Once that winter chill is in the air, powder products disappear from my skin-care routine. The slightest bit of powder just dries my skin out even more and I feel like I look like a corpse by the end of the day. Marc Reagan, director of global education, artistry, and events at Hourglass, says that cream makeup products are great for dry skin.
“[Cream formulas] help the skin look fresh and hydrated,” he says. “Plus, the colors tend to be a little clearer and have subtle transparency when they are applied, which prevents rich colors from looking milky or grey on the skin.”
Swap your powdered eye shadows, blushes, and highlighters for a dewy cream formula and your dry skin will seriously thank you. Browse eight cream makeup products below.
8 cream makeup products perfect for dry skin
1. Chantecallie Cheek Gelée Happy Hydrating Gel-Cream Blush, $44
The Chantecallie gel-cream blush made me a cream blush convert, and I haven’t looked back soon. Each tube is filled with a pigment-packed blush (seriously—a little goes a long way) that gives you a dewy pop of color. It’s available in coral, peach, and pink shades.
2. Noto Face And Body Hydra Highlighter Stick, $19
The hydra highlighter stick from Noto is great because it’s versatile. Use it to add a pop of color to your cheekbones, cupids bow, collar bone, arms, or legs. You can even add it under your foundation for a lit-from-within glow. It adds a really subtle illumination that won’t leave you feeling like you’re wearing glitter.
3. Kosas Color & Light Cream Blush & Highlighter Palette, $34
I love the duo cream-highlighter palettes from Kosas. The formula is so smooth and creamy and they go on effortlessly. I also love that the set comes with colors that complement each other, so you can get a really cohesive look without trying too hard. It’s available in five color pairs.
4. Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush, $60
This cream blush is just as moisturizing as it is pretty. It’s made with argan oil, meaning it goes beyond making your skin look moisturized by actually doing the work. It’s available in four shades.
5. Bobbi Brown Travel Size Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Set, $30
To build out your arsenal of cream shadows, shop this travel set of long-wear cream shadow sticks from Bobbi Brown. It comes with four colors—vanilla, taupe, golden pink, and dusty mauve—so you have what you need to switch up your look day-to-day.
6. Manasi7 Kaito All Over Shine, $58
This all-in-one lip, face, and eye balm can add a bit of shine wherever you need it. The non-sticky formula is packed with certified organic shea butter, beeswax, and castor oil to hydrate your skin, while the beautiful pearl shade provides a subtle glossy finish.
7. Noto Ono Ono Multi-Benne Stain Stick, $19
Add a pop of peach to your look with this multi-use stain stick. You can use it on the eyelids for a tinted eye gloss, on the cheeks for a warm glow, or on the lips (alone or on top of lip liner). It’s full of moisturizing ingredients like olive fruit oil, shea butter, and rosehip seed oil to make your skin feel as good as it looks.
8. Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow, $28
This liquid shadow lives up to its 10-second name. It’s perfect when you need a pop of color that you don’t want to spend a ton of time for. I like applying it to my lid and then using my finger to buff it out so there isn’t a sharp line of demarcation. But, if you want to go for a graphic look, you can lean into the precision you can get with this product. It’s available to purchase in four shades.
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