10 Ultimate Makeup Tips for Dry Skin You Should Follow In 2023



Dry and flaky skin is troublesome when you put on your makeup. Sometimes your makeup will look dull and flaky. This situation can pull you back from makeup.

After reading this article, I guarantee you that you will never worry about having dry skin. You will learn how to put your makeup on without being dull, dry, and flaky.

In today’s article, I’m going to cover all the makeup tips for dry skin. So, let’s get started.

Makeup Tips For Dry Skin

Tip 01 – Cleanse Your Face Daily

It is important to cleanse your face before you are doing your skincare and makeup. During a cleansing process, it removes our dead skin cells and dirt. Since you have dry skin, cleansing your skin is a must to remove all dead skin cells. 

You can use a cleanser or face wash to clean your face. Keep in mind to use a product that is extremely made for dry skin. 

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Tip 02 – Face Exfoliation Is Compulsory

If your face has tons of dead skin cells, foundations and, other makeup products can not absorb well to your face. The thing you have to do is to exfoliate your face at least once a week.

Choose a gentle exfoliator to use. 

After the exfoliation, your skin is totally clean without dead skin and has a smooth base for your makeup.

Keep in mind to apply a toner after exfoliation.

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Tip 03 – Apply A Hydrating Face Pack

Giving hydration and nutrition is a must for any skin type. After exfoliating your skin and toner it, you can apply a face pack or hydrating face sheet mask. 

Tip 04 – Do Not Avoid Moisturizing

Moisturizing is a crucial thing in a skincare routine. Moisturizing your face twice a day can hydrate and brighten your skin. 

Usually, we moisturize our faces. If you have dry skin, you need to hydrate your face and it is compulsory. Plus, you need to moisturize your face before doing your makeup also. When applying a moisturizer before makeup, it can give you the maximum hydration and the chances for dry and flaky makeup are ZERO.

Keep in mind to choose a moisturizer for dry skin. Also, it is better if you can choose a moisturizer with sunscreen. Then you need not apply sunscreen because your moisturizer contains it.

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Tip 05 – Apply A Hydrating Primer

We use a primer before makeup, to give a smooth base. Plus, primer can seal your makeup and give it a long-lasting look.

For dry skin people, you can use a hydrating primer.  

Tip 06 – Apply A Liquid Foundation

The main function of a foundation is to create an even skin tone throughout the face. We all know that the skin tone of our face is different than the skin tone of our under eyes and neck. In order to get an even tone, you can use a foundation.

Here, applying a liquid foundation is the most suitable thing for dry skin. A liquid foundation can give you hydration as well.

The techniques you use to apply your foundation are also very important too. Use a beauty blender instead of a brush and tap the foundation all around your face. Beauty blenders can help you to apply the foundation well.

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Tip 07 – Use Powder Only For Suitable Areas

Basically, we use loose or compact powder to seal the foundation layer. When you apply a foundation, it can be cakey and remain in your smile lines. Once you put a compact powder you can seal the foundation layer.

If you have dry skin, avoid using a loose or compact powder around your face. Just apply for necessary areas such as under the eyes and other places that make smile lines. 

If you apply powder around your face, it can dry your face. So, just apply only for the places that are necessary.  

Tip 08 – Apply A Cream Blusher

Blusher is totally optional, But I know most of you like to apply a blusher on your cheeks to give a natural look to your makeup. 

If you have dry skin, you can use a cream or liquid blusher for your cheeks. Avoid using powder blushers.

Budget-Friendly Tip – You can use lipstick as a blusher too. Apply a tiny amount of lipstick on the edge of a palm and rub it from the other edge of the palm. Then tap it on your face. 

As usual, you can create the makeup look you want by using the rest of the products like mascara, eyeliner, and many more.

When it comes to other makeup products, if you have dry skin, you can use cream concealers, cream highlighters, cream bronzers, etc.

Also, if your eyelids are not dry, you can use powder eye shadows and if you have dryness in your eyelids, you can use cream eye shadow.  

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Tip 09 – Apply a Lip Balm

Before you are doing your lip makeup, you need to hydrate your lips. Lips balms can hydrate your lips. For dry skin people, you should not avoid lip balm. 

If you can exfoliate your lips before going to your makeup, that is great. But if you do have not much time just apply lip balm and let it to be moisturized. After that, you can remove it using a paper tissue.

Through this process, you provide a smooth base for your lip makeup.

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Tip 10 – Use A Face Mist

Now, your makeup is done. What you need to do is to give a finishing look to st your whole makeup. Usually, people use setting spray to set the makeup for a long time. For dry skin people, you can use a face mist. This step is also very crucial to keep your makeup long-lasting and without getting dry.


For dry skin people, what you need to focus on in your makeup and skincare routine is HYDRATION. You need to hydrate your skin to avoid dull and flaky skin. Always try to use cream or liquid-based products when you put a makeup. Plus, when it comes to skincare, use all the products that are made for dry skin. 


1. Why does moisturizing your skin important? 

Moisturizing is an unavoidable step in a skincare routine for those who have any type of skin. Especially for dry skin people, Hydration and moisturizing are compulsory. If you have dry skin, moisturizing can help you to get rid of dry, flaky, and dull skin. Plus, if you hydrate your skin before makeup, you will never have dry makeup.

2. Can I use sunscreen as a moisturizer applying my makeup?

Usually, we use moisturizer and after that, sunscreen before doing makeup. But if you have dry skin, as I mentioned earlier, you can not avoid moisturizing. Also, sunscreen partially can moisturize your skin. But can not do it as a moisturizer. You can apply your moisturizer first and after that, you can apply your sunscreen. Or, nowadays there are moisturizers that have a certain amount of SPF. you can try one of them too. 

3. Is Vitamin C good for dry skin?

Yes. Vitamin C can moisturize your skin. Plus, Vitamin C can give you youthful skin without sagging it. 

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4. Are there any tips for dry skin?

Yes, If you have dry skin, drink plenty of water. Water is the ultimate hydrate bomb for your body. From my own experience, water can give the maximum beauty benefits other than any other cosmetic product.

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