There are a few types of primers you can use on dry skin, a silicone based primer, a hydrating primer and an illuminating primer. A silicone primer is great if you have flakey skin, an illuminating primer is great if you have dull looking skin and a hydrating primer is a great added boost of hydrating for dry skin. They all give different looks so you can choose which one works best for you :)
A silicone, silky primer is great for smoothing out the skin and gliding over any dry and flakey patches so your foundation goes on more smooth. Think of it as creating a new, smooth layer of skin over dry, flakey skin. Great if you have really flakey, patchy skin.
Some examples are
- ELF Mineral Infused Primer $6
- Maybelline Baby Skin Primer $5
- Tarte Clean Slate 12 Hr Perfecting Primer $30
- Smashbox Photofinish Primer $36
An illuminating, dewy primer will add glow to your skin because dry skin can look a little dull and dehydrated. An illuminating primer has fine shimmer that will add some radiance to the skin so it looks naturally glowing from within instead of dewy from highlighters and such. It might look a little too shimmery at first but once your foundation is over it, it will come off as a slight sheen. An illuminating primer won’t help with dry patches or add hydration so you would want to incorporate exfoliating and moisturizing in your skin care routine. Great if you want a dewy look.
Some examples are
- Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer $12
- Tarte 12 Hr Brightening Primer $29
- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Illuminating Primer (smoothing and brightening) $8
- Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer (smoothing and brightening) $34
A hydrating primer is great for some added hydration under foundation instead of using a heavy, thick moisturizer which can look greasy in the day time. Your foundation will go on more smooth and won’t look dry and parched through out the day. Won’t make any dramatic differences just lock in moisture as the day goes on.
Some examples are
- Laura Mercier Primer - Hydrating $33
- Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum $65
- Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer $42
Personally I think you should save on eyeliners, mascaras, lip gloss, lipstick and spend a little more on base products like foundation, powder, primer and skin care. If your skin looks good anything else will look pretty good!
A few products I think you should invest in are
An every day blush. The drugstore blush department is really slacking to me so I would suggest getting one or two blushes from MAC or Sephora that you can use every day like a light pink or coral because blushes will last you years! I have some MAC blushes I use nearly every day for the last two years and they’re still going strong.
A long wearing foundation. Try spending a little more on foundations for days when you need to look nice all day long. You probably won’t use this foundation for an every day use and thats why it’ll last you for a long time. Use it on days when youre going on an adventure and will be out all day, for a long day of classes, a special event. Just something where you don’t want to have to worry about your makeup. I’d suggest Estee Lauder Double Wear cause the staying power is insane and a little goes a long way!
A matte bronzer. Bronzers will generally last a long time because they come with so much product. The drugstore doesn’t have as large as a selection of matte bronzers like Sephora so this is why I suggest spending a little more on one. Matte bronzers are great for contouring, all over bronzing and even using an eyeshadow for blending out shadow. Matte bronzers are great for all seasons and all skin types.
A flat top foundation brush. Brushes generally last years if you take proper care of them and typically you’d apply foundation every day so investing in a brush so your foundation will look flawless is a good idea! Try a brush like the Sigma F80, great for all types of foundation and for all skin types.
Some other products I think are generally worth the price because they are fabulous are
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
- MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (setting powder)
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Translucent Powder (makes your makeup last forever and look flawless)
- Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (great for all skin types)
Try using a face powder as bronzer :)
Since some bronzers are “universal” shades and don’t necessarily work on everyone i’d recommend using a face powder 2 - 3 shades darker than your skin tone as a bronzer! This way you can guarantee it will work with your skin tone and it won’t be orange toned like some bronzers. Face powders
You can use any face powder really but I’d recommend trying one of the Loreal True Match powders because they are easy to blend out and come in cooler shades.
To cover up dark under eye circles it’s best to use two popular methods
- Color Correcting
- Triangle Method
To color correct the under eyes which are usually purple/blue you want to use a salmon, pinky/peach corrector under the eyes. This will prevent layering on a bunch of concealer trying to cover up the dark circles. You want to use a corrector shade under your concealer or on it’s own if the orange/peach tint isnt that strong. Using a peachy shade is the opposite of blue/purple on the color wheel so when used together it creates a neutral shade, yes makeup is an art! lol
You can even use an orange based concealer like the NYX Concealer in a Jar in Orange ($5) or something yellow like Maybelline Stick Concealer in Yellow ($5). Look for any concealer that leans a little more peach or pink.
The Bobbi Brown Corrector, which comes in a few shades, has a peachy/salmon tint to it making it great for blue/purple under eye bags. Benefit Erase Paste is also a great salmon toned concealer.
The triangle method is a way of applying concealer so it brightens and lifts the face. Try using a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone in a triangle under your eyes. When using a concealer lighter than your skin tone you want to bring it down a little further than normal so it doesn’t look oddly light directly under your eyes, you want a gradient transition from light to dark.