When it comes to finding the best foundation for dry skin, hydration is a great place to start.
Lucky for us, formulas featuring the likes of hyaluronic acid and squalane are more readily available than ever. And by bringing together the best of skin care and makeup, foundations for dry skin now come in an array of finishes and textures too.
It’s no longer dewy and sheer only, hydrating foundations can offer everything from full coverage to a satin finish. Need it to be long-lasting too? We’ll help you to find one that won’t settle into lines or accentuate dry patches.
Here are the best foundations for dry skin, according to reviews…
Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation
We say: Comfort, calm and conceal your parched complexion all in one with this lightweight, skin-like, luminous formula.
You say: “I’m seriously so in love with this foundation. I get a full coverage finish, with a glow, that lasts all day long. It makes my skin look flawless and almost baby smooth” – makeupwithcortney
$105 at bobbibrown.com.au
Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF20
We say: Serving up a slew of skin care ingredients alongside its comfortable coverage, this serum-foundation hybrid will not only hydrate skin but also fight pigmentation while it’s at it.
You say: “The foundation its somewhere in between medium to full coverage which is great for me as I can use it to suits when I need lightweight makeup during the daytime and layer it up for full coverage at night. The additional hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C really helps my skin to feel hydrated throughout my wear and I can see it helps my skin from having crease which shows my fine lines and wrinkles like some foundation does.” –Cwingy83
$65 at clinique.com.au
Revlon PhotoReady CandidGlow™ Anti-Pollution Foundation
We say: If you like your skin to look like your skin (only better), look no further. This one is lightweight, sheer, and comes with a healthy side helping of glow.
You say: “It fit for normal and dry skin and really give skin glowing look. There is not much coverage, not suitable if beauties look for full coverage. I cannot tell whether it will anti blue light or anti pollution. But I truely believed Revlon is great branch in drug store. This is really similar to YSL glow foundation which discontinued a while ago. It would be the great replacement.” –Kara490
$12.47 (down from $24.95) at Chemist Warehouse
Maybelline New York Dream Urban Cover Foundation
We say: Featuring a buildable formula with SPF 40, this pick is ideal for those who don’t want to compromise on coverage for comfort. It feels (and looks) great all day long without accentuating any creases.
You say: “This foundation looks great all day long, it doesn’t settle into fine lines and looks (as well as feels) natural on your skin and doesn’t cake up when you try to apply a second layer for more coverage. Definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a budget friendly foundation that won’t disappoint.” -ElleKay
$13 at (down from $25.95) Chemist Warehouse
Max Factor Miracle Second Skin
We say: Made to blur imperfections while delivering nutrients, this antioxidant-packed foundation will comfort dry skin while protecting its barrier from everyday aggressors.
You say: “This is a very nice foundation! It blends out very nicely and dries down, while still giving a slight glow to the skin. It doesn’t cling to dry patches or accentuate my fine lines and texture either.” -JMenz
$31.95 at Priceline
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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
We say: Red, irritated and puffy skin: you are not safe. Boost radiance with the vitamin B, C and E rich formula and glow for up to 16 hours at a time.
You say: “This is a must try drugstore foundation because it ticked all the boxes for me. This foundation spreads out evenly on skin and keeps my dry skin hydrated throughout the day.” – HelenT
$23.37 at Amazon AU
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Natio Flawless Foundation SPF15
We say: Full coverage, lightweight texture and lasting hydration? Everything we could ever ask for.
You say: “It is very smooth and long lasting, the products application is not flaking or caked on the the skin.” – Melanie Rose Smith
$19.95 at Priceline
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Have you tried any of these foundations? Do you have any other hydrating favourites?