Make sure to use a hydrating foundation too, and opt for cream or liquid, not powder; favourites include the Inika Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation, Astalift Light Analysing Moisture Foundation, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation.
- Cream based products are your new best friend
Say goodbye to your matte lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushers: cream based products are a must this January. New CID Cosmetics I-Colour Cream Eyeshadow is available in a range of beautiful jewel shades and settles onto the skin beautifully; Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks are ideal for any dry pout, and the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush adds a pop of colour to cheeks – without draining moisture.
- Hydrate throughout the day
Your beauty routine doesn’t stop once your make-up is applied: remember to take a hydrating lip balm and hand cream out with you. Dr PawPaw Original Balm is a multi-purpose weapon against the elements and any dry skin flare ups, and can be used on lips, cheeks, hands and body. Try the tinted Dr PawPaw balms as a lip or cheek tint, too!