How To Prep Dry Skin For Makeup

How To Prep Dry Skin For Makeup

Are you one of those wondering how to prep dry skin for makeup? As an MUA, I understand how working with dry skin can be a bit challenging as the skin tends to be rough, dry and flaky. Applying makeup on this type of skin without proper skin prep may leave the makeup looking patchy, unblended and not a very good sight to behold after a while. I posted a video on my youtube channel where I shared my tips on how to prep dry skin for makeup.

Many people do not really know their skin type and therefore do not know how to care for it. In this post, I’ll briefly talk about different skin types but my main focus will be on prepping dry skin before makeup. In subsequent posts, I’ll explain how to prep Oily Skin for makeup and how to prep normal skin for makeup.

Skin Types and how to Identify Them

It is important to know what skin type you have in order to know what makeup product will be suitable for you and also how to prep your skin before makeup for a flawless finish. The four most common skin types are; Normal Skin, Oily Skin, Dry Skin, and Combination skin.


Dry skin

In simple terms, If your skin feels tight throughout the day, you are probably dry skin type. Dry skin can feel tight throughout the day and may experience noticeable flaking. Often times, Dry skin is largely due to genetics but environmental factors such as lifestyle & diet, hormonal changes, and climate may also lead to dry skin. Dehydration is also a leading cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water and avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can make a significant difference in how your skin feels and looks.

Normal/Combination skin

If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is most likely normal/combination. People with normal/combination skin often experience dryness on the cheeks and are not prone to breakouts on their cheeks. They also tend to have a well-moisturized t-zone. Gentle, daily exfoliation is also important to keep the t-zone and cheek areas balanced. Moisturizers with a gel-like texture are absorbed more quickly and less likely to cause breakouts. Start with a small amount and increase as needed to avoid over-moisturizing and stressing the skin.

Oily skin

If there is shine on your cheeks in addition to your forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin. Excess oil can oftentimes leave pores congested and clogged. The good news, however, is that oily skin looks younger and more supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle. Regular exfoliation is essential to promote cell turnover and prevent sebum buildup in pores. A gentle physical exfoliator (that does not use abrasives such as crushed nuts or seeds that can cause tiny tears in the dermis) is also useful for balancing the tone and texture of your skin.

How to prep Dry Skin For Makeup

I usually advise my clients to have a facial done by a professional a few days before their big day. This will ensure that there are no dead skin cells sitting on the surface. In the video below, I share my tips and products I use to prep dry skin before makeup.


  1. Cleanse: Always use a mild cleanser to cleanse the face as you do not want to strip the skin of its natural oil any further. I recommend this micellar water
  2. Tone: toning should be considered an important part of the cleansing process. A good toner will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt, and debris left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, a toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance. I recommend this one by Hushbeauty
  3. Moisturize: Moisturing helps to add/replenish lost moisture to the skin and locks it in. It is important that you use a good moisturizer suitable for your skin type. I recommend this one.
  4. Prime: A good primer acts as a base for your foundation to sit on as well as a barrier between your skin and the layers of makeup you apply. It protects your skin and at the same time nourishing it. For a dry skin type, we recommend not using a mattifier but instead use a hydrating primer.

Watch the video below to get full details.

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