Solutions: How to Apply Makeup When Your Skin is Dry

Ta-ta, flaky skin.

Dry skin is the ultimate winter enemy. Even when the wind chill is working against you, use our guide to bring you closer to a flawless complexion. Read on to see how to apply makeup on dry, flaky skin.



The very first thing you need to do is prep your skin. Apply a light exfoliant to the problem areas and make sure not to overdo it! Too much scrubbing could actually make your skin flakier. Tatcha's Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($65) works wonders for sloughing off dead skin cells and getting the skin texture back to a silky soft finish. 



It's a no-brainer hydrating the skin is key to combating dry, flaky skin. After all, your makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath does. Grab a moisturizer that's known for replenishing and calming the skin. Influensters swear by GlamGlow's ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($43).

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Ditch your powder. Choose a foundation meant for dry skin.

Covergirl and Olay

Skip the powder—it'll only make you look drier! Instead, grab COVERGIRL & Olay's Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation Base, it combines the benefits of Olay's hydrating serum and the covering power of CG foundation. It's ideal for keeping the skin smooth and hydrated all day long.

Play up your eyes.

White eyeliner

If all else fails, divert attention from your flaky skin. Draw attention to your eyes by lining the waterline with a creamy white eyeliner to make your eyes seem brighter and bigger. Influensters swear by Revlon's Color Stay Creme Gel Eyeliner ($5.99).

What Influensters are saying:

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What are your tips for tackling dry skin? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author
Claire R.
Claire R.
I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!