I have dry skin: Which foundation should I use?

Dry skin can feel tight and is often uneven or even flaky in texture. Sometimes, this makes it difficult to apply makeup. Tricky, but not impossible! It's essential to follow a skin care routine for dry skin. Equally important is choosing the best foundation for dry skin and learning how to apply foundation for a visibly smooth, dewy complexion.

1. Skin care for dry skin makeup application

Dry skin can feel tight, itchy, and rough to the touch, and can even flake or peel. Figuring out how to put on foundation so it stays where it should, can be a real challenge.

The first step, before applying the foundation for dry skin is preparing your skin for makeup with a skin care routine made up of products that have been formulated specifically to address your skin’s concerns. With a face wash for dry skin, moisturizer, or alternatively, a face oil for dry skin, you can manage many of the factors that aggravate your skin. Let’s find out more!

Make sure your skin is always clean before applying makeup. The best face wash for dry skin is alcohol-free and contains no chemicals or harsh ingredients. Choose a face wash for dry skin that lifts dirt and bacteria but is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Follow with Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion – an extra-gentle, alcohol-free toner for dry skin that helps to balance, and visibly soften and soothe – with Aloe Vera, Linden, Almond, Marshmallow and Mango extracts. Every last trace of cleanser is removed, leaving even sensitive skin soft, comfortable and visibly refreshed.

Now it’s time to apply the best cream for dry skin, focusing on the driest areas. This can be the area around the nose and space between the eyebrows. Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream - Very Dry Skin is a rich nourishing face moisturizer for dry skin that helps to restore comfort, and add the appearance of radiance to super-thirsty skin, instantly soothing tightness. Skin is also shielded from the dehydrating effects of daily thermic shocks that can leave it looking dry and weathered, including sudden temperature changes, indoor and outdoor pollutants, and environmental stress. Organic Leaf of Life extract – a succulent plant that enhances the skin’s ability to retain precious moisture leaves it looking soft, supple, and intensely hydrated. This provides the perfect preparation for your full coverage foundation for dry skin.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat dry skin with excellent results. Clarins has always been devoted to the idea of plant-based skin care. Clarins’ oils are created with 100 percent pure plant extracts. We continue to boldly innovate, creating pioneering formulas that have often been industry firsts, problem-solving face care products that deliver real results. Try Santal Face Treatment Oil – a skin-calming oil for dry skin that uses an aromatic blend of essential oils, including Sandalwood, Cardamom and Lavender. These essential oils hydrate, visibly tone, and comfort skin that is very dry or stressed. Hazelnut Oil, rich in Omega 9 and Vitamin E, visibly softens, soothes and seals in moisture.

2. How to apply the best makeup for dry skin

Before reaching for the foundation, apply your best primer for dry skin. This will even out your skin tone and keep makeup looking fresh for longer.

The best foundation for dry skin delivers the coverage you need as well as providing hydration for dry skin on the face. A foundation for dry skin should never cake or settle into lines or pores which can make your skin look even duller and drier. Clarins Everlasting Foundation is a long-wearing, lightweight foundation that delivers a visibly glowy, flawless finish. This best foundation for dry sensitive skin has an ultra-fine texture that allows the skin to breathe while concealing imperfections.

Skin Illusion is Clarins’ first serum foundation that combines the fluidity of pure plant oils with the perfect amount of pigments that lets skin breathe. This foundation delivers a smooth, flawless, bare skin feel with buildable coverage and hours of impeccable wear. Clarins’ HD Light Optimizing complex – with pink pearls and soft-focus powders – provides immediate visible radiance to the skin. Red Jania reveals a luminous-looking complexion while Mary's Thistle Oil visibly softens the skin and Organic Leaf of Life extract keeps skin hydrated for many hours of wear.

Wondering how to apply liquid foundation? Dot a small amount of foundation for dry skin onto your finger and gently dab onto your face. Use a foundation brush to blend the foundation into your skin. Continue to apply foundation until you have all the coverage you need. Using a brush instead of your fingers to blend foundation minimizes dry skin flaking because good quality makeup brushes are gentler. Avoid pressing too hard with the brush – use a series of soft repetitive taps that blend in and spread the foundation to the area you are working on.

Now, use Clarins Fix Make-Up refreshing mist to set makeup and give a longer-lasting hold. Fix’ Make-Up is enriched with Aloe Vera and Allantoin, to help visibly moisturize and soothe the skin. Its invigorating Grapefruit extract and Organic Rose Water scent provide a continuous sense of well-being. A simple gesture for long-lasting makeup.

3. How to remove makeup

Always use a soft touch. Never scrub or rub at the skin and make sure you’re using a makeup remover that effectively lifts makeup, dirt, and bacteria while being gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin.

For more about how to remove makeup, watch Clarins’ makeup removal tutorial. Your preparation for tomorrow’s makeup application starts now!

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