Former makeup artist here…. Please don’t airbrush. It will pill and make you look dead.
You and I have the same skin type and problems. I found success with these. I swear by these products:
Ren Cream cleanser. It’s super hydrating and does a good job of cleaning and balancing your skin. I use it once a day (at night) with my clarisonic.
Algenist oil serum: anti aging and super hydrating; First Aid Beauty moisturizer helps calm any redness; Philosophy vitamin c powder that I mix with my Peter Thomas Roth SPF 30 moisturizer. The powder is a SPF booster and helps even out skin tone and the moistuizer is awesome and doesn’t leave any white chalkiness; Hourglass No. 28 Serum primer. It’s oil based, super hydrating, will keep makeup from being absorbed into your skin.
At night I use Peter Thomas Roth 10% glycolic moisturizer. It does a good job of evening my skin and balancing it do it doesn’t feel like the sahara. All of this helped balance my skin so it looks better in makeup.
As far as makeup, I HATE MAC foundation. It oxidizes too much and is loaded with crazy chemicals that will absolutely move and irritate dry/sensitive skin. Estee Lauder double wear is awesome for longevity, but it is also a little rough on dry skin. What I like is Armani Luminous silk. This makeup is AWESOME on dry skin- doesn’t pill or move, and with my hourglass primer is super long wearing. It gives a beautiful glow on even the flattest and driest skin. It photographs beautifully and is what is used on many runways. Their color range is really remarkable, too.
If you are looking for something that wears longer, I will alway always always be a Dior girl, specifically, Airflash. This stuff is sweat and waterproof, was designed to withstand the heat and lights of professional runways, and is layerable- go as light or as heavy as you like. It’s aerosol and is buffed on with a brush. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it. The only drawback is their limited range of colors (I actually have to blend the two lightest shades to make my own).
I used to work for all the big companies and know that most of the stuff out there is gimicky. I worked for Smashbox for a while and their primers are a joke. All those different formulas of primer are a gimmick. They are all essentially the same, with the amount of dimethicones tweeked slightly or a dye added here or there for the appearance of being different (the blue hydrating primer makes me laugh- there is nothing about it that is different except the color). Smashbox, in my opinion only makes one thing worth buying- their mineral powder. Throw out that primer- it doesn’t work. Switch to Hourglass. It’s the only primer I’ve worked with that truly turns your makeup waterproof. Also, finish with Urban Decay All Nighter spray. It sets your makeup FOREVER.
Here is proof of these products working….(me with no makeup)