How to Apply Glow-Boosting Foundation for Dry Skin

We all know the struggle of finding a foundation for dry skin; trying to get that glow, even when your skin is feeling tight, flaky and a little less than flawless. With central heating robbing your pores of moisture and pollution increasing sensitivity, it’s not always easy to keep your base looking smooth, even and fresh.

But we’ve got the answer to achieving a radiant base, no matter how parched your skin may be. Keep scrolling for your glow-boosting guide to applying foundation for dry skin…

Max Factor Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer

Prep, Prep, Prep

To create the perfect base, you need a well-prepped canvas. Once a week, use a gentle scrub to smooth the surface of skin and gently buff away any dry patches.

Then, hydrate with a heavy-duty moisturiser. Apply your chosen hydrator to slightly damp skin post-cleansing, as this helps to really lock in moisture before makeup. Finish prepping with a super-nourishing primer like Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer, which contains glycerine to smooth uneven texture and boost radiance.

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation

Base Notes

The next step in creating a glowing base is finding the perfect foundation for dry skin to suit you. A formula featuring hydrating ingredients, like moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, will quench thirsty skin without settling into fine lines or highlighting parched areas.

That’s where Miracle Touch Foundation steps in. This solid base transforms into a lightweight, hydrating liquid as soon as it comes into contact with your skin. Use fingers to blend your chosen shade out from the centre of your face or, for an extra dose of dewiness, use a damp sponge to lightly tap it on. Even sensitive complexions will feel smooth and soothed.

For extra coverage, try mixing a few drops of hydrating facial oil with the luminous-yet-matte Radiant Lift Foundation. Using a soft, fluffy foundation brush, lightly blend over your skin, starting from the middle of the face and buffing outwards. Flawless.

Those with super-dehydrated skin may prefer to stick to concealer, applying it only where a touch of pore-perfecting coverage is needed. If that sounds like you, try Radiant Lift Concealer, which harnesses moisturising vitamin E to comfort skin while camouflaging dark circles, pigmentation and blemishes.

Model wearing foundation for dry skin

Time to Glow

To fake a dewy glow in seconds, just add highlighter. A liquid formula is easy to blend over your newly-radiant base and sheer enough to be gradually built up. Try Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter, a suits-all-skin-tones illuminator that can be tapped over cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, tip of the chin and your cupid’s bow for a gently-strobed, soft-focus finish.

To keep levelling up the luminosity, add a creamy blush in a rosy shade. Cream formulas are less drying than powder formulas and boast a beautiful, dewy finish. Press a hint of Miracle Touch Creamy Blush onto the apples of your cheeks, lightly dabbing and blending outwards for healthy, natural-looking radiance.

To finish, set your base in place with a hydrating mist. Once your makeup is ready to glow, close your eyes and mist a light layer of Lasting Performance Setting Spray directly onto skin. Always have one handy in your makeup kit, your gym bag or on your desk for a quick on-the-go spritz wherever you are. There’s nothing quite like it for a midday moisture boost.

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