Finding the best foundation for dry skin isn’t simply a case of choosing a brand or finding a foundation match for your skin tone.
Dry skin can cause makeup to gather and look clumpy causing uneven coverage and flaky patches. Cold weather can then make things worse, as can harsh soaps and face washes, or too many hot baths and showers.
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As a result, people with dry skin need to keep their faces hydrated throughout the day and simply using a moisturiser first thing in the morning is unlikely to do the job. This is where buying a good foundation for dry skin comes in.
It should also be noted that hormone changes that take place during the menopause can cause dry, itchy skin. Read more in our What happens to skin and hair during menopause guide.
Below, we’ve put together a collection of what we consider to be the best foundations for dry skin. They’re not exclusively for people with dry skin, but they offer additional ingredients and consistencies that improve dry skin. You can also check our best foundation and best foundation for dark skin lists for more options.
Why we love it: Rihanna has created a foundation suitable for not only 50 skin tones, but one that works flawlessly for medium-dry skin. As its name suggests, the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation has impressively good coverage, lasts for hours and its hydrating formula leaves your skin looking natural.
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This foundation is an absolute must-have for dry skin as it includes grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate to give skin the nourishment it needs and the formula is both sweat and heat resistant as well, so you can wear it any day any night for any occasion and trust it’ll stay put whatever you’re doing.
£11.99 | Buy now from Amazon
For less than £12, L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible foundation is seriously impressive. If your skin is feeling tired and thirsty, this foundation will help you regain your glow and maintain it for hours.
The formulation is creamy and the foundation has a blendable consistency that makes it perfect for mixing with other products – such as moisturisers, hydrating boosters and oils – which makes sure it sits nicely on any super dry areas. The coverage can be boosted by adding an extra layer and you don’t need to worry about it becoming cakey.
£35 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
It makes sense that dry skin needs more than an everyday foundation to provide it with the hydration it needs, so choosing from the best tinted moisturisers is a good alternative.
Laura Mercier is renowned for her fantastic skincare and “flawless face” products and this tinted moisturiser sits in the hall of fame. It offers the ideal base for the dewy, natural, minimal makeup look that’s so on-trend this year. It has a sheer finish with a slight tint and is the perfect combination of skincare and makeup.
The lightweight formula, infused with tamarind seed extract, helps to prevent water evaporation and therefore retains the skin’s natural moisture and hydrates as necessary.
With a medium-high coverage and lightweight finish, we absolutely love this colour correcting (CC) cream. It works like a foundation, offering hydrating coverage while evening out redness and dry skin.
It has a nourishing formula, as well as an SPF of over 50 to keep your delicate, sensitive skin protected and enriched even in the sun. This cream is also a dream for ensuring your skin won’t crease or crack under the weight of a heavier foundation. It is our Editor’s Pick in our best foundation list but we felt Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r was the better foundation for dry skin.
£28.50 | Buy now from Clinique
This foundation for dry skin has such a brightening effect that Clinique doesn’t even call it a foundation. It’s referred to as Light Reflecting Makeup.
This formula means it brightens any dull areas of your face and its formula gives the skin a soft and clear finish while lighting and lifting. It also won’t cling to any dry patches, or get lost under those pesky flakes. It gives relatively light coverage but can be built up to medium with an extra layer, it’s also easily blendable and comes in a range of 30 shades.
Libby graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She’s worked as a researcher and writer for Heart Radio as well as a features writer for a Somerset newspaper. She’s since taken time out to travel, manage a hotel restaurant, do a lot of dog walking, and now works in London’s West End