It’s one of those beauty issues that all of us are familiar with. No matter how fresh and dewy you start out the day, as the hours tick on you find your perfect finish getting drier and drier. So how can you avoid looking like a flaky mess by the time that the evening arrives? Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to look hydrated and glowing all day long.
First, you need to make sure that you’re exfoliating properly before you begin applying your makeup. Instead of using a scrub, which can actually damage your skin, choose a chemical exfoliant that will strip off layers of dead cells, creating a smooth surface to work with and preventing your makeup from flaking as the day wears on.
Next, you’ll want to moisturise and apply serum, too. Like exfoliants, these products will work to create the perfect base layer and help your makeup to stay put. A good serum will also fill in fine lines and wrinkles, which will help you to avoid any pilled or crusty effects.
Once you’ve properly prepared your skin, it’s time to start applying your makeup. The key is to keep things light. So don’t use foundation to cover up any problem areas – simply apply a light layer all over your face and neck, then use a matching concealer to eliminate any blemishes or dark circles. By not piling on the products, you’ll sidestep that dreaded cakey look that comes from applying too much foundation.
Does your makeup settle into your fine lines as the day progresses, contributing to the dry, worn-out look? We know the feeling. A great tip is to apply primer to any lines or wrinkles before adding your foundation, preventing the product from creasing. Meanwhile, if cracked lips are an ongoing problem, you can avoid this issue by using a gentle scrub and then applying a moisturising lipstick or gloss.
Finally, once you’ve finished, use a hydrating setting spray to keep everything in place. The right product will leave you looking radiant and dewy, while working hard to stop your makeup from drying out – all day long.