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10 Super-Hydrating Foundations for Dry, Parched Skin

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When you have dry skin, one of the most frustrating parts of your beauty routine just might be applying foundation. Choose the wrong one, and you could be left with cake on your face. (OK, not literally, but certain foundations definitely leave dry skin looking cakey!) That doesn’t mean you have to forgo foundation completely. It’s all about finding one that’ll make you look glow-y and avoiding products that’ll exacerbate dry patches and flakiness. So we chatted with Chicago-based makeup artist Sophia Porter for her tips on picking out (and applying) foundation for dry skin. Get her advice below, plus find the best foundations for dry skin sold here at Dermstore.

What to Look for in Foundation If You Have Dry Skin

When you have dry skin, it’s best to use foundations that have a satin or dewy finish with moisturizing ingredients, says Porter. Two good ingredients to look for in foundation if you have dry skin are hyaluronic acid (which has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water) and vitamin E (an antioxidant which studies have shown may ease symptoms of atopic dermatitis). “Silicone-based foundations always look gorgeous on drier skin,” says Porter. That’s because silicone sits on top of the skin rather than settling into dry areas, she explains. Just stay far, far away from powder foundations or ones with matte finishes. “These will create a very harsh, dry texture,” says Porter.

How to Apply Foundation on Dry Skin

Before putting on your foundation, Porter recommends a couple of skin care steps. “In order to keep your foundation looking its best, make sure you are exfoliating gently and moisturizing generously before applying,” she says. “Peel pads are a great way to quickly shed off some dead skin prior to a makeup application.” Then dab on foundation with your fingers or a makeup blender.

Best Foundations for Dry Skin

Ready to choose a foundation for dry skin? We’ve rounded up the best foundations for dry skin sold at Dermstore. Have your pick from the options below.

Sheer Coverage

  1. 1. Becca Cosmetics Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

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  2. 2. BY TERRY Sheer Expert Fluid Foundation

    Full Coverage

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  3. 3. Laura Geller New York Cover Lock Cream Foundation

    Buy now with free delivery
  4. 4. Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation

    Buildable Coverage

    Buy now with free delivery
  5. 5. COVER FX Custom Cover Drops

    Satin Finish

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. 6. Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation
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    6. Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation

    Matte Finish

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. 7. Jouer Cosmetics Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation

    Serum Foundations

  8. 8. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation

    Buy now with free delivery
  9. 9. 100% Pure 2nd Skin Foundation

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  10. 10. Stila Cosmetics Aqua Glow Serum Foundation



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Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the office, you can find Christina hitting up boutique spin and yoga classes in NYC, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and watching as many Broadway plays as she can possibly fit into her schedule. Her biggest beauty obsession: Hot pink lipstick. Follow her on Twitter.