A guide to the best foundation for dry skin

Whether you want full coverage or a natural glow

Foundation for dry skin best

by Jade Moscrop |

Choosing your foundation feels a little bit like choosing a house to live in - it has to be perfect. There's nothing worse than starting out with a perfect base, only to feel as though your skin has dried out and looks flaky by lunch time.

If you have dry skin, you can't just settle for any old foundation and hope that it will do the job. You need to find a special formula that hydrates, doesn't cling to any dry spots, makes skin look glowy, doesn't crease or sink into fine lines and is the right coverage for you.

Sounds like a long list, right? Luckily, there are plenty of products available that not only tick all of these boxes, but do it with bells on. Whether you want full coverage or a natural looking foundation, want to wear primer or not, these products are loved by those with dry skin.

The best dry skin foundations:

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Which type of foundation is right for dry skin?

If you have dry skin, you'll want to steer clear of foundation that's too matte or drying - so anything aimed at those with oily skin. Satin, satin-matte, demi-matte or dewy are ideal for dry skin types, although everyone's skin is different, so you'll need to do some experimenting to find your perfect fit.

Steer clear of powder foundations, as these can cling to dry areas and make your skin look patchy - plus they can dry out your skin even more.

Look for foundations that are hydrating, with ingredients like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid.

Caring for dry skin

Just choosing a great foundation for dry skin isn't the be-all and end-all to getting the gorgeous base you desire. You've got to spend a little time on prep, too. Ensure to add an exfoliator into your arsenal, as this will help rid your skin of any flakiness. Add in a hydrating toner and moisturise well, to keep your skin feeling fresh all day.

Also, choose a primer which moisturises your skin and gives you a smooth, blank canvas for your foundation application.

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