Making Matte Products Work For Dry / Dehydrated Skin

Autumn / winter calls for matte skin and bold matte lips. Which is great as long as you have normal skin. But for those who are dry or dehydrated matte products become a real struggle! So today I wanted to share you with my top products for achieving matte but not flat or cakey looking skin....


Skincare is the most important step for any makeup look. But for a matte look in particular you need a good hydrating skincare!

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It AHA Facial Scrub | £9 (Currently on offer for £6 here) | POST

A good scrub will help lift away dead skin cells and buff away dry flakey patches. I really like this offering from Soap and Glory. The scrubby particles are really fine and not too abrasive on the skin, but they still do the job well. It also contains AHA acids which also help dissolve dead skin cells, to reveal, brighter, healthier looking skin.

The Ordinary Hydraluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

Serum is also an essential for adding an extra hit of hydration. This one from The Ordinary contains Hydraluronic acid which acts as a magnet for moisture, so it helps keep moisture locked into the skin. This serum is quite thick as serums go but absorbs into the skin instantly and leaves it feeling so smooth. I have noticed that my skin feels a lot softer when I use this and my skin doesn't seem to be drying out throughout the day as much.

La Roche Posay Ultra Tolarine Fluid | £17.50 (currently on offer for £13.12 here) | POST

Anyone with dry or dehydrated skin knows moisturiser is a step that cannot be missed! I think it's safe to say that is offering from La Roche Posay is my holy grail moisturiser. It just works so well at adding hydration and pumping the skin. It's formulated for people with sensitive skin so it's pretty no fuss. But it really works! It also sits well under makeup and makes a great base!


When using matte foundations I've found that a good primer also really helps it from drying out or looking cake-y on my skin. They also smooth over any dry patches and add a glow if my skins looking particularly dull.

Too Faced Hangover Primer | £27 | POST

This is a primer infused with added skincare benefits. It contains Coconut water and other probiotic ingredients to not only smooth and prep the skin for makeup but also to help hydrate, boosts skin radiance and help protect it over time. This makes an amazing base for any foundation and makes matte products look a million times better!

Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | POST

This primer is dry / dehydrated skins best friend! It adds a glow, makes an amazing base and sits beautiful under any foundation. This is a glow-y, dewy primer and this really does give a glow! I find one pump is enough for my whole face to give it a good, lit from within glow.


Now time to add the matte foundation

Lancome Teint Idole Cushion foundation* | £30 | POST 

Lancome have formulated a winning foundation in a cushion form. This is so convenient to use! It's a full coverage foundation with a satin finish. I know satin isn't technically matte, but for someone with dry or dehydrated skin it's a good compromise. This is actually one of the first formulas like this I've tried in cushion form and pleased to say it really works! It's also really long wearing and sits well on my dehydrated skin. See my full review here. 

Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation | £5.99 | POST

This is probably one of the only fully matte foundations I've found that work for me, well from the drugstore anyway. Most tend to be thick and cakey, and cling to every area I want to hide! But not this. The formula itself is very liquidy and easy to blend. It's not thick or cakey, it's just a great matte foundation. See this post for more details.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £27 | POST

Another foundation I really rate for dry skin. It is a little thicker in consistency than the other foundations here but still easy to work with. It is super full coverage so I find one small pump is enough to cover my whole face. This again is more of a satin finish than a fully matte but it sits well on my skin and don't find it drying. As the name suggests the staying power is amazing!

RCMA No Colour Powder | £10.50 | POST 

Since this came into my life it has really revolutionised the way I see powder! This stuff is amazing! I find most powders too drying for my skin but not this! it really sets any product without being drying at all. It has no colour pigments so it won't alter the colour of foundations, or leave a White cast on the skin. If you love matte skin but struggle with powder, you need this!

So there's a little round up of my favourite, effective products that help make matte products work.

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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