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Best foundation for dry skin

23rd February 2020 | Author: Libby Mewes

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. 

Best foundation for dry skin

  1. Editor’s Pick/Best long-lasting foundation for dry skin: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r – £27
  2. Bargain Buy: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow   – £11.99
  3. Luxury Buy: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser – £35
  4. Best CC cream for dry skin: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream £32
  5. Best foundation for dry sensitive skin: Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup  – £28.50 

1. Editor’s Pick: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

£27 | Buy now from Fenty Beauty 

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. 

Buy now from Fenty Beauty

2. Bargain Buy: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Longwear Foundation

£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. 

Buy now from Amazon

3. Luxury Buy: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF30

£35 | Buy now from Cult Beauty 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser | mamabella

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. 

Buy now from Cult Beauty

4. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+

£31 | Buy now from IT Cosmetics 

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. 

Buy now from It Cosmetics

5. Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF15

£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.

Buy now from Clinique

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