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The Best Foundation for Dry Skin

By Ellie Child - 3 years ago | Updated

Finding the best foundation for dry skin can be a tough one to crack, with the likes of fine lines, flaky patches and dehydration all needing to be catered for.

We understand that although you're wanting to hide that unwanted flaking, you're also probably looking to do some good and actually help maintain your skin's moisture levels. It’s essential to find a product that provides good coverage as well as hydrating benefits to help re-balance moisture levels and keep the skin looking healthy and luminous. After all, dry and flaky skin is a no no − especially with the colder months upon us.

Here at Cosmetify, we've rounded up some of the best foundations for dry skin types so that you can discover the perfect formula with ease.

NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation

First up is the iconic Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS. This highly-rated foundation provides a light yet buildable coverage while delivering an abundance of moisture to the skin. You can expect a comfortable finish and a healthy-looking glow without any icky cakiness.

MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation

This lightweight, liquid formula supplies the face with a soft veil of coverage, ideal for creating a natural makeup look. Us gals at the Cosmetify office loved this particular foundation as it leaves your skin looking and feeling perfectly hydrated, ensuring that your face is kept looking flawless throughout the party season.

Burt's Bees Exclusive Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation

Now don't get us wrong, we love a high-end, luxe foundation...but sometimes it's best to strip it back to basics. This intensely nourishing and 98.9% natural foundation is full of youth-reviving benefits that make it a godsend for dry skin. Loved for its lightweight yet buildable texture, the foundation contains meadowfoam seed oil which intensely hydrates dried-out skin. Sure, it may not be quite as Insta-worthy as Fenty or Mac, but it sure does get your skin glowin'.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation With SPF & Hyaluronic Acid

If buildable, glowy coverage is your thing, then the L'Oreal True Match is a must-have that needs adding to your basket ASAP. This cult-classic foundation provides a medium-full, comfortable coverage that dries into a semi-matte finish. Coming in at a wallet-friendly price, the hydrating formula is a must-have for normal and dry skin types as it's infused with hyaluronic acid (aka the soulmate your skin has been searching for).

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation SPF 13

For a smooth and silky finish, the Dream Satin Liquid Foundation is your best bet. This lightweight serum formula is enriched with restorative hyaluronic acid for optimal hydration, while the air-whipped texture delivers a medium coverage that is full of radiance and super easy on the skin. Ultra-blendable, this foundation is all you need to enjoy a catwalk-ready glow.

Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint SPF 23

Flaky skin can be a real downer and often has us looking in the nearest reflective surface to see what state it's in. Well, folks, it's time to wave goodbye to those days as the feel-good foundation from Lancôme has us feeling more confident than ever before. Its hydrating formulation not only beautifies the skin but also protects it from damaging UV rays for the perfect all-year-round complexion. For more sun protection, check out our SPF hub!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All In One Glow

The newly released All-In-One Glow foundation instantly brightens and hydrates the skin. Its luxurious cream formula blurs the appearance of imperfections to leave behind a seamless, medium coverage. As well as providing radiance, this foundation delivers long-lasting moisture to dry skin types. It’s a glow-booster, for sure.

Okay, if it's gracing the faces of Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen and Priyanka Chopra then you best believe it's getting featured in a Cosmetify round-up. This Insta-famous foundation has all of us in the office talking, and with good reason too! This second-skin foundation provides you with a naturally dewy finish that was just made for drier skin types. For a truly fool-proof finish, we turn to EX1 Cosmetics.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Wanting a matte finish doesn't mean you have to deprive your skin of that much-needed hydration. Get both with the moisture-rich formula from Smashbox and rejoice in long-lasting, flawless results. Finding your perfect shade is super easy too, thanks to the diverse colour range that Smashbox provides. Team this together with one of our epic primers and you're set for the day!

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Hydrating Foundation

We can almost guarantee you'll find your perfect shade match with this one. Nailing an epic line of warm and cool toned pigments, the PRO FILT'R foundation arrives in 50 different shades and offers the hydration your skin is craving. If it gives us that epic glow that RiRi rocks then we are SOLD.

So there you have it: a collection of our must-have foundations for dry and dehydrated skin. Remember, for the best results always ensure you apply a generous amount of moisturiser to your skin before using makeup – this will give your foundation a flawless finish every time.

Read More: The Top 5 Foundations for Pale or Translucent Skin

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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