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9 Best Foundations For Dry Skin.-

By: Niwrka P. - Skincare Professional & Makeup Artist.-

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Fall Is Coming...

Dealing with dry skin is challenging, but finding the proper foundation to work with your skin is even more complicated.

Regular formulas crack and cake on dry skin, leaving a flaky, patchy mess that highlights every fine line, wrinkle, and pore; not a pretty sight. We for sure don't need that!

The trick is to find the foundation with the right ingredients.

Now, I know the ingredients listed are like a mile long, but there are certain ones you need to look out for:

Humectants - Additives that draw moisture in and stop the skin from drying. These brighten, soothe, and soften skin. Examples are hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, and glycerin/glycerol.

Emollients - Additives that cover the skin in a protective film; think of it like saran wrap. Emollients keep the moisture in. Examples are squalene, dimethicone, and plant oils.

I know, finding the proper foundation just turned into a chemistry lesson.

No worries; I have a list of nine of my favorite foundations for dry skin that will give you precisely the kind of coverage, finish, and look you are looking for because you have dry skin or simply because colder months are approaching.

Let's Get Into It!

1. When You Need Full Coverage

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

This foundation is all of your skincare and full coverage dreams in one.

Its ultra-lightweight formula uses excellent ingredients like REPLEXIUM®, MossCellTec™, and AirCool™ to blur pores, fill in fine lines, and reduce wrinkles; your skin will love all of these ingredients like hyaluronic acid to keep dryness away. You can use it with or without a primer and blend it with a beauty blender.

2. When You Need Medium Coverage

Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation

This award-winning oil-free foundation has a buildable medium coverage thanks to its micro–fil™ technology, where pigment lies flat, making it very easy to blend.

It gives your skin a silky radiance with an airbrushed finish. A damp beauty blender will give a more dewy finish, while a brush will provide a more natural look.

3. When You Need Light Coverage

MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Skin Tint Clean Foundation

This buildable sheer skin tint gives just enough coverage to brighten and even out your skin tone, giving you a sunkissed natural finish. It has plenty of hydration power with plant-derived squalane, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and broad-spectrum SPF 30. For best results, dot around the face and blend out with your fingertips.

4. When You Need It to Be Waterproof

Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation

This water-resistant foundation with SPF 30 is perfect for a day at the beach or by the pool. Its luminous hydrating formulation with micro crystals and transparent, luminous pearls is like a big glass of water for your skin, making it look fresh and super dewy. Shake the bottle well before using it, then dot it around your face and blend it with your fingertips for the best result.

5. When You Need A Long-Lasting Option To Last Through Your Special Day

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

This buildable, long-lasting foundation gives you 24 hours of medium-to-full coverage without clogging pores or settling into fine lines. It has all the moisturizing power your dry skin needs with grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid. With an impressive 50-shade range, there is a color for everyone. For medium coverage, go for one pump and blend it with a damp beauty blender.

6. When You Need Some Brightening

Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation

This medium-coverage, natural finish foundation has SPF 25 protection to keep those harmful rays away. It also brightens skin with ingredients like niacinamide and caffeine and my favorite hydration helpers, hyaluronic acid, and squalane. And you know what's impressive? It's vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free, and the packaging is recyclable!

7. Did I Hear That You Want To Glow?

NARS’s Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

NARS Knows how to bring the glow, and this foundation is no exception. It's a blendable liquid formula that gives medium coverage without looking cakey. This product lasts up to 16 hours and has 34 shades that mimic the skin's natural tone. It also has a great lineup of ingredients like a blend of apple, raspberry, and watermelon extracts that help turn up the radiance. Use without a primer on clean, moisturized skin for the best results.

8. Mature Skin

Hourglass’s Illusion™ Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Infused with the brand's Hyaluronan Complex, this dewy foundation has all the benefits of a hydrating serum. This innovative formulation tightens sagging skin and helps smooth and plump out fine lines and wrinkles. It is lightweight, buildable, and has UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection, just what dry, mature skin needs. It's best to use this with an oil-free primer and blend it with a foundation brush. Excellent to know that it is Vegan and Cruelty-Free!

9. If You Are Short On Cash, this one below it's an excellent choice

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

This budget-friendly option is an oil-free water-gel formula that is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and lasts all day. It has medium coverage and is chock-full of hyaluronic acid, keeping your skin looking plump and smooth. You can use this on top of an oil-free primer, dabbing lightly with your fingers, or a beauty blender.


If you have dry-very dry flakey skin and must wear foundation,

use a damp beauty blender to apply because it won't disturb your skin like a brush.

And we cannot forget, one More Thing…

To get the best results out of any foundation, you must first take care of your skin, focusing on a skincare routine that improves dryness by moisturizing it with hydrating serums, creams, and a hydrating primer, which I will discuss in a future post.

Feel Free To Check Below My List Of Recommended Moisturizers for Dry Skin

A solid skincare routine will help control the dry patches and flakiness, making it the perfect canvas for these foundations to set well on dry skin, do their magic, and enhance your natural beauty!

Until Next Time!

Peace, Love & Light!

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Author: Niwrka P.

Is A Beauty Content Creator | Skincare Professional | Licensed Esthetician & Makeup artist

with over a decade of experience in the beauty industry.-

Passionate about Esthetics and sharing knowledge!

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