By now we all know that dry skin is a multi-dimensional problem and not merely a matter of needing to drink more water (although that is essential to keeping your body well hydrated). No, dry skin has many faces and is often attached to more serious conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, etc. Heck, even things like genetics, geography and your day-to-day products can play a role in your dry-skin woes.
With so many causes for dry skin, it’s safe to say we’ve tried a myriad of fixes. From moisturizers and face masks to heavy creams and overall lifestyle changes, we’ve done it all. And, at the end of the day, you still want to enjoy the little pleasures in life, like makeup, without having to worry about flare-ups or parching your skin even more, right? But finding the right foundation option that doesn’t accentuate your dry skin can be tough. So we’ve got you covered with some of the most hydrating foundations for dry skin in the beauty game. With these formulas, you can apply your makeup without having to worry about it flaking right off. Talk about #winning.
Click through to see which of our best foundations for dry skin can help conquer your woes.
Click through to see which of our Beauty ‘Haul’ of Fame foundations can help conquer your dry skin woes.
The best quality of this product is right there in its name—Pro-Glow. This foundation can help give your dry skin the moisture and radiance it’s been craving, while offering medium coverage to instantly conceal imperfections. And with 24-hour wear and a light, creamy texture, this foundation can definitely serve as a staple in your routine for those long workdays!
For less than the cost of your morning protein shake, Fit Me Dewy gives the effect of a luxury product with its rich and creamy texture. With an added bonus of SPF 18, this foundation can help smooth the appearance of rough patches, and instantly leaves your complexion looking naturally dewy.
Pro Tip: For an even application, apply foundation onto skin and blend using fingertips.
Not only is this weightless formula loaded with nourishing ingredients like antioxidant green tea for optimal hydration, but it also comes in a range of 24 meticulously calibrated shades so you find the exact color to match your complexion and undertones. If that isn’t enough to win you over, the light-diffusing spheres and airbrush-like finish are sure to get your attention! With blurring and illuminating qualities, Naked Skin will truly make your skin feel, well, naked.
Just shake well to blend the buildable pigment with the added hydrating properties before applying with a foundation brush or makeup sponge.
This one-of-a-kind foundation blends hydrating, lightweight liquid coverage with the efficiency of a compact. The portable and easy-to-use sponge makes application and touch-ups a breeze, while its refreshing and brightening benefits create the appearance of a dewy, fresh glow in seconds. You’ll feel nude, while enjoying the benefits of sheer to medium coverage. Be sure to give the sponge a quick rinse after use, and you’ll be sure to have the freshest face in the room!
Pro Tip: For sheer coverage, apply gentle pressure to the cushion using the puff to release the perfect amount of foundation. For moderate coverage, apply firm pressure to the cushion using the puff. Gently pat the puff onto skin to apply. Miracle Cushion also works well with your regular foundation brush or sponge.
Leave dry skin behind with the powers of pure pigments and skincare oils. This bi-phase nourishing elixir is the first of its kind—each drop helps to nourish a dry complexion for a lightweight and lasting glow. Shake the bottle before applying to mix the pigment and oil blend for a sheer finish that’s light, comfortable and silky.
This foundation proves that matte formulas can work for dry complexions. Oil-free, full-coverage, long-wearing, SPF-infused—this product’s laundry list of benefits makes us weak in the knees! And the best part? It’s ultra-hydrating and delivers a nice cooling effect upon contact to the skin. So, even the driest, most sensitive mugs will be soothed. The lightweight texture won’t weigh you down, so you can be as liberal with your application as you want. All in all, you get foundation with a side of skin care. That sounds like music to our ears.
Pro Tip: To keep the matte train going, pair this foundation with a matte primer (like the Lancôme La Base Pro Pore Eraser) that will make your face look like a pore-less work of art.
Give your dry, ravaged complexion the breathable coverage it deserves. This illuminating formula brightens and covers the complexion, so that dull, lifeless look that is typical of dehydrated skin will be a distant memory. All you’ll be looking at is fresh, hydrated skin that is beyond radiant. The foundation comes in eight shades, so there are options for a range of skin tones, and the cushion compact allows for easy application! All you have to do is press a cosmetic sponge on the cushion and smooth the released foundation on your skin. Get ready to glow!
Pro Tip: Complement your glowing skin with equally illuminating makeup. Yep, we’re talking strobing. After applying your foundation, grab a highlighting stick (like the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter) and swipe it on the top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow and brow bone. Use your fingers to blend it out!
Not only does the liquid formula melt into the skin, leaving it looking supple, smooth and—most importantly—not blotchy, but the brand also designed a Total Control Drop Foundation Brush specifically for this product. The angled foundation brush works with the natural curves and contours of the face. Every nook and cranny will be covered. The foundation’s innovative drop-technology allows you to build your coverage to your liking...drop by drop.
Pro Tip: Here’s how you customize your foundation to your makeup mood: For a lighter, no-makeup makeup look, start by applying a hydrating moisturizer to a cleansed face. Wait a minute or two for the moisturizer to fully absorb into the skin. Then, add just one or two drops of your foundation to a damp makeup sponge or the brush and apply to the face as usual. For more coverage, try three or four droplets.
Dry skin often equals sensitive skin. So, keep your skin safe and healthy with a formula that can nourish and keep it covered. It also helps prevent cracking and dulling—a common side effect of dry skin. This heavenly foundation goes on so smooth and light, you’ll feel like you’re wearing a veil of silk on your face (or, even better, no makeup at all!). The product contains SPF 25, so you’ll be covered in more ways than one. Yep, those evil UV waves will be thwarted and all you’ll have is a beautiful, radiant face to show for it.
Pro Tip: For more coverage, apply with a blending brush all over the face. If you want a more natural-looking result, apply and blend in with your fingers.
If you have a extreme case of dryness, that may be a result of rosacea, sensitivity or allergy-prone skin. So you need a foundation that will not only cover your skin without irritating it (with even more with harmful ingredients and chemicals), but boost your skin’s moisture content. Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation is designed specifically for ultra-dry and sensitive complexions. The formula covers like a dream and targets redness, dry patches and uneven textures to both smooth cover and hydrate them. It also offers all-day hydration, so you won’t get that tight, dry feeling at any point throughout your day. Yes, please!
Pro Tip: Follow up with Set + Refresh spray to secure your makeup for longer and give it an additional boost of hydration!
**Do you have dry skin and swear by a hydrating foundation? Share your thoughts in the comments below!