best foundation for dry skin

The best foundation for dry skin to fix a patchy, flaky complexion

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  • Dry skin with acne? Flaky skin? There's a perfect foundation for it all...

    Dry skin is a bit of a catch 22: you may want to cover it up, but more often than not putting foundation on makes it appear all the more obvious. That’s where the best foundation for dry skin comes in.

    Armed with the right formula, your foundation can deliver a hit of moisture to your skin while simultaneously disguising it under a veil of pigment. It’s all about knowing what to look for.

    Keep scrolling to find your new complexion hero, whether your dry skin is flaky or acne-prone. Because crumbly make-up is just not the one, is it?

    Best foundation for dry skin with full coverage

    Hyaluronic acid and liquorice extract work together to hydrate and give luminosity to the skin, guaranteeing eight hours of comfortably nourished skin.

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    Best drugstore foundation for dry skin

    Revlon ColourStay Makeup, £12.99, Boots

    best foundation for dry skin Revlon

    Specially formulated for skint that’s on the dry side, this one will balance your skin’s moisture levels throughout the day with a satin-y finish – the opposite of the dry and flaky texture you love to hate.

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    Best foundation for dry sensitive skin

    Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation, £34, House of Fraser

    best foundation for dry skin Cover FX

    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.

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    Best foundation for dry patchy skin

    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.

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    Best foundation for dry skin with acne

    Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation for Acne Control, £54.50, Amazon

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    Containing 2% of sebum-busting salicylic acid, this acne treatment foundation hydrates while helping sensitive, spot-prone skin.

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    Best long-lasting foundation for dry skin

    NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £33, Fabled

    best foundation for dry skin NARS

    NARS’ cult favourite foundation gives the perfect amount of coverage, a gorgeous luminosity, plus it lasts for hours upon hours.

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    See more of our favourite foundations for dry skin below.

    Rest assured your dry skin worries are a thing of the past…

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