Post # 1
I need wedding foundation suggestions for dry skin. I have dry flakey skin quite often due to a prescription acne cream I use. It usually gets better in the summer, but in general it seems dry.
From the archives, I have seen Make up Forever, Bobbi Brown, and Laura Mercier fondation suggested. Unfortunately, I don’t live near a place that sells those brands (we have Ulta, no Sephora). I will not buy an expensive foundation without being able to test out the color on my skin. I have a very difficult color to match – I am pale, but tan very easily.
I wanted to use Smashbox foundation, but when I went to get color matched a few weeks ago, the consultant told me that I was too pale, and all of Smashboxes foundation was too yellow for me 🙁 I have pretty much exactly neutral skin tone… makeup that is tinted one way or the other looks obvious on me, even at the correct shade.
He put Tart foundation on me, which was okay, but I thought I looked too pale with the shade he chose.
My plan right now is just to go back in a few weeks, once I am darker, and try again. If I buy the Tart makeup, I want it to be my summer shade so I can keep using it.
Any other suggestions?
Post # 3
@MsBlackberry: where do you live? Also, do you need full coverage?
Post # 4
@gelaine22: Sorry, I am not really comfortable saying where I live on the internet… but I live in a small city surrounded by very rural areas. We have a Macy’s in our biggest mall, but no Nordstrom, and the other dept. stores are less upscale. I’m in the mid-atlantic region of the East Coast.
I need medium to full coverage – I still occaitonally get breakouts, and I have some acne scars and large pores.
Post # 5
@MsBlackberry: I have dry skin and I always need full coverage but I dont know what is around you for me to help. I am in NJ. You sure there is no Sephora within a 40-50 mile radius of you? That seems odd if you are in the mid-atlantic. I swear by Laura Mercier or MUFE. Have you tried MAC Studio Sculpt? There must be MAC near you? Also, do you know anyone that is near a Sephora? They can get you samples and mail it for less than $1.
Post # 6
@gelaine22: ah, good point… I might know someone who can mail me samples.
I could not believe it, either! I looked it up on the website by zip code. I think the closest one is in my state’s capital, which is like, 4 hours away, maybe 4.5 :-/
Post # 7
@MsBlackberry: I have pretty sensitive skin, too. I have heard that MAC is known for breaking sensitive skin out badly. They do have a MAC counter in our Macy’s, though, so I could try it.
Post # 8
@MsBlackberry: I have very sensitive skin but MAC doesnt break me out so try the Studio Sculpt with a good primer. It is for dry skin AND it is full coverage.
Post # 9
@MsBlackberry: I have dry, sensitive skin too. very fair. I just use an olive oil and sugar scrub to remove the dead skin (only when needed) and then moisturize, then use my Olay face lotion + a couple little dabs of my liquid foundation and smear together. I don’t use a lot – just enough to give me an even glow. I then do a very light dusting of powder to set it and keep the foundation from running/looking greasy when working. Hope this helps (:
Post # 10
The big problem is dry skin!!!…..So what do you do about it ? what face cream do you use….my skin is so dry here in montreal I sometimes have to use Petrolium Jelly….Jes thats how bad it is…
I use Shuuemura Foundation it doesnt clog pores it is very rich and doesnt make me breakout.
I have terrible dry skin and ezcema and…many other problems maybe you could order some samples.
Post # 11
@MsBlackberry: You can order from the Sephora site and they’re really good about taking returns if you’re worried.
I would focus on skincare – get a really good moisturizer so your skin doesn’t flake. Any foundation will accent fine lines (caused by dryness) and stick to flakes. Then you can focus on finding a foundation that is a good color match vs. one that moisturizes heavily.
Post # 12
Bobbi Brown has an incredible return policy regarding foundations, concealers, and powders. If you buy from her online, anything that doesn’t work for you can be shipped back for free. She also has makeup artists to chat with online that would help you get a color match if you upload a photo.
If you’re not familiar with Lisa Eldridge, she recently did a series of foundation videos that were excellent. She included a video of foundations for dry skin, so that might be worth a look.
Post # 13
I have very dry, flaky skin, and i’m looking for foundation too. I do have to say that I’ve finally found a routine that works for me. I use a gentle facial scrub a few days a week, and just water and a baby washcloth otherwise. Then at night I use an oil blend that I made. It has shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and wheat germ oil. It’s amazing! For the first time in quite a while I don’t have flaky skin around my mouth, and the my skin doesn’t feel really tight when I wake up in the morning.
Post # 14
I use make-up forever. I have very fair skin and their make up was one of the only ones that has my shade. And its very moisturizing as well. My skin is very sensitive, but I don’t need much coverage. Make Up Forever’s foundation will layer though for more coverage. I have also, surprisingly, had good luck with bare minerals but I have to moisturize a lot and use my Clairsonic to brush off dead skin for it to sit right. My clairsonic has been great for my flaky skin.
I know you said you’re in the mid-atlantic in a rural area… only so many guesses to make. I will say that I live in Harrisburg, PA and I make a trip out to Lancaster (Park City Mall) to purchase my make up from Sephora. I don’t know if you live anywhere near Lancaster, but that’s a place. I can’t speak for the rest of the mid-atlantic!
Its a good 30min. trip for me but its worth it to try out make up.
Post # 15
I’ve suffered from dry skin because of retin-a and I’ve always been able to use Revlon Colorstay in the normal/dry skin formula. And I just picked up a bottle and they’ve recently removed SPF so it should photograph nicely. Its quite a thick foundation but you could use a damp beauty blender sponge to apply. Also not makeup related but when my skin was super dry Rosewater & glycerin spray was a lifesaver! You just spritz it on and it gives your skin a lot of moisture and works very well under makeup, but also can be sprayed over makeup to give a little dewiness.
Post # 16
If you can find a way to get samples from Sephora, try Nars Sheer Glow. I have dry skin, and it’s the best foundation I have ever used. And believe me when I say I have tried a lot!
From Ulta, you may want to try Urban Decay’s Naked foundation. But honestly, I would recommend checking out your local Clinique counter. I’ve also had a lot of luck with MAC Studio Fix Fliud. I’ve used it for years and it’s my second favorite foundation.