Helloooo friends. So I've decided to name my weekly makeup posts "Estella Sparkles." Expect this little category to show up on my header at some point, and if makeup is your bag, you'll know to check out these posts. If not, skip 'em! I also plan to open these posts up meme-style if you all would like to take part, but more on that later.
Since my dry skin prompted me to start the makeup journey I've been on lately, I thought I'd suggest some tips, tricks, and products that have worked well for me recently.
Dry skin is such a freaking drag because it makes us look older! When skin is dry, it looks more wrinkly, craggy, and crepey, and NO ONE wants that. So basically my whole makeup existence the last few months has been trying to get myself hydrated and then address my skin's texture and how to avoid dryness during the day. Easier said than done!
Whenever I start seeing dry patches on my skin, especially noticeable ones that show up with my foundation or BB cream, I exfoliate ASAP. This usually turns out to be two to three times per week in the colder months. I have used Clinique's 7 Day Scrub for years because I like that there are LOTS of little exfoliating particles in it. It's grittier than most of the drugstore versions I've tried. I recently received a travel size of the Epice Purifying Exfoliant in my last Ipsy bag. I love it even MORE than the Clinique, but it's also more expensive. Since the full size (3.3 oz) is on back order, they're offering the 1 oz travel sizes for $4.99 each. I ordered three of them and basically got the equivalent of a full size for $15 when it's usually $30-35.
I love my Revlon Colorstay 24 Hour foundation, but just like most other foundations, especially long wearing ones, it has a tendency to settle into my dry skin crags by midday. I follow Wayne Goss, a makeup artist, on YouTube, and he shared a tip that has TOTALLY changed my foundation game. Now I add one single drop of maracuja oil (or any other face oil...argan or whatever) to my foundation in the morning, and it glides on like a dream and stays much more hydrating throughout the day. I'm still a little craggy by quitting time, but I'd say it's 85% better than before.
Speaking of Oils...
I swear by "face oils" now. By face oil, I just mean non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) oils that are popular moisturizers these days. The ones you'll hear about most often are argan and maracuja. Companies like Josie Maran and Tarte have made these puppies mainstream (and expensive), but you can still buy them from health food stores on the cheap. Since they won't clog pores, I wash my face at night, apply my Eucerin lotion which I use like a moisturizer, and then I top my face and neck off with 3-4 drops of oil. I like to focus it on the driest parts of my face and under my eyes. I do the same thing in the mornings.
On the Go
There's nothing I hate worse than looking in my rearview mirror on my lunch hour and being confronted with flaky dry spots on my face. Not to mention those really obvious fine lines to which dryness brings extra attention. My favorite beauty YouTuber, EmilyNoel83, suggests the e.l.f. Studio Daily Moisture Stick, and now I swear by this thing, too. It's a clear balm product for the face. It's cooling and creamy and delightful. I can either apply a bit to my fingers and tap it into the dry spots to rehydrate them or I just take that whole mo' to my face. I have no qualms about rubbing it directly onto a big dry spot to rehydrate the skin. Sometimes it's just necessary. Applying it with a finger won't disturb foundation or concealer, and if the spot is bad enough that I rub the whole stick on my face, I don't give a flying frak if it does disturb my foundation.
Water, Water Everywhere
On an average day I drink 88+ ounces of water. I can really tell when I drink too little.
So those are my dry skin tips for the day! I'm sure I'll think of more or make more discoveries as I continue on this makeup excursion, and I'll be sure to share when I do!