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Make-up masterclass: Top tips for choosing the right foundation for dry skin

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks he will tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

The issues when applying foundation to dry skin are multiple, from a caked finish and exacerbating flaking skin to emphasising patches of dryness and fine lines.

Add to this putting on the wrong foundation, and you can end up making things look a whole lot worse. The end result is you feel self-conscious while out and about.

Whether it's all-day, long-lasting make-up for the office or a dramatic look for a special night out, the best advice is the same. For the perfect canvas, choose the products that will enhance and perfect the skin's natural beauty.

I'm not, nor do I want you, to be under the illusion that there is a one-size-fits-all foundation or that a foundation is the complete solution to dry skin.

It is always best practice to keep to a regular hydrating skincare regime; building up your base with either a moisturising or illuminating primer and a medium-full coverage concealer. Nonetheless, choosing the right foundation is an important aspect of your make-up and beauty routine.

Here are my tried and tested favourites for dry skin that will aid the appearance of flaky skin or fine lines and wrinkles.

Illamasqua Skin Base, £33, Make up Pro Store, Belfast, Newry, Londonderry

Illamasqua Skin Base

This is always in my kit, and for someone with dry skin it sits so beautifully. The gel-based foundation, which contains vitamins E and A, allows your skin to actually look like the real McCoy. Expect buildable, versatile coverage that makes the complexion look fresh and dewy. Skin Base Foundation comes in a variety of shades, so you are sure to find the perfect match to blend in with your unique tone.

Elf Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum, £9, Superdrug

Elf Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

A lightweight and easy-to-blend serum formulation that minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines. This foundation provides light to medium coverage and broad spectrum SPF 25 protection too. Enjoy healthier skin after each use with the nourishing benefits of goji berry, pomegranate oil, grape seed oil and vitamins A, C and E. It's super-hydrating on the skin, adding a dewy appearance. A skin saviour for anyone who suffers from a dull, tired visage.

Fresh Nude Foundation, £15, The Body Shop

Fresh Nude Foundation,

Enriched with English rose water and aloe vera, this hydrating foundation formula leaves skin feeling beautifully fresh and comfortable all day. It's also packed with SPF 15 to help protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. With a semi-matte finish, Fresh Nude can be applied effortlessly. It's a must for those who love lightweight, fresh-feeling coverage.

Top tips for choosing foundation for dry skin

  1. Ensure that your foundation is moisturising.
  2. Make sure your moisturiser isn’t too rich, because over-loading the skin with too much leaves make-up prone to run. It is more likely to move throughout the day due to over-rich products.
  3. Use a primer that is suitable for drier skin types.
  4. Make sure the foundation has a dewy, glowing base to add illumination to the skin. 
  5. Choose a powder such as finely-milled loose powder with little or no talc to prevent the product sitting in any dry areas.

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