I’m on a mission to find the most hydrating medium-to-full coverage makeup for extremely dry skin…starting with drugstore brands.
If you’re in the same situation as I am I hope you’ll join me on this journey and let me know what has worked for you!
2 years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had my entire thyroid removed.
My life has been turned upside down ever since.
I once had normal skin texture with no redness, hair that didn’t fall out, no dry scalp, and a body that responded to exercise and diet with the appropriate response (weight loss/muscle gain).
Those days are over, apparently… and 2 years later I’m just now starting to come to terms with it.
Lately I noticed that my skin looked awful in cosplay photos- it was dull, dry, and made me look way older than I really am.
This made me seek out some new information and help on how to choose makeup that isn’t a heavily advertised Japanese BB cream.
I needed something that matched my skin tone and moisturized my now desert-like skin.
I’ll warn you- these images could be disturbing to those who have an aversion to dryness!
About the photos:
- All applications are on a clean face with PCA moisturizer and Maybelline Baby Skin pore eraser primer underneath.
- No undereye concealer except for the Skinfood that I had on hand. It’s the wrong color- I’m kinda new to this whole “color correcting” thing.
- Photos are taken with my phone using the “daylight” setting on my vanity mirror
- Today I bought Laura Geller’s Spackle primer, though I’m not sure it will make a difference in the end result.
A quick rundown of my situation:
- Super mega crazy dry
- Cool pale/classic ivory
- Slight redness mainly on cheeks, chin, and nostrils
- Current mood: embarrassed. Thyroid skin is such a hassle!
First things first. I needed a good skincare routine.
Seeing as I never had skin problems before and always just bought whatever the Clinique rep recommended (a generic, normal skin regimen) I had no idea where to start.
At first I was getting regular facials. I thought that was the first step. However, even with the hydrating facials I was left dry.
Then I went to the Korean district of Tokyo and blindly bought whatever the salesperson recommended.
He recommended sensitive skin products without touching my skin. From a distance it still looks normal, so as you can imagine this was a total fail when I got home.
The only silver lining was that the kit included one of those super soft face brushes. I sold my failed skincare locally and moved on.
Then I bought a trial kit of PCA’s dry skincare products.
So far I’ve been able to stick with it, but I feel that there’s got to be a more moisturizing brand out there. If you have a suggestion, please comment!
Makeup- the hunt begins:
Earlier I mentioned that my face is now dry. Unless you have a thyroid problem (hypothyroid, hashimotos, no thyroid, etc) then you may just be thinking “winter skin” level dry. Think again.
I am quite sure that my daily dryness is worse than the average person’s worst winter dryness day.
I started researching and found a few leads. I live on a remote military base with very limited products, so unfortunately some of the best suggestions online were nowhere to be found.
I did find a few to test, though.
1. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating foundation
The general rule of thumb based on my research is that if you have dry skin that you want to avoid a matte base because it will make your skin look dull and more dry. I found this to be true, but this was marketed as “hydrating foundation” so I decided to give it a try.
These are my notes from the application:
*Doesn’t blend well with dense brush
* Sits on the really dry places
* Feels nice overall, light and doesn’t feel tight
* Lasted about 2 hours before I felt like it got a dull, matte look (it was a soft-matte, after all, so I wasn’t surprised).
Verdict: Changed to Toss
*Same blending issue- doesn’t take the dense brush well.
*Used fair tone, might be a shade too light
*Doesn’t seem to cover redness or take the translucent powder under my eyes very well.
*Rubs off when I blow my nose , sweats off
*This felt dry and cakey to me
3. Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup with tone correcting complex
*Blends somewhat with the dense brush. Had to finish with finger tips.
*Feels nice overall, light and doesn’t feel tight
*Kind of deals with my redness
*Has a seriously matte finish, though
*Most expensive of all the foundations I bought
4. Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3 in 1
*Half and half CG+Olay Simply ageless (my left) and Neutrogena (on my right)
*Hard to tell since I’m new to this whole makeup thing, but seems to look more hydrated/shiny/dewy compared to the other side.
*I liked the feeling of the CG, so I’m going to try it again with my new Spackle primer.
*It seems to have more unfavorable chemicals than I’d prefer
Update: tried it with the Spackle primer. Nice and dewy at first, but I felt a change after about an hour or 2. I’m going to give it a go today and see how it does. It’s not tight or flaky..yet.
Update 2: I didn’t realize it at first, but this is a scented product. The third time I tried it I didn’t use any of the other skincare items I was using before because I suspected they caused the tingly redness on my cheeks. Nope, this product made my cheeks kind of tingly and red all by itself.
Verdict: Changed to Toss
5. Covergirl CG Smoothers
*Didn’t blend very well with brush. finished with hands.
*Dried really matte, feels dry, but not as dry as Neutrogena.
*Doesn’t help with tone evening, cheeks still red even before adding blush
Here’s a few I want to try. They’re unavailable in my area, though, so I’m going to try to find them on Amazon.
- Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse- I have tried this since this post and it’s kinda awesome- I’ll update this post later with photos and a review.
- Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid
- L’Oreal True Match Lumi- I have also tried this. I feel it’s so-so, but still a keeper. I’m not a fan of the N1-2 shade, it’s kind of dark on me. I’ll update later on this, too.
- MAC Face & Body
Have you found the holy grail of foundations for us super dry skin types?
Do you have a favorite skincare brand that I should think about buying? Please let me know!