Dry Skin Under Makeup

Discover how to make dry skin look its best under makeup.

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Dry-skin sisters, this one's for you. If -- when you put on your makeup -- your face doesn't have a healthy glow, that's just all types of wrong. Are you ready to say goodbye to dull-looking makeup forever? Of course you are. Learn how to make your dry skin look phenomenal under makeup from celebrity makeup artist Carlene K and Bare Escentuals designer of makeup artistry Christina Choi.

You Glow, Girl

If there's one thing most people don't do enough of, it's exfoliating. It's especially important for dry skin. Carlene suggests exfoliating "at least two to three times a week if the skin is dry." That way, you aid circulation, get rid of dead skin cells and lessen the appearance of fine lines. Be sure to keep exfoliating scrubs away from your sensitive eye area. Once you've completed exfoliation, your pores will be ready to take in some much-needed hydration.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

The second part of the ideal beauty routine that most people skip is moisturizing. After cleansing, all skin types need a good moisturizer to balance the skin. Choi advises, "All skin types, especially those with dry skin, should always keep your face hydrated, day and night. Using a heavier cream with antioxidants will allow your skin to have sufficient moisture throughout the day and give you environmental protection."

The Eyes Have It

The skin under your eyes is quite thin and fragile. Therefore, you need to give the eyes extra special attention on a daily basis. Follow Choi's lead and "use eye cream every day. If you suffer from dry skin, you want to make sure the delicate area around the eye is well hydrated too. This will help prevent wrinkles and fine lines as well."

Prime Time

With a client roster that includes Meagan Good and Kristin Cavallari, Carlene knows how to make all skin types look flawless. "It's so important to find a great primer so the makeup glides right on and doesn't get stuck on dry patches," she says. Consider primer as your first step in makeup application. When you spend time putting on foundation, you want people to look at your perfect skin, not caked makeup.

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