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Top Skin & Makeup Tips for Dry Skin Brides

As a psoriasis sufferer, my skin is D R Y ! Flaking dry patches on your face can be a nightmare when applying makeup and can really dent your confidence. But don't worry my fellow sufferers, I've got your back. Read on to see how you can get your dry skin ready for your big day.

Diet First

Before we even start thinking about makeup, it's vital that dry skin is nourished from inside out as applying creams will only go so far. I've learnt this the hard way, neglecting my body by not eating right or having a few too many margaritas! However, over the years, I've realised the only person I'm letting down, is myself. Ultimately, not only does my skin flare up, but it makes me feel lethargic and affects my mood. Here is what has worked for me:

  • Drink Water! I know you've heard it before but my body really benefits from drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day. If I'm going on a night out, I'll drink 3 litres beforehand (obviously throughout the day) and try to drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. The upside is also that you won't have a sore head the next day.

  • Include Omega 3 to help protect the skin. I love salmon and try to eat it around 3 times a week. However if you're a vegetarian, there are plenty of veggie options such as flaxseed or avocado. Additionally, I also take Omega 3 tablet supplements.

  • Food Diary - if you suffer with dry skin due to a condition, such as psoriasis or eczema, there may be certain foods that can exasperate your condition. Making a note of things you've eaten around a flare up can really help you as part of your overall skin management.

There are lots of other ways you can change you diet to help you specific skin concerns, so it really is worth taking the time to research what works for you, to help you in the longer term.

Skin Second

Now onto my favourite subject... Skincare! On a day to day basis, I take longer on skincare than makeup. Again, investing the time and effort little and often, is far better than only giving your skin attention before a big occasion. Excluding moisturiser and anti-ageing serums, these are the key products you need in your skincare routine:

1. A Gentle Cleansing Routine. I personally love a gentle wipe off cleanser as a first cleanser, followed by a non-foaming cleanser for my second cleanse. This combination is gentle yet effective for both dry and sensitive skin.

First Cleanse Products

Second Cleanse Products

2. Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is the mildest acid and is perfect for dry and sensitive skin types. This exfoliating acid will help even out your complexion, reduce pore appearance and help remove any dry flakes gently.

3. A Hyaluronic Acid Sandwich

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from their surroundings. If your skin is extra dry, incorporating a hyaluronic sandwich into your routine will give your skin the extra boost it needs. After cleansing, spray your hydrating mist, apply a hyaluronic acid serum and then mist again. Mists are also great for using throughout the day or whilst travelling, to help keep your skin glowing!

Makeup Last

Let's finally discuss makeup for your big day! Here are my top tips for prep and products:

1. Apply a Hydrating Mask If you have time the night before or in the morning, give your skin that final boost by using a mask. Always ensure you've tried any masks beforehand just in case they cause irritation. Try to use any masks a couple of hours at least, before your makeup artist arrives to ensure it has fully absorbed and doesn't cause your makeup to slip off.

2. Ensure your Makeup Artist uses the correct Primer

There are lots of primers in the market, but you need to ensure you have a hydrating primer underneath your makeup to help smooth any dry patches and give that flawless finish.

3. Choose a Buildable Liquid Foundation

Choosing a medium coverage foundation will stop your skin from looking too caked and heavy. It also allows your skin to breathe and feel comfortable. Using a buildable coverage formulation means you can build coverage where you need it, giving a natural yet polished look. Blend with a sponge to ease the product into your skin rather than use brushes, which may leave product sitting on the surface, causing it to look blotchy over the day.

4. Use a Creamy Concealer

If you have dry skin around your eyes, creamy concealers are the best way to conceal, rather than heavier formulations. These are moisturising and again, buildable so you can apply a couple of lighter layers rather than one thick layer.

5. Use Moisturising Powder

Don't over-powder and dry your skin out. However, you will need a little powder to set your skin, so make sure it's a hydrating one! These powders are small enough for you carry and use throughout the day.

6. Finish with a Hydrating Setting Spray

These sprays not only set but also refresh throughout the day, which will help your skin to look plump and reduce dryness. Make sure you sip water throughout so that your skin remains hydrated and your makeup doesn't disappear!


Monica is a Professional Hair and Makeup Artist based in Leicester, East Midlands. She is a mother to daughters & loves all things skin and makeup related! Whilst she helps everyone feel their best, she especially enjoys working with clients over the age of 40, suffering with skin issues such as Psoriasis or thinning hair as she suffers with all of these herself! Her goal is to create looks that show her client's natural beauty and not mask them. Services range from bridal makeup to event makeup and occasion hair styling. For more details, please contact her via the contact form by clicking on

Click here to read the story of how Monica went from using makeup to mask depression, to now using makeup to help others feel confident in their own skin.

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