Applying makeup and creating a smooth base seems impossible in winter. In fact, applying makeup on dry skin makes the dryness appear more prominent and makes your skin look patchy. If you are someone who has stopped using makeup completely during winter because of patchy, dry skin post makeup application, you are probably doing it all wrong.

Instead of skipping makeup altogether, learn what you are doing wrong and ways to correct it to get a smooth and dewy base. Below are five common winter makeup mistakes that make your skin super dry.

 

01. You don’t use a hydrating primer

01. You don’t use a hydrating primer

If you don’t use a primer, that would be your first and biggest mistake. A primer is essential for all skin types as it helps create a smooth base. There are various types of primers available in the market, but those with dry skin should opt for a hydrating one. Look for a formula with at least one nourishing ingredient. The Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer contains vitamin E to prevent dryness and create a smooth, dewy base.

 

02. You are applying foundation with a brush

02. You are applying foundation with a brush

The two common ways to apply foundation is with the help of a brush or damp makeup sponge. The brush may work for you at other times, but avoid using it in winter. A damp makeup sponge will blend the foundation seamlessly for a natural, airbrushed finish. Start by dotting the foundation all over your face. Then, wet the makeup sponge, squeeze excess water and gently dab it on your skin to blend the foundation.

 

03. You are powdering your whole face

03. You are powdering your whole face

Powdering your whole face is a strict no-no. Yes, certain areas tend to get oily even during winter, especially the t-zone. But instead of covering your face in powder, lightly tap the product on areas that are typically prone to creasing like the forehead, under-eye area, nose and smile lines.

 

04. You use a powder blush

04. You use a powder blush

It is best to avoid using any powder formulas during winter as it will only make the dryness more prominent. Instead, opt for cream blush or dab a little bit of your liquid lipstick onto the cheeks for naturally flushed cheeks. The Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color comes in 20 stunning shades and can be used on your lips and cheeks.

 

05. You don’t use a hydrating mist

05. You don’t use a hydrating mist

A hydrating mist is a saviour during dry winter months. After doing all of the above, if your skin still looks dry, you are dealing with a severe case of winter dryness. Keeping a hydrating mist such as the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist handy can help resolve this problem. Infused with the goodness of white tea and bamboo extracts, it intensely hydrates dry and dehydrated skin, making it look plump and radiant.