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You want to achieve a natural, smooth appearance throughout the day. Just when you think you’ve mastered your makeup, because you looked great when you left the mirror this morning, you realize your full glam is creasing! It’s now mid-afternoon and you’re left wondering, “Why does my makeup look dry?”

The main reason your makeup looks dry is that the underlying skin is dry, and your foundation lacks adequate moisturizer. It can also be caused by skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, or even an allergic reaction to your makeup.

 As a professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician, I know the importance of looking your best and my cosmetics make it easy to achieve a flawless, healthy look that highlights your best features.

Let’s explore some of the top reasons your makeup starts flaking later in the day, see which powders and creams work best to prevent your skin from looking dry, and learn some mistakes to avoid so your makeup stays smooth all day.

Why Does My Skin Look Dry with Makeup On?

Knowing your skin type is very important when it comes to choosing your best makeup, especially face makeup. Your esthetician can help you learn your skin type and suggest makeup that best suits your type of skin.  Typically, skin types fall under Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, or Sensitive.

While you’ll want a foundation and a concealer that have moisturizers in them, you’ll want to find products that work best with your skin type.  If you have sensitive skin, I recommend you use a light spray primer with moisturizer. Always test a new product beforehand, on your hand or area other than your face, and watch for any adverse skin reaction.

All skin types need sunscreen daily, even in winter. UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage year-round and lead to wrinkles and dark spots.  (Read 5 main reasons why SPF needs to be part of your daily makeup routine.)

Apply a moisturizer, preferably one with Vitamin C Serum, to your neck and face every day. Also, be sure you’re not causing further damage when you remove your makeup.

Using makeup removal products that strip away the healthy sebum from your skin will worsen the issue. Avoid makeup removers that have formaldehyde, alcohol, and fragrances, and make sure you rinse your skin with water after you’ve used a makeup removal product. If you have oily skin, find a makeup remover that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you have dry skin, use a creamy makeup remover.

How to Prevent Makeup from Looking Cakey?

Pure Skin Pro Studio offers a custom-made foundation to match your skin perfectly. Our foundation has esthetician-approved skincare additives, which means double-duty makeup!

Find products already created for duo-purpose. For example, Skin Solissful Hydra Tint SPF 40 works like a primer while leaving skin hydrated and protected from UV damage.

Consider mixing setting spray into your foundation and into your concealer.

An especially challenging spot to avoid makeup failure is where wrinkles appear or where it’s most difficult for makeup to adhere, such as near lips and eyes.

For lips, I recommend using a gel lip liner to help you avoid feathering. Combine the lip liner with creamy lipstick and coat with a hydrating lip gloss. Moisturizing lip products will help prevent that dry, feathering look around your mouth.

To prevent eye makeup from creasing, use a setting powder or light concealer prior to applying your shadow or liner.

Do you have makeup products that are best suited for your individual beauty? Let’s work together to see what works, and what can be improved. I can provide a makeup bag makeover to recommend products to add to your makeup bag that suit your specific needs and makeup goals.

How Can I Keep Makeup From Flaking?

Healthy skin and good makeup choices are the secrets to makeup that never appears flaky and lasts throughout the day.

To achieve healthy skin, I recommend you moisturize daily, use SPF daily, and exfoliate 1-2 times each week (more often if your skin is prone to acne).

Corrective facial treatment may help remediate existing skin conditions that contribute to makeup failure.

Pure Skin Pro Studio provides facial and other treatments safely and effectively to all skin types. Contact us to schedule a consultation and let’s work together to resolve any issues you’re experiencing with dry makeup!