Dry skin with acne? Dry flakey skin? There's a perfect foundation for it all...
If you suffer from dry skin you’ll be well aware that applying foundation can lead to patchy areas and crumbling make-up. Many brands out there target foundation for oily skin, but all the dry skin sufferers definitely haven’t been forgotten. So, if you’re yet to the find the ‘one’, rest assured: it’s out there. Give your skin the moisture it needs and a flawless complexion while you’re at it with the best foundation for dry skin.
If your skin type is anything other than normal, then it’s hard enough finding a foundation that won’t worsen any skin woes. Luckily, there are plenty of dreamy foundations for dry skin on the market that’ll help make your skin glow.
To find out all there is to know about foundation for dry skin, we spoke to Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics. ‘The first step is to work on improving the dryness itself, rather than trying to cover it up,’ advises Dr Ross. ‘Then look for the right products, avoiding anything that could actually make it worse.’
Prepping dry skin before applying any make-up is also crucial. ‘Choose a good quality light moisturiser that soaks in readily, rather than just sitting on the surface of the skin,’ says Dr Ross. ‘Leave it half an hour if you can before applying makeup, so that it is fully absorbed before adding make-up.’
Next, opt for a liquid or cream foundation, or a hydrating powder one. ‘Waterproof, matte finish and powder based foundations can be very drying,’ warns Dr Ross. ‘After foundation, if you can skip the powder, do! If you are prone to a ‘T-Zone’ shimmer, then use a light dusting of a mineral-based powder applied with a brush just to take the edge off any areas of shine.’
There’s also a lot of choice when it comes to the coverage you want. There are the alphabet creams – BB cream, CC cream and DD cream – as well as light, medium and heavy coverage foundations. So whatever your preference, find the best foundation for dry skin here and don’t forget to check out our Black Friday make up deals. Everyone deserves to enjoy a glowing complexion all year round.
Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Fluid Make-up, £37, John Lewis
Hyaluronic acid and liquorice extract work together to hydrate and give luminosity to the skin, guaranteeing eight hours of comfortably nourished skin.
Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation, £34, House of Fraser
This foundation has sheer but buildable coverage and is water based rather than oil-based, so won’t clog your pores. It contains moisturising Vitamin F Esters and peptides to keep skin soft without irritation but is formulated without parabens, fragrance or mineral oil.
Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm, £40, Fabled
Argireline® peptide boosts skin’s natural collagen production, while clary sage ferment strengthens skin’s protective moisture barrier. Plus, although the formula seems more like a tinted moisturiser, the coverage is pretty buildable.
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation, £78.50, Cult Beauty
It’s ultra-light and beautifully moisturising, plus it targets and covers any fine lines and sun spots – think skincare tied in with make-up.
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation for Acne Control, £54.50, Amazon
Containing 2% of sebum-busting salicylic acid, this acne treatment foundation hydrates while helping sensitive, spot-prone skin.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £32, Fabled
NARS’ cult favourite foundation gives the perfect amount of coverage, a gorgeous luminosity, plus it lasts for hours upon hours.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £40, John Lewis
As the holy grail liquid foundation for so many (Kim K included), this one blends seamlessly into skin, blurs imperfections, and gives a subtle dewy finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30, John Lewis
Packed with hyaluronic acid, this full-coverage foundation gives a semi-matte finish which isn’t too drying, and comes with the additional benefit of SPF 15.
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, £32, Boots
Its advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide deliver dynamic anti-ageing benefits while the patented hydration system continuously revitalises skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.
See more of our favourite foundations for dry skin below.
Rest assured your dry skin worries are a thing of the past…
As well as giving a natural glowing coverage and colour, the revolutionary gel cream formula has amazing skincare benefits, making it ideal for any dry skin struggles.
This new, portable compact foundation offers a sheer, yet supremely buildable coverage that for such a lightweight formula, is surprisingly resilient in the face of everyday makeup antagonists – think sweat, office air con and stress. If you do need a touch up, this compact foundation is infused with purified water, leaving skin feeling moisturised, making it perfect for tired, parched skin.
This oil-free protective gel foundation contains 60% charged water and seaweed extracts and has the unique ability to transfer water into the skin without the use of any oil, making it perfect for acne-prone dry skin.
A famed favourite amongst MUAs for years, MAC’s fluid foundation works wonders on just about everyone. Warm it up properly between fingers before working into the face for truly long-lasting, skin-like results.
This ultra-light foundation is 80% water, but that doesn’t mean it lacks coverage; it delivers a softly subtle amount which can built with more layers, and gives a gorgeous glow.
Suqqu’s sumptuously creamy foundation melts into dry, flakey skin, delivering a shot of 12 natural antioxidant ingredients to nourish and protect.