Top Products and Tips for Dry Skin

I find that oily skin has a lot of attention in the beauty industry rather than dry skin. Working with people of various skin types and conditions, it has allowed me to understand which products work well for each type. I usually get asked a lot of questions about how to deal with dry skin and how to make it look good. Whether you are someone who has dry skin or dry patches, here are some products and tips which will help. The key to dry skin is to hydrate and moisturise your skin well.

Typically in colder climates the skin can become more dry than usual. So ensure to moisturise appropriately.  This is because if the skin has not been hydrated and prepped properly, once the foundation sets on dry skin it starts to become noticeable in patches and also cling on to certain parts on the skin. This is only visible after the makeup has set and not whilst applying. No matter what skin type you have, it is imperative that you prep the skin well before any makeup application.

You need to prep according to the skin type that you have. People who have dry skin or dry skin conditions need to start from the basics of skin care, starting with a face wash. Choose a face wash that contains oil as this will help the skin stay balanced and moisturised. Even if you are not applying any makeup that day. Then use a gentle daily facial scrub, such as a coffee scrub, cleanser scrubs from Lush or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. This is so that the dead skin cells on your skin have been exfoliated to give you a smoother canvas to start with. Alternatively, you can use a cleanser that you leave on your face and then wipe or peel off. This will also give you a smoother appearance for you to start your base makeup.


Another additional step that you can do is apply rose water over the face as a toner with a face pad after washing your face. Try to use as many natural products in your skincare, if not, just try and stay away from as many harsh chemicals as you can. We all are guilty of using them (myself included). So once you have washed and dried your face with a cloth/towel (by patting the face) you are ready to begin.

Below I have listed some products in no particular order:


  1. Aveeno – Daily Moisturising Lotion
  2. Origins – GinZing Energy-boosting moisturiser
  3. Kiehl’s -Ultra Facial Cream


  1. Bobbi Brown – Vitamin enriched face base.
  2. Laura Mercier – Foundation primer in radiance
  3. Make Up For Ever – Hydrating primer.
  4. Smashbox – Photo finish hydrating primer


  1. Nars – Sheer Glow Foundation
  2. Illamasqua – Skin Base
  3. Mac – Face and Body
  4. Mac – Mineralize
  5. YSL – Le Teint Touche Eclat
  6. Bourjois – Healthy mix foundation
  7. Maybelline – Fit Me

These are some of the products that I have either tested on dry skin or are in my professional kit that I use on my clients with dry skin. I often receive a high request for the “dewy/glowy” look from clients with dry skin, and these are some of the products which help achieve just that. Remember to stay hydrated and ensure you drink plenty of water.

Please let me know what you think. I hope this helps with your makeup application and remember to wash and moisturise your face correctly xo.

Here are some pictures of clients who have dry skin.

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