foundation for dry skin

Foundation for dry skin: Our pick of the best liquid and powder formulas

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Give your skin the moisture it needs and a flawless complexion while you're at it

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, there are also a few that cater to foundation for dry skin. So, if you’re yet to the find the ‘one’, rest assured, it’s out there.

You might think that liquid foundation is your only option. But, there’s actually a slew of moisturising powder foundations on the market too. Boosted with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, these powders can give your skin just as much of a hit of moisture as liquid formulations. And they’ll allow you to have that matte effect all day long without flaking.

Take Smashbox’s Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, £31. It’s advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide deliver dynamic anti-ageing benefits. Meanwhile the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes your skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day. Similarly, Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, £34, glides on effortlessly to camouflage, hydrate and visibly reduce lines.

But if you’re after something even more moisturising that will give your skin a dewy finish, try one of the many liquid foundations designed to hydrate your skin. La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, £70, is super lightweight and contains gemstones and Blue Algae Lift Ferment to smooth, firm and brighten your skin. And if you want something a bit lighter in texture, try bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Cream, £26. It’s like a tinted moisturiser/foundation hybrid.

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 enjoy a glowing complexion all year round.


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