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The Best Foundation for Dry Skin

By Ellie Child - 3 years ago | Updated
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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.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

£6.25 £6.50 (4% off)

The Ordinary is a favourite with the Cosmetify team for its affordable and effective products, and this serum foundation is no exception. The lightweight formula is effortless to apply, delivering a natural, semi-matte finish that's hydrating for dry skin. It's also infused with SPF 15 for extra sun protection.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

£29.25 £35.50 (18% off)

This is no regular foundation stick. Designed with a unique transparent base and a patented Smart Technology, this waterproof foundation from Bobbi Brown delivers just the right amount of moisture according to your skin type and feels like a second skin once applied. It's medium-to-full coverage without being heavy, and comes in over 31 shades!

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

£24.50 £24.80 (2% off)

This foundation from Clinique not only improves the appearance of your skin when you're wearing it, thanks to its luminising pigments, but it also improves your skin texture over time with vitamin C. Deveoped with dermatologists, this lightweight formula is perfect for anyone with dry, uneven skin.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation

£11.69 £13.00 (11% off)

You probably already use hyaluronic acid somewhere in your routine if you've got dry skin, and now you can have it in your foundation as well. This brightening foundation from Benefit hydrates your skin and makes it look fresh and bright in all lighting with its blend of hyaluronic acid, flower acids and photochromic pigments.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation

£19.12 £22.50 (16% off)

Dry skin often goes hand-in-hand with skin dullness, but the luminous, wet-look finish you'll get from this breathable and buildable formula will give your skin new life. It doesn't cake, it lasts all day long and it's made with hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

£24.76 £31.99 (23% off)

Sometimes all you want from your foundation is a wash of colour, and this lightweight, creamy foundation from Illamasqua gives you just that. Packed with stearic acid and vitamin c, it offers buildable coverage and will leave you with soft skin and a glowing complexion.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation

£37.95 £55.57 (32% off)

Make your foundation work a bit harder for you! Go for a skincare/makeup hybrid like this vitamin-packed mineral foundation from Jane Iredale. It's super hydrating, with a light-reflecting sheer-to-medium coverage that conceals pores, uneven skin texture and any other impurities.

Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Hydrating Foundation

£8.49 £9.99 (16% off)

Up to 12 hours of hydration?! Count us in! Maybelline bring you this foundation enriched with hyaluronic acid and collagen to keep your skin super moisturised all day. The medium coverage ensures you're still able to hide all your blemishes while the lightweight feel offers maximum comfort.

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint

£30.42 £36.00 (16% off)

Often, a full or even medium coverage foundation can feel too heavy and cakey for dry skin. If this is the case for you, you're going to love this skin tent from Kevyn Aucoin. This is an extra sheer foundation loaded with butterfly bush flower extract to protect against free radicals and (you've probably guessed it) hyaluronic acid for hydration. It blurs imperfections for an effortlessly flawless but natural finish.

Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

£25.46 £31.00 (18% off)

And to finish off this list, here's one of our favourites, a breathable, silky smooth formula from Stila that your dry skin will adore. This foundation contains Irish sea moss to improve texture and hydration, baobab seed extract for skin protection and plant collagen extract for skin elasticity. With buildable coverage, this is a product that you'll want in your makeup bag for everyday looks and glam nights out alike!


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.

If dry lips are also plaguing you, make sure to check out our edit of the best lip scrubs for a flake-free pout, and then make sure to nourish those lips with one thesetop lip oils.

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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