How dry your complexion

Whether your skin suffers from seasonal dryness (oh hi, winter), or just seems to be perpetually parched, a dry complexion can be problematic when it comes to makeup application… especially if your goal is to create a fresh, dewy, oh-so glowy effect. So we asked celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor to walk us through a step-by-step tutorial on combatting that dryness to make your skin look healthy, radiant and anything but dry. Check out these top tips and makeup picks, perfect for any dry-skinned gal.

We’re mildly tempted to insert an obligatory ‘duh,’ here, but we’ll refrain. It goes without saying, but no matter how moisturizing the makeup is that you’re using (more on that in a minute) starting with this important skin-care step will ensure that your canvas — i.e. your complexion — ends up looking as fresh as possible.

Sotomayor suggests using a moisturizer that contains heavy-hitting hydrators like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid or glycerin. We like the newCetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, $12.49, which contains hyaluronic acid, yet doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Slather it on, then reach for your makeup, stat. “Applying makeup immediately afterwards ensures that it will go on the smoothest,” he says.

Primers are a makeup must for their ability to boost the staying power and longevity of any products you apply on top, and they can also be yet another way to get an extra boost of moisture into your skin: “When your skin is dry, you need to up the ante by making sure that every product you use is hydrating and combatting that dryness,” explains Sotomayor. Point being, seek out a primer that specifically says it’s moisturizing.

Sotomayor uses La Mer The Perfecting Treatment, $240, which has the added benefit of a slightly pearlescent finish, a nice option when you’re trying to create radiant skin, he adds. The one caveat: If you’re trying to also conceal fine lines or wrinkles, opt for a hydrating formula without any added luminescence, since it may accentuate what you’re trying to hide. In that case, a plain moisturizing formula, like e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer, $6, is perfect. Either way, avoid anything that’s mattifying or shine-stopping (and a lot of primers are), as that’s the last thing you want for your dry complexion.