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Dry skin is the pits. No matter what you chuck at it, by 3pm there are little flakey bits that you're desperate to pick, your forehead is tight and foundation has gathered in patches on your chin. Finding the perfect base is really tricky, which is why we wanted to do the leg work for you to find the best foundations for dry skin. We've only included the foundations that keep skin moisturised throughout the day, create unrivalled dewiness and feel comfortable to wear.
Here are our top foundations for dry skin:
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40, £42 – The reason that this one is so good for dry skin is that as it says on the tin, it’s a foundation infused with a serum. So whilst you’re popping it on for coverage, you’re actually getting all the skincare benefits of a serum. It boosts moisture in your skin (that’ll be the lychee, watermelon and apple extract complex) and helps encourage barrier repair. Not bad for a little 30ml bottle. Plus the pipette is an incredibly fun way to dispense the product. It’s the little things…
Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation, £8.99 – Maybelline say that this flawless foundation camouflages a myriad of stress signs like redness, bumbs and dullness – all the things dry skinned women abhor. And guess what? It does exactly that.
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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £32 – Annoyingly, there’s no pump with this, so you have to buy it separately. Honestly? What a load of nonsense. That should 100% be included in the price. However, the formula more than makes up for it. Comes in a whopping 19 shades – as it should. Makes skin look like skin, but better. You might be saying to yourself ‘well, d’uh’, but actually there are only so many foundations that can actually achieve this.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, £30 – This wins the prize for most varied shade range. It has 40. Yes, we said 40. Women around the world rejoice! It’s not too thick, it’s not thin, but it masks a multitude of blemishes, including too-large-for-their-own-good pores and dark spots. Plus it doesn’t dry you out, so when you look in the mirror at night, you’ll look pretty darn similar to how you started.
Shisedo Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation, £34 - This is a clever, clever foundation. It has technology inside it that synchronizes with your skin's moisture levels, ensuring that throughout the day your complexion stays dewy and glowy.
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Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, £60 – Unlike all the other foundations on this list, this one comes in a pot so application can be a little difficult. Especially, trying to work out how much to use. On first glance it looks super thick and creamy, but actually the richness means that it melts into skin and is super hydrating. It almost looks and feels like you’re putting your moisturiser on it’s that soothing on the skin.
Clinique Supermoisture Makeup, £20 – Is it a cream? Is it a gel? Who cares when it’s this bloody moisturizing. It’s stuffed full of ‘super-intense humectants’ (which is just a fancy word for something that is used to reduce moisture loss. Not only does your dry, chapped skin feel instantly better after putting this on, continued actually improves skin condition.
Dr Perricone No Makeup Foundation SPF 30, £45 - If you don't like a heavy foundation, this is the perfect choice for you. The light coverage formulation is packed full of dry skin busting ingredients. That's because it's created by the amazing Dr Perricone, who's skincare is out of this world fantastic.
Not convinced by any of these? We get it, sometimes you want to find you own...