How to Apply Makeup to Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry skin is the most common skin issue during the winter months, and, as this worsens, skin begins to turn flaky, making it extremely tricky to apply makeup, as well as ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. To keep you looking your very best, OROGOLD is here with some useful tips on how to apply makeup to dry and flaky skin.

Skin care

Prep Your Skin
If you have dry and flaky skin, you can’t just begin to slather on the makeup without first taking the time to prep your skin, otherwise, your makeup will end up sitting on the skin flakes and caking in dry areas, emphasizing your flaky skin rather than covering it up. Before applying any makeup, you need to try to remove as many of the flakes from your face as possible, and the best way to do this is by using a light exfoliant, followed by a rich and hydrating moisturizer.

Liquid foundation.

Choose a Liquid or Cream Foundation
Once your skin has been exfoliated and moisturized, it is time to apply your foundation. Powder and mineral foundations are best avoided in the winter, as these tend to clog pores, leading to a pasty appearance. Instead, OROGOLD recommends a hydrating liquid foundation, making sure that the foundation is warmed to body temperature before applying it to your face, as this means it will absorb into your skin and blend much more naturally. While some prefer using a brush to apply their foundation, others tend to use their fingers, as this allows you to work the liquid into your skin, avoiding any patches that are still quite flaky. OROGOLD suggests experimenting with both methods to see which works best for your skin.

Woman applying makeup.

A Creamy Eyeshadow and Blush
Just like with the foundation, it is best to avoid powdered versions of eyeshadow and blush, as these will cake up on dry skin, drawing attention to parts that you usually want to hide. A primer on your eyes will help any shadow you apply to last throughout the day, while preventing it from creasing or smudging. Opting for a cream blush instead of a powder will give your skin a natural, dewy, rosy glow, hiding the fact that you have dry and flaky skin.

Woman applying lipstick.

A Perfect Pout
Dry and flaky skin affects your lips just as much as it does the rest of your face, and chapped lips are not what you want when striving for a flawless finish. To begin with, you need to exfoliate your lips, which is easily done with a soft toothbrush. OROGOLD suggests doing this regularly, as you do not want dead skin cells to build up on your lips. Once these flakes have been cleared, make sure that any color that you apply on top is a formula that is hydrating rather than drying.

It’s always quite tricky trying to apply makeup to dry, flaky skin, and, even once you do, chances are that the makeup won’t stay on all day. It is important to be aware of the products that you use and the way in which you apply them, focusing on hydrating and moisturizing products to give your skin the extra nourishment that it needs in the winter.

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Makeup Changes for Winter

Woman examining makeup

You adjust your skin care routine to the colder months, so why leave your makeup routine behind. Every makeup routine should also undergo a few essential adjustments to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter. To help you to do this quickly and easily, OROGOLD has put together a few helpful tips on the makeup changes that you should be making for winter.

Layering
In the winter months, layering should apply to your makeup as well as your clothing. You should be layering your skin care and makeup products to protect your skin as much as possible. If primer is something that you usually forget about, you need to make the effort in the winter to always apply a layer of primer if you are going to be using foundation or eyeshadow. OROGOLD would also suggest applying a hydrating serum before the primer, to give your skin an extra layer of moisture.

Hydrating foundation.

A Moisturizing Foundation
The winter months are extremely drying on the skin, which means that you will need a richer foundation that contains moisturizing and hydrating properties. Formulas that have mattifying properties are also drying, so it is usually best to avoid these in the winter. OROGOLD also reminds you to keep in mind that since you will be spending less time out in the sun, your skin may lighten by a couple of shades, so it is important that your winter foundation takes this into account.

Cream Eyeshadow
If you tend to usually opt for powder eyeshadows, OROGOLD suggests trying a cream eyeshadow in the winter. These dry months will ensure that the cream stays in place, avoiding any embarrassing smudges or creases. Don’t forget that when it comes to cream eyeshadows, a little goes a long way, so apply it sparingly to begin with.

Woman applying lipstick

A Hydrating Lip Formula
Many lipsticks end up drawing moisture away from your lips, so it is essential to make sure that you are using a hydrating lip formula in the winter months. These will ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite shades, but avoid having to deal with pesky chapped lips.

Waterproof Formulas
Depending on where you live, it may be helpful to switch to waterproof makeup formulas in the winter. This means that no matter what you do, whether it be getting caught out in a torrential shower or frolicking around in the snow, you can be sure that your makeup will stay in place.

Woman with rosy cheeks

Rosy Cheeks
In the summer months, most people will tend to opt for a sun-kissed appearance on their cheeks, giving their complexion a bronzed glow. However, this doesn’t really suit the colder months. Instead, OROGOLD suggests skipping the bronzer and opting for a cream blush, which will give your cheeks a subtle highlight, as well as a rosy glow.

Adjusting your makeup products and routine to better cater to the winter months will ensure that your skin remains fresh and healthy throughout the season. From opting for cream-based formulas instead of powders, to maintaining your skin’s moisture levels, these winter makeup tips will keep you looking your very best.