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Glowy Makeup for Dry Skin

While makeup trends come and go, like heavy contouring and super matte lipstick, we can’t seem to get enough of dewy, glowing skin. Even if you have dry skin, getting a hydrated and glowy look is achievable with the correct prep and the right products.

Keep reading for iHerb Beauty’s guide for creating glowy makeup for dry skin. You can also achieve this look if you don’t have dry skin, although you might need to set the finished look with powder so that it lasts a little longer on combination to oily skin. Let’s get started.

Prep Your Skin

To help ensure smooth makeup application, with minimal flaking or troublesome dry patches if you have dry skin, it’s important to prep your skin well beforehand. Proper skincare is the foundation to great makeup, so always start with cleansed skin. We also recommend a few extra steps that will go a long way to create a hydrated and long lasting makeup look.

1.     Exfoliate

Start off by swiping a Cane + Austin Retexture Pad over clean skin. Appropriate for daily use on all skin types, including dry skin, these peel pads contain 10% glycolic acid. This helps speed up the natural sloughing off of dead skin cells and stimulate the skin to produce more collagen. The pads gently exfoliate skin and give it a smoother texture with less dullness. They also even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines.

2.    Mist & Moisturize

Ensure a smooth base for the rest of the products in your routine by adding a layer of moisture. Close your eyes and spritz Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Mist a few inches from your face. This ultra-light spray contains the superstar of hydrating ingredients, hyaluronic acid, to make your skin look plump and dewy. It also contains vitamins B1, B2 and B6. Depending on how dry your skin is, apply a moisturizer such as Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream for Extra-Dry SkinSympli Beautiful All Day Hydration Cream or Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Cream.

3.    Prime & Protect

Now that your skin is smooth and moisturized, use a multi-tasking product that will not only prime your skin, but add some sun protection as well. Heimish Artless Glow Base SPF 50+ PA+++ is a hydrating makeup base with light-reflecting qualities that create a luminous (rather than a matte) finish. Massage a small amount evenly onto your face using clean fingertips until it fully absorbs.

Add Lightweight and Hydrating Base Makeup


To get that glowy makeup look you’re going for, you’ll want to stick to hydrating products in liquid rather than powder form. You’ll also want something that’s lightweight, such as the Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer. Available in seven shades, it provides lightweight hydration and just enough coverage to minimize skin imperfections like enlarged pores without feeling or looking heavy or cakey. You can use a brush, a beauty blender sponge or your fingers to apply it evenly over your face.

Next, cover up under-eye circles, redness, blemishes and other imperfections with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This liquid concealer won’t dry out your skin, and it comes in 12 shades to match all skin tones. Use the concealer’s wand to dot it wherever you need coverage, and then blend it out using your finger or a beauty blender sponge.

A bronzing stick like L.A. Girl Velvet Bronzer Contour Stick will add warmth and provide just a hint of definition when applied to your cheeks. Simply apply it to the hollow right under your cheekbones to contour your face and buff it out with a brush. Enriched with jojoba seed oil, cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil and shea butter, it’s hydrating with a velvety texture that blends easily.

What could be better for achieving a glowy look than using a product that’s specially designed to boost glow? Continuing with the plan of using liquid and cream products, highlight your cheekbones with a liquid highlighter like L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glow Amour in Daybreak. It will give you the silken glow of a powder highlighter without the drying effects. The formula is really lightweight and hydrating since it’s infused with shea butter, yet it never feels greasy. Apply the liquid highlighter to the top of your cheekbones and tap the product around lightly, moving back toward the direction of your temples. Make sure to blend it in well for a shimmering, glowy effect.

Finish Up With A Simple Eye Look and Lip Gloss

For an easy and quick eye look, apply a chubby eye shadow stick like Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Moonlight. Its long-lasting and creamy formula is easy to apply by smudging it on and blending it out with your fingertips or an eyeshadow brush.

For a more natural look, line your eyes with Koji Dolly Wink Pencil Eyeliner in Brown for some definition without looking too harsh. Then, apply one or two coats of a lengthening mascara like Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Ultra Long Mascara to your lashes.

To create that perfect frame for your eyes, don’t forget to fill in your brows. Sana New Born Eyebrow Powder & Pencil gives you flexibility because it’s a two-in-one product that contains an eyebrow pencil and an eyebrow powder. Apply the pencil to your brows using soft, short strokes. Follow with the eyebrow powder to fill in any gaps or if you want a softer look, and then use the spoolie brush to give the brows shape and to corral any stray hairs.

The finishing touch to this glowy makeup is glossy lips. Sweep on Lorac Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Duchess or a shade that works for you. The gloss is enhanced with moisturizing ingredients and antioxidants like pomegranate, acai berry, vitamins C and E, and grape seed extract.

Go For The Glow

Even if you have dry skin, you can achieve a smooth and hydrated glowy makeup look. Remember to exfoliate, moisturize and prime your skin to get a good base for liquid and cream-based makeup products. Skip the setting powder if you have dry skin and look dewy and fresh all day long.

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