The Best Foundations for Dry Skin
Everyone knows that dry skin is public enemy number one when it comes to applying foundation. Flaking, rough patches, sensitivity, tightness—all signs of a dry complexion—only become worse when foundation is thrown into the mix. Since finding an agreeable formula can be difficult, we went ahead and did the hard work for you. Below, we share our picks of the best foundations for dry skin from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands. These moisture-packed foundations can help conceal and comfort your dry skin rather than accentuate it.
Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation
Made with Armani’s unique Micro-fil technology, this full coverage foundation—available in ten different shades—features an ultrafine micro-lifting matrix that seals in a high concentration of exclusive emollients and velvet filters. The result? A luminosity that revives dull, dry skin and corrects imperfections.
Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation, $67 MSRP
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Touche Éclat Foundation
This weightless, anti-fatigue formula—enriched with ruscus extract and vitamin E—stimulates micro-circulation on skin’s surface and instantly brightens skin to kick dullness to the curb. Enjoy up to eight hours of fresh, naturally-radiant skin.
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
A dewy foundation with SPF 18 that hydrates and smoothes skin’s texture? Yes, please! You’ll love the way this fan-favorite concentrate banishes rough patches for a naturally luminous finish. We sure do.
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $7.99 MSRP
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
It has luminous in its name for a reason. Thanks to Liquid Light Technology, this lightweight foundation—available in 15 shades—provides an instant glow. Formulated with powerful ingredients, including 40 percent water, antioxidants, and vitamins C and E, this foundation works to improve your complexion while providing all-day hydration. No complaints here.
Lancôme Absolue BX Makeup Liquid Foundation
Achieve replenished skin with a foundation that can help restore essential moisture and skin tonicity. Ideal for normal to dry skin types, this moderate to full-coverage foundation—with SPF 18—can help your complexion appear flawlessly even.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
Dry skin types can benefit from this hydrating, long-wear foundation that can provide up to 24 hours of coverage. Both lightweight and creamy in texture, Pro-Glow Foundation can hide the look of imperfections, all while boasting a dewy skin finish. As a plus, the medium coverage foundation is also formulated with sunscreen.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, $12.99 MSRP
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Makeup Foundation SPF 20
If you want your skin to appear flawlessly even without sacrificing moisture, put this medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation at the forefront of your makeup routine. It’s a lightweight, moisturizing fluid that blurs the look of lines and wrinkles for up to 12 hours. As a plus, it offers broad spectrum SPF 20 protection.
Lancôme Absolue Makeup Cream Foundation
Forget what you’ve been told, high-performing foundations aren’t exclusive to liquid formulas. You can experience the same results with luxe cream foundations as well. Enter: Lancôme Absolue Makeup Cream Foundation. It replenishes the skin with an innovative formula and decadent texture. As a result, the skin is left with a silky-soft, luminous finish.
Lancôme Absolue Makeup Cream Foundation, $69 MSRP
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation
So, you want a liquid foundation sans the leaks and spills? Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation fits the bill. Housed in a portable cushion compact, this long wear liquid foundation offers a natural matte finish with buildable coverage, hydration, and sun protection.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation
If an uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and redness are skin concerns of yours, this liquid foundation deserves a spot in your arsenal. Buildable and lightweight, the hydrating formula can provide the skin with SPF 25 protection and up to 16 hours of wear when worn with the brand’s Setting Powder.
Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, $37 MSRP
Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation
Experience a full-coverage foundation that can provide you with all-day skin hydration. This non-comedogenic formula transfers high-performance pigments that can help blur the look of birthmarks, scars, burns, bruises, and more.
Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint SPF 23
Going for the no-makeup makeup look? You can expect this breathable foundation to give you radiant, even looking skin without hesitation. Its formula offers a sheer tint of color, allowing your skin to shine through for a healthy-looking glow. What’s more? The formula boasts hyaluronic acid, vegetal glycerin, moringa seed extract, and broad-spectrum SPF 23. What you won’t find? Parabens and oil.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Cushion Foundation
This sheer and blendable foundation can give your skin a fresh, dewy glow. Its ability to offer a lightweight and a natural finish makes it an ideal choice for summer. Simply throw the portable cushion compact into your beach bag and you’re all set.
Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
Combing the aisles for an anti-aging foundation? Enhanced with YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator Serum, this foundation offers medium to full-coverage that helps smooth and nourish the skin, giving you a brighter-looking complexion.
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation
A full-coverage foundation that delivers flawless wear? You bet. YSL’s All Hours Foundation won’t cake, dry, or flake. The formula—which doubles as an octinoxate sunscreen— offers a flawless matte finish. The best part? It can be used on all skin types.
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation, $58 MSRP