best foundation for dry skin

The best foundation for dry skin that’ll fix your skin woes

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.

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 foundation for dry sensitive skin

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

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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 mature skin

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.

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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, £32, Fabled

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

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Best liquid foundation for dry skin

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.

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Best matte foundation for dry skin

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.

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Best powder foundation for dry skin

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.

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