(Closed) Calling All Freckled or Dry Skinned Bees

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
123 posts
Blushing bee

I think you have the right idea with a tinted moisturizer.  You might also want to try a cream blush, it can add a dewey look to your skin where powder may add to the dryness.

Good drug store cream blushes I would recommend are any of the Maybelline mousse blushes, NYX also has really nice colors for their cream blushes.


Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My skin used to be super oily but has dried out considerably as I get older.   I’m a pale skinned redhead (dyed but withmy skin tone, I should have been born a redhead). 


I try to stay away froM those makeup remover wipes as they really dry out my skin.  Clinique makes a makeup removing balm that is not drying at all.


using a moisturizing primer (I use Smashbox) has helped a ton under foundation. I currently us Bobbi Brown for foundation and NARS concealer. That is working for me for now. 


As far as grace washingmoisturizers. I use my Clairsonic with their Dry Skin wash (it’s in an yellow tube at Sephora), Moisture Surge Moisturizer by Clinique morning and night.  Kate Somerville makes a great SPF 50 sunblock that doesn’t sting when applied. Not sure how old you are but I’m getting to the age to start to see some fine lines.  I use Kate Somerville CytoCell Line Eraser only at night and CytoCell Dark Circle Reducer. 


I’be found MAC products to be too heavy and I had a hard time finding the right color foundation. I recommend cooing to Sephora. They have products from lots of different lines and seem to be fairly knowledgable. Best advice I ever got was to find a saleslady who has the makeup “look” you hope to achieve.  What some people consider natural, is stage makeup to others and vice versa. It helped with my frustration and having to find a sink to wash my face in a mall bathroom because I looked like a streetwalker. 

Post # 5
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m very fair and have freckles. I have combination skin. The brand that has worked best for me has been Mary Kay. I use their mineral face powder on a daily basis. I have their liquid foundation for when I need the extra coverage, but I don’t use it often.

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would use liquid makeup – but nothing that has a matte finish – I find that those bring out my dry skin the worst when they dry. The  mineral powder makeup I also find sticks to my dry skin when it goes directly on my skin and not over anything… I have such a mission to find the right makeup too!

Ask for a thicker tinted moisturiser is a good idea too and then maybe put some mineral powder over that?

Post # 7
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have very pale skin with freckles as well as dry skin. I second that you should definately stay away from matte/powder foundations.

I have used quite a few including MAC, MUFE, drug store brands. Hands down my favourite would be Bobbi Brown. They have a great selection of lighter colours (I believe 2 shades lighter than the lightest MAC). In particular the natural finish long lasting is moisturizing without being oil, medium coverage.

I find MACs foundations quite heavy personally, and they tend to break me out.

Post # 8
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would get a better moisturizer and use it several times a day.  I use an Oil of Olay moisturizer that works well.

Post # 9
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

I actually use Almay for a liquid foundation and have found it to be pretty good. I have incredibly dry skin (it cracks a lot).

Post # 10
4006 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am freckled, have dry, sensitive skin.

I second staying away from those makeup remover wipes – they just kill my skin. Red and dry and nasty after a few days. I just use water and a mild face soap (I love The Body Shop’s face cleanser for sensetive skin).

For makeup, I love Benefit. I have an undereye mosturizer that I use in the morning and before bed – helps with that cakey look of the makeup under your eyes. Then I use their Erase Paste concealer.

I don’t use any foundation. Don’t like it. Don’t need it.

Post # 11
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m very fair/auburn hair with very dry/sensitive/reactive/acne-prone skin. 

I use this brand as far as skincare goes. Love her moisturizer, especially. I have to stay away from most skincare because it contains ingredients that clog/irritate my pores/dry out my skin pretty badly (Google comedogenic ingredients for a list). The routine she gave me works beautifully, as well–my flakiness is GONE! I wash my face 2x a day with non-foaming cleanser (foaming = sulfates = drying), massaging it into wet skin and then removing with a wet washcloth. Moisturizer goes on damp skin ASAP to seal in the moisture from washing your face. I typically apply moisturizer twice (once immediately after my shower/washing my face and then again while I’m doing my hair or after I’ve blow dried it). 

As far as makeup goes, I don’t have freckles, but I do have redness. I use Everyday Minerals foundation (jojoba formula) that works beautifully.

Post # 12
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have pretty dry skin and some freakles, I love Clinique’s city block sheer oil-free daily face protector. It has a slight tint of color, but looks very natural. Bonus you can get it with SPF up to 50! I am very pale, and I love this because it makes my skin look better but still my normal color.

Post # 13
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@MelodicCallie:  I have freckles and I honestly don’t do anything to my face. Lately I haven’t been wearing makeup and I find that just rinsing my face with water in the shower will suffice. If I do wear makeup I remove it with baby wipes and then use a really thick cetaphil moisturizer 

Post # 14
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have very pale skin, prone to dryness and lots of freckles. My holy grail on skin care products is Cetaphil. I wash my face with this everyday and cannot wear foundation without using this moisturiser first. I have used high end brands and nothing works as well as this for me. I use a Dior foundation over the top of the Cetaphil moisturiser and if I were to put the foundation on without it I would be a cakey, dry mess. The Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser works well too.


Post # 15
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ok another redhead with freckles here.  I recently bought Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer at Target and I love it!  It gives a kind of nice glow/shine.  Then over that I use Clinique City Base Compact Foundation, it has an SPF and light coverage-so it doesn’t completely hide my freckles but does give nice overall coverage.

Post # 16
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MelodicCallie:  firstly, you are beautiful! The tinted moisturizer is the route I take (dry sensitive and ver fair skin) I use olay face lotion for sensitive skin + a small dab of Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Natural Light Ivory(no 3). I add more or less liquid foundation depending on how much coverage I want. Just mix them together between your fingers and voila! It feels very lightweight and natural. This is a great idea for you since you have freckles because you can personalize it to you.




I haven’t really heard the greatest reviews of baking soda for skin (especially dry skin!) so maybe that’s not the best idea? I do a sugar scrub with organic olive oil and granulated sugar (my nose and T zone is horrendously dry and flaky if I don’t do this regularly usually every 3 days) which removes the dead skin and makes my skin glow. The brand of olive oil I use is Filippo Berio Organic EVOO and your basic sugar. I mix them together equal parts (or just until it’s a good consistancy for scrubbing my face) and rub gently in circles in my problem spots for about a minute, and let sit for about a miute then rinse thouroughly and immediately apply moisutrizer. It has seriously done wonders and I never have smelled like olive oil! (that evoo is also amazingly flavorful, so I get two uses out of it, haha!) 


Hope all this info helps (: I’ve come to find it’s all trial and error. In case you’re curious, the oilive oil and sugar scrub has never made me break out! I swear by it! 


edit: when using powder foundation, just use a tiny bit to set your liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer. it looks more youthful and natural that way (: 

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