Looking for the best foundations for dry skin?
As someone who has dry skin myself, I know the struggle of finding the perfect foundation for our skin type all too well.
We sadly don’t quite have as many options as our oily-skinned friends. But the beauty market has been upping its game, and while we still don’t get to enjoy an abundance of choices, there are formidable contenders as the best foundations for dry skin.
But how do you actually find your perfect match? Let’s discover and pore over our options — from accessible to high-end — below.
What to look for in a foundation for dry skin
The main goal is for the skin not to mimic the texture of Dubai’s sand dunes. So it’s important to look for products that not only give the coverage you expect but also hydrate and moisturize. (Plus point if it makes the skin look lit from within.)
There are also foundations that offer skin-caring benefits now. Many of these products are packed with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, and glycerin.
Is liquid foundation better for dry skin?
If the question was between powder and liquid foundation, then the answer is definitely liquid foundation. But now there are so many foundation formulas too. Aside from the ones we grew up with (powder, liquid, cream, and mousse), there are now serum, gel, water-based, cushion and tinted oil types of foundation.
Some might argue that BB creams and tinted moisturizers don’t belong in this category, but the ones on the market can truly pass off as foundations now.
There’s definitely a bigger room to explore! If you don’t know where to start, here are ones worth checking out. Who knows? One of these might end up being your holy grail.
The best foundations for dry skin in the Philippines
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
This popular pick is one of the best foundations for dry skin that has an accessible price point. It promises to hydrate the skin and make it look dewy.
blk cosmetics Daydream Life-Proof Airy Serum Foundation
An airy serum type of foundation? Sign us up! Aside from promising to give you ‘life-proof’ color-correcting coverage, this lightweight foundation also contains skin-protecting SPF35.
Revlon Candid Glow Moisture Foundation
This foundation invites you to get candid as it brings out your natural glow. On top of giving you a smooth, glowy finish, it also offers moisturization with the help of prickly pear oil. It’s enriched with antioxidant-rich Vitamin E that keeps the skin looking youthful too.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
K-Beauty is known for glass skin or cheok-cheok skin, so you can definitely bet on the products hailing from the Land of the Morning Calm to help give you that look. This BB cream, in particular, is a holy-grail product for so many because it offers superior sun protection on top of giving the skin a clear, healthy look.
Make Up For Ever Watertone Skin Perfecting Tint
This foundation that has buildable coverage promises to not only give you a flawless and radiant finish but also keep your skin hydrated for 24 hours. If you’re a fan of silicone-free and vegan products, this one will be right up your alley.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation
This foundation from the cult-favorite Japanese brand boasts a unique technology that addresses skin issues that hinder you from revealing your radiance: uneven skin tone, fine lines, and lack of hydration. Along with hydrators, it also has transparent pearls and microcrystals to help give you off that glow. Truly a contender as one of the best foundations for dry skin.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Remember when every YouTuber was using this product? Well, that needs to happen again because this continues to be a great glow-giving base. Its hydrating powers come from French Polynesian Kopara.
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation
The latest complexion product from Rihanna’s beauty brand has become an instant hit. It gives you an instant filter — you don’t even need to take a pic. (Not that you need it, of course!) It’s also said to be incredibly lightweight but strong enough against humidity.
KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm
This TikTok-famous foundation isn’t just all hype, according to reviews. It gives the full coverage-look KVD Beauty is known for but in a creamier formula. The best part, of course, is that it works swimmingly with dry skin.
Shu Uemura Unlimited Glow Breathable Care-in Foundation
Unlimited glow? We’ll take it. The Japanese are known for championing petal skin (it looks exactly how it sounds like — soft and smooth), and this foundation will help you achieve that with a hint of radiance. Shu Uemura also promises spot-on color-matching because the range is made with Asian skin in mind.
How do you make your foundation look flawless with dry skin?
Skin prep is just as important as using the best foundations for dry skin. Make sure your skin is ready to be the perfect canvas for your makeup by doing three simple things: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. (Top tip: this works great even if you don’t have dry skin!)
Start with these:
- These Serums Are Great For Hydrating & Soothing Dry Skin
- You’ll Love These Moisturizers If You Have Dry Skin
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Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.