Trust Me—These Are the Best Foundations for Dry Skin

Dealing with dry skin is no easy affair. Already your skin lacks oil but then external factors such as extreme temperatures, harsh weather, UV exposure and pollution, can further contribute to the way your skin looks and feels. It can feel tight and sore as well as look patchy and flaky in its texture. Not the ideal canvas for applying makeup, especially foundation as it can easily flake and make skin look even worse. Makeup artist Gilbert Soliz advises to "prep the skin using both moisturiser and an oil. This combination leaves the skin super hydrated and more importantly it softens the surface allowing for the foundation to blend seamlessly on the skin".

Best foundations for dry skin



Ultimately, skincare is first and foremost the leading factor that will help dry skin look and feel hydrated, radiant and smooth, and the best canvas for your foundation. When it comes to your skincare, avoid using products that contain harsh ingredients, like sensitive skin, you don’t want to irritate your complexion. The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser is a great example of a cleanser that removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. In addition applying a rich but nourishing moisturiser after cleansing to seal and protect the skin is vitally important, the 111SKIN Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream is formulated to protect, seal and tend to skin types that are either dry, damaged or dehydrated. Containing hyaluronic acid to provide the skin with the hydration it needs and phospholipids that conditions the skin to keep it moisturised. The moisturiser is the perfect partner to deliver a plump and hydrated complexion.

With your skincare highlighted, the right product will blend effortlessy into the skin and whether you prefer a lightweight tinted moisturiser or a full coverage finish, these foundations will cover any complexion desires for those that suffer with drier skin types.

A budget-friendly brand that understands the fusion between skincare and cosmetics, as a skincare brand The Ordinary uses potent and highly charged ingredients that target the skin efficiently and the same can be said for their foundation. Infused with an hydrating serum, the foundation promises to not only be natural and long lasting but hydrating, ensuring the skin is catered to as well as not irritated. Also offering SPF15 protection and covering cool to warm undertones, this comes in 21 shade range leaving nothing but a seamless finish.

Think natural, radiant and buildable, the iconic glow leaves an immaculately even finish. Whilst all skin types can use this foundation, the sheer glow is best-selling amongst those that suffer with dry skin. Improving skin brightness and texture, the iconic glow is indisputably a top contender.

Isn’t it the best feeling when you wear a foundation that suits you down to the ground? The Face and Body Foundation is cult for many reasons—it’s long wearing which means minimal touch ups, but its key benefits are that it contains conditioning agents, antioxidants and emollients to prevent drying or caking on the skin. A satin finish that is sheer but can build to a medium if not full coverage, the overall feel and look on the skin is seamless.

If the rich and velvety finish isn’t enough to convince you then the formula certainly will. Firstly, it contains pansy extract, which is known for its hydrating properties. It also includes rose hip extract which helps protect the skin against environmental aggressors and enhanced pigments that moulds to the skin tone of each individual. This foundation looks after dry skin as well as enhancing the complexion.

Although this foundation is water and oil free, the formula still magically works to transform dry skin. Infused with powerful antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental aggressors, it also has Vitamin C, E and F as moisturising and brightening agents to supercharge the foundation that will illuminate any skin base but will primarily protect, hydrate and revitalise.

Available in 30 shades, this foundation has it all covered. A long-lasting formula, inducing natural luminosity and delivering high quality ingredients that bridge the gap between skincare and makeup. Softening, smoothing and enhancing the complexion, this foundation is an all-round pleasure on the skin.

For those that prefer a lighter coverage, this tinted moisturiser is the perfect combination. As a hydrating gel cream with a naturally radiant finish, this tinted moisturiser not only hydrates and seals but protects the skin with SPF 30. Although mineral foundations are not usually recommended for dry skin types, this foundation is infused with natural ingredients that includes marine botanicals and mineral electrolytes to boost the complexion.

This is a long-lasting CC cream that takes on the properties of a full coverage foundation. What sets this CC cream apart are the ingredients that show the brand’s knowledge about perfectly bridging specialist skincare and cosmetics. Containing hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamins, peptides and collagen, this hydrating cocktail mimics those of a luxurious moisturiser. Complimented with colour to correct tone, this CC cream is the answer for those that hate the heavy feel of foundation but reap its benefits with skincare in the mix.

Specifically designed for dry skin, this foundation offers a healthy glow with a long-lasting finish. Those that especially need hydration, this foundation never fails to come to the rescue.

Long wearing and ultimately flawless from day to night, the foundation range is split between oily and normal/dry. The normal/dry foundation contains hyaluronic acid that hydrates the skin over time and with a medium but buildable coverage, it works to conceal and quench the skin’s thirst.

With healthy and plump skin at its core, Revolution has brought together a foundation that hits the same spot as their bestselling concealer. Fifty shades under the belt, this foundation sees dry skin as a type that it can hydrate, soothe and illuminate. Hyaluronic acid for hydration and a formulation that offers an all-day radiance without clinging to any dry patches. Both budget friendly and worth it in terms of formula, this foundation smooths and creates a satin veil over the skin.

Although oil-free, this foundation works to retain moisture levels to the skin as well as deliver hydrating ingredients without oversaturating the skin. Formulated with alpine rose which brightens the complexion and coconut water which replenishes moisture levels, this foundation will leave you looking flawless and creating a beautiful canvas that even dry patches can’t ignore.

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