10 best moisturising foundations for dry skin
Picking the ultimate foundation is a subjective task - everyone’s looking for something different. If your skin tends to be as dry as Death Valley you won't have problems with makeup disappearing by noon, but it may just settle into every miniscule line on your face, as well as holding a magnifying glass to any texture and flaky patches!
While the hunt for your HG foundation goes on, it’s also worth re-evaluating your skincare situation to ensure you’re maximising hydration at every possible opportunity, be it by finding the right serum, choosing the right moisturiser or utilising a face mist throughout the day. Another option to consider is the use of an acid-based exfoliant to gentle rid skin of dull dry surface layer flakes so you have a good base to start with.
It may seem like an unnecessary extra, but the use of a primer with hydrating benefits will also prove worth its weight in gold to help keep your foundation looking its just-applied best for longer.
When you’ve got all that nailed, choose a foundation designed for dry skin, like one of these expert options:
bh loves (L-R): Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation, Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation.
Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation, $64
Incredibly fluid but feels light as air once it's on. Once you’ve got the hang of blending the liquid consistency of Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation you’ll be well chuffed with the healthy real-skin result it provides.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation $78
Another option with a light, watery texture but good coverage. We love the way MAC's Studio Waterweight Foundation never feels cakey or heavy, keeping skin looking plump and hydrated but not overly shiny.
Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, $62
Looking for a long-wear option? This is your best bet! Smashbox's Studio Skin Foundation is an industry go-to for dry skin, it wears well without making you look parched.
DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation, $25
Those in the know seriously rate DB Cosmetics' Luminous Hydrating Foundation for providing the previously unattainable to dry skin types: dewy skin. A best-kept beauty secret!
Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, $25.99
A dab hand at balancing out those annoyingly dry AND oily combination skin types, Covergirl's Vitalist Foundation is a good option for beginners as it’s easily built up.
bh loves (L-R): YSL Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation, Innoxa Hydroboost Foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation.
YSL Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation, $92
If you want sheer, buildable coverage that makes you look all glowy and fresh, YSL's Touche Éclat Foundation is your option. It’s made with 70% water and contains skincare benefits like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants too. Luxe but worth it.
Innoxa Hydroboost Foundation, $44.95
It claims to actually INCREASE hydration in skin by up to 40% in 6 hours. Bold claims indeed, but we can’t deny Innoxa's Hydroboost Foundation is a good option for dry skin types.
Packed full of vitamins C, E and B5, you know Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation is working to keep dry skin in great shape while it provides natural-looking coverage that lasts well.
Lancôme Teint Miracle Hydrating Foundation, $73
Another glow giver, we love the way Lancôme's Teint Miracle Hydrating Foundation has impressive coverage to minimise our redness and pigmentation spots leftover from acne, but blends beautifully with a big fluffy brush so it doesn't look OTT. It makes skin look luminous and bright and it's designed to maintain good hydration all day.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF25, $110
Yes, pricey AF, but think of it as providing serum-like skincare as well as coverage! Bobbi's Skin Serum Foundation formula contains lychee, bamboo grass, and cordycep mushroom extracts that all work to treat dry skin and the texture applies beautifully. Luxurious in feel and finish, but not for you if you don’t love dew.
Which foundations do you find effective for dry skin?