Embrace An Exfoliating Toner
Before you put anything on your skin, we need to make sure it’s clean, moisturised and sunscreen-ed (yes, even in the deepest, darkest depths of winter). Balm and cream cleansers tend to work best for dry skin as they gently clean without stripping away your natural oils. We love Omorovicza Queen Cleanser, £ 69,00, especially during the winter months as the texture is velvety soft. While you don’t want to irritate your skin, your foundation will look better on a smooth canvas so you need to slough away any dry skin sitting on the surface – look to Kiehl's Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner, £ 52,00. Lactic acid is a mild alpha hydroxy acid that helps to gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin.
A hyaluronic acid serum is a great way of getting that additional moisture and plumping up the skin. Mix a couple of drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £ 6,40 into your usual face cream, or layer it underneath. Don’t forget your SPF!
Swot Up On Your Ingredients
Getting up close and friendly with the ingredients list can help ensure your base lasts longer and doesn’t leave you with a patchy finish after a few hours of wear. Look for foundations that are packed with hydrating and moisturising ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and squalene, to help boost moisture levels. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation SPF30, £ 51,00 is packed full of hyaluronic acid and offers buildable coverage, so you can enjoy a sheer wash or layer for a fuller finish. Aloe vera and rose extracts act as skin soothers to help calm sensitivity. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation and Skincare, £ 32,50 is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin as it’s infused with aloe vera and vitamins E and B.
Consider A Dewy Finish
If your skin is on the drier side, you might find your skin lacks radiance. Opting for a matte finish foundation will only enhance this, so you might find a dewy formula is more flattering and forgiving. They also tend to be lighter weight and more hydrating. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £ 35,00, Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation, £ 11,10 and Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, £ 47,00 are three radiance-boosting foundations that include light-reflecting particles to help hydrate and brighten your skin.