Once the temperature dips below about 50 degrees, a certain beauty conundrum becomes apparent: Suddenly, it’s harder for your skin to hold onto moisture, which results in flakes and a not-very-smooth makeup application. But Sir John, a top makeup artist who works with A-listers like Beyoncé, has shared his master tips for how to put makeup on dry skin so your glam this winter can remain on point.
Though he currently lives in sunny Los Angeles, Sir John grew up in New York City and Buffalo — so he’s well aware of cold weather beauty dilemmas. “Trust me,” he laughs. Currently, Sir John is sharing his makeup intel with Assemble, a recently-launched digital platform where prominent BIPOC leaders — including Tiffany Haddish and Law Roach — teach lessons from their professions as a way to help guide the next generation with inclusivity top of mind. “I feel like it’s my job right now to make sure that culturally, all people — especially Black and brown people — are able to see themselves within the beauty industry,” says Sir John
As far as dealing with dry skin, Sir John relies on a multi-step makeup application process that entails using a cream foundation and lip balm — but it all begins with prepping your complexion. Also key? “Carry around a mist,” he tells Bustle. “Caudalie Beauty Elixir is nice. Dezi Skin has a really nice setting spray. You could even go old-school and get rosewater, put it in a small travel bottle, and use that since rosewater is really calming.” Spritz whenever your face starts to feel dry to freshen things up.
For the ultimate dry skin makeup routine, keep reading for Sir John’s expert guide.
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Before even touching your makeup products, you’ll want to exfoliate. “This is the time of year we can break out our chemical exfoliators,” says Sir John. “Or, if you’re going to do any laser or resurfacing treatment, now’s the time because we’re not as sun-sensitive.” (Of course, he notes that you should still be wearing SPF all year-round.) Whatever your exfoliant of choice may be, he says it’s important to slough off dead skin buildup. “Dead skin is going to cling like a bad relationship to your complexion until you either use a manual or chemical exfoliator,” says Sir John.
2. Slather On The Hydration
Once that buildup is taken care of, surge your skin with hydration. “You can just use something that offers basic hydration,” says Sir John. Any moisturizer will do, but he’s partial to water-based formulas. “They slide right across the skin and don’t allow makeup to absorb,” he explains.
3. Prep Your Pout
Your lips also need some moisture before you apply any pigmented product, otherwise, you run the risk of lipstick cracking from dryness. “The skin on your eyes and the skin on your lips is basically the same — it’s so thin,” says Sir John. “So every day I use an eye cream on my lips. …….