Women with dry skin usually don’t have to worry about their foundation fading, breaking down or wearing off before the end of the day like their oily-skinned countertops. That’s because they don’t have an issue with oil breaking through the makeup and causing it to slip off the skin. Dry skinned women are usually less prone to acne as well, so they don’t have to worry about their foundation breaking them out either.
But that doesn’t mean that finding a foundation for dry skin is easy either.
Dry skin presents its own challenges when it comes to foundation. Since dry or dehydrated skin is usually dull, a foundation with a matte finish can actually make you look older and more wrinkled than you actually are. If the makeup is designed to absorb shine while you wear it, it can even your skin look drier and drier as the day goes on. Foundation can also have a habit of clinging to dry, flaky patches, making your skin look splotchy and uneven no matter how much you blend it in.
The key to finding the right foundation for dry skin starts with choosing the right formula. Skip powders and stick foundation, which tend to be dry and difficult to blend, and stick to liquid and cream foundations. Check the ingredients’ list to make sure that they are hydrating agents like glycerin and hyaluronic acid in the foundation to keep your skin moisturized all day. You also want to look for a foundation that has a dewey or satin finish to give your skin the glow that it may be missing naturally.
In many cases, anti-aging foundations can be a good fit – even if you’re dealing with dry skin in your teens or 20’s. Skin tends to become drier as it matures, so foundation for older skin is usually chock full of moisturizing and brightening ingredients that flatter dry skin no matter how old you are.
In addition to finding a good foundation for your dry skin, keep in mind that your application method can make a big difference in how your makeup looks too. With dry skin, you may want to avoid using a brush to apply your foundation – the bristles can actually exfoliate the skin and make dry patches even flakier. Instead, use clean fingers or a damp sponge to get a smooth, even foundation application.
If you still need some help finding a good foundation, here are 10 foundations guaranteed to keep your skin looking smooth, hydrated and glowing all day long.
Clinique Supermoisture Makeup
Clinique’s Supermoisture Makeup is a creamy formula specifically designed for drier skins. It provides enough moisture to maintain a dewy, radiant look all day long. $25 at Clinique.
Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF25
Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation is a super-moisturizing formula that delivers a healthy, dewy glow. It also offers anti-aging benefits, so it’s an ideal option for mature-dry skin. $58 at Sephora.
Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation
The Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation is a creamy, hydrating formula that delivers a natural looking finish. Its unique whipped formula also allows it to blend into drier skin like a dream. $8.99 at Ulta.
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation
Tarte’s Maracuja Miracle Foundation contains the highly moisturizing maracuja oil so it hydrates dry skin and leaves you with a fresh, dewey complexion. The maracuja oil can also help reduce redness, irritation and inflammation, making it ideal for dry, sensitive skin. $42 at Sephora.
Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation
The Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation is marketed as an anti-aging foundation that helps fade age spots, but its unique formula makes it ideal for dry skin too. There’s a hydrating serum swirled in with the foundation, so you can actually see a cumulative moisturizing effect with daily use. $14.99 at Ulta.
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation offers a creamy, hydrating formula that glides on smoothly and provides a radiant finish. It also contains peptides and advanced optical diffuses to help soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. $50 at Sephora.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Foundation
Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Foundation is meant to firm the skin, but its rich, creamy formula provides plenty of moisture for dry skin. It also offers an SPF18 to protect the skin from sun damage. $8.99 at Ulta.
Hourglass Veil Makeup SPF15
The Hourglass Veil Makeup is a rich liquid formula that hydrates the skin and provides a dewy glow. It also contains anti-aging ingredients that can help boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. $60 at Sephora.
Yves Stain Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation SPF19
If your dry skin’s dull look is getting you down, Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation is for you. The magic light formula helps even out the skin tone and highlight the face for a glowy, radiant look. $55 at Sephora.
M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation
With moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E, the M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation helps hydrate the skin and provides a light-reflecting, natural satin finish. $33 at M.A.C. Cosmetics.