The 10 best foundations for dry skin


Foundation is a magical, magical thing. Because while we’re all about loving the skin we’re in, nothing dials up our confidence like a really good base. That confidence, however, isn’t always as rock solid when our skin goes and sabotages things.

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Dry skin can cause a lot of issues, but one of the most offensive of the bunch is the way it messes with our makeup application – especially our foundation. Yep, when your skin is parched, itchy, or God forbid, flaky, your base can look real dodgy real fast.

So, if your thirsty complexion is going through a particularly rebellious stage, it’s time to hit it with the hydration it needs in foundation form too. These are the best bases to turn to when you need to take your face from flat to flawless. Consider your complexion quenched.


Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

We say: A ‘barely there’ base that works like a spritz of spring water for your face – if spring water also delivered luminously natural coverage, that is.

You say: “I love this foundation.  If I want a glowing skin for a special occasion I reach for this foundation( I actually need to buy another bottle soon). It photographs well and the shade is perfect” – Bilsta

Want to know more? Read Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation SPF10 reviews here…

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Cream Foundation

We say: A water-cream consistency that offers medium coverage specifically designed to flatter dry skin types. This  hyaluronic acid-rich formula works to soothe sensitive skin, leaving a satin-like finish and luminous glow. 

You say: “I actually sometimes wear this on its own, and am surprised how good it still looks at the end of the day.” – MrsRobinson

Want to know more? Read  La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Hydrating Water-Cream reviews here…

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

Want to know more? Read Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation reviews here….



Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Foundation

We say:  This serum-foundation-hybrid puts to bed the age old beauty myth that hydration doesn’t have to equal light coverage. This one is more than worthy of its full-coverage-yet-impressively-nourishing status.

You say: “It did not dry out my skin for the whole day. It has a luxurious texture and is infused with hyaluronic acid for skin. It made my skin smooth, hydrating and glowing.” – sandyt

Want to know more? Read Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Foundation reviews here…

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Foundation

We say: If the brief was ‘protect and perfect’, this 4-star rated, easily buildable, antioxidant-packed formula has knocked it out of the park.

You say: “I find it makes my skin look so much better than it actually is. It really does make my skin look healthy. I have dry, mature skin.” – review beauties

Want to know more? Read Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Foundation reviews here…

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

Want to know more? Read Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation reviews here…



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

Want to know more? Read Natio Flawless Foundation SPF15 reviews here…

Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

We say: Prepare for your face to be moisturised and your imperfections masked. This 5-star rated foundation even provides a little wrinkle-lifting action too.

You say: “I suffer from dry skin and this foundation well and truly keeps my skin happy all day long. Its non irritating and infact very gentle on my skin and eye area. The formula is very long lasting and I get day long results from each application…without a primer.” – Moonstone

Want to know more? Read Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation reviews here…

Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation

We say: Look, we’re not recommending you actually wear your foundation for 24 hours straight, we’re just saying this one would keep you hydrated for that long if you were so inclined.

Want to know more? Read Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation reviews here…

Clinique Even Even Better Refresh™ Hydrating and Repairing Makeup

We say: Your thirsty complexion will welcome this creamy formula – it smooths, plumps and hydrates, because apparently it’s just trying to show off.

You say: “It’s a really lovely every day foundation that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, to be honest, it doesn’t feel like I am wearing any foundation at all.” – thelifeoflaura

Want to know more? Read Clinique Even Even Better Refresh™ Hydrating and Repairing Makeup reviews here…

Have you tried any of these formulas? Do you have any other hydrating favourites? Main image credit: @gwenythpaltrow

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  1. I luckily don't have dry skin on my face but I wouldn't mind trying the Clarins and the Bourjois. Oh what the heck, I'd love to try them all. But I'm expecting the YSL is waaaay out of my price bracket.

  2. Some lovely options here. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried (and reviewed) the Bourjois Healthy Mix, but it was a while ago. I tend to use tinted moisturiser rather than foundation.

  3. I have dry skin and find it hard to find a great foundation. I had been using Maybelline 24hr super stay and it's great but recently I've been using ChiChi CC cream instead of foundation.

  4. A BH Beauty gave me a tip a few months ago. Mix one drop of rosehip oil into your foundation. It's a game changer. My foundation now glides on leaving my skin looking dewy rather than dry & flat.


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