The Best Foundations for Dry Skin 2020: Get That Dewy Fresh Look
We review 7 of the best foundations for dry skin. Learn what ingredients to look for and find the best product for your needs and budget.
If you suffer from a dried-out complexion, foundation is essential in your makeup arsenal.
However, if you use the wrong one, you’ll highlight—and possibly worsen—flaky, parched skin.
Heavier formulas can overwhelm your skin and appear cakey. A matte finish won’t look so flawless if your complexion is dehydrated.
Ideally, you should try light to medium ultra-hydrating foundations. Bonus if it’s water-based or moisturizing. Let’s delve into our seven picks for perfect coverage!
#1. Best Matte
Chic Dior hits the top of our list with Dior Forever Undercover Foundation. For one, this formula allows you to achieve that coveted matte finish without worsening dry spots.
The water-based, fluid-wear foundation blends seamlessly without being overly heavy. It’s paraben-free to avoid potential skin irritation if you’re sensitive.
It’s also the best foundation for combination dry skin, as it suits oily and normal types too.
You shouldn’t have to worry about repeated touch-ups, as Dior claims it’ll last up to 24 hours. Some users report experiencing a slight transfer, but nothing too serious.
#2. Most Innovative
Japanese beauty brand Shiseido has a reputation for epic skincare products.
The Synchro Self-Refreshing Foundation is one such example—features read more like a futuristic device than makeup!
This formula syncs up with your unique skin type to self-refresh. ActiveForce Technology prevents sweat, oil, and facial movement from spoiling your coverage.
Synchro is free of all the standard toxins such as parabens and sulfates that further irritate your skin. You’ll also get protection from the sun, which is important for dry skin: it’s SPF 30.
Finally, this foundation is a proud Allure Best of Beauty winner.
#3. Best for Glow
ARMANI beautyLuminous Silk Foundation
If you want your dull, dry skin to look glowy and radiant, the Luminous Silk Foundation by Armani Beauty is a worthy choice.
The formula is inspired by charmeuse silk, which is known for its beautiful sheen.
You’ll get a flat, seamless finish—if you want that airbrushed look without filters, this foundation might do the trick. It layers on smoothly to produce a healthy, hydrated complexion.
Another advantage is that it suits multiple skin types. If your dry patches are localized to certain areas like your cheeks, it shouldn’t appear heavy on your oily or normal areas.
#4. Best for Healing
Are you eager to do more than conceal your dry skin? Born This Way Foundation by Too Faced includes beneficial ingredients to soothe parched skin and promote moisture.
Coconut water works to replenish moisture, and Alpine rose encourages a resilient complexion. This foundation also includes hyaluronic acid to combat aging.
Born This Way delivers medium coverage, but is lightweight to apply for a dewy-fresh finish. There is one potential drawback—you might need more product than you expect if you want heavier coverage.
Lastly, it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and doesn’t contain harmful parabens. Plus, Lady Gaga fans will appreciate the name.
#5. Most Versatile
it Cosmeticsit Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte SPF 40
This full-coverage liquid foundation is an all-in-one product that does it all. It moisturizes, conceals imperfections, and offers a refreshingly natural finish.
You can use it as a primer, and it suits combination and oily skin too. This creamy foundation also includes powerful SPF 50 for comprehensive protection.
Aside from shielding your dry skin, it can also work to improve it. Collagen helps to preserve skin elasticity, and peptides and hyaluronic acid reduce unsightly wrinkles.
Some reviewers have found that this foundation worsens oiliness. If you have combo skin, keep that in mind.
#6. Best Budget Pick
COVERGIRLOlay Simply Ageless Foundation
Your foundation for dry skin doesn’t have to break the bank. This foundation is hydrating, anti-aging, and improves skin tone.
It contains wholesome vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and hydrate dried-out skin. Vitamin B3 helps strengthen your skin’s barrier too.
You can anticipate covering up those flaky dry patches—it delivers a lightweight coverage that hides imperfections well.
This foundation can go the extra mile to last for long days out: users report it’s delightfully long-lasting.
#7. Most Natural
MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Achieving a natural look with foundation is challenging when you have dry skin—dry patches can interfere with smooth coverage.
Ultra-HD Invisible Cover Foundation delivers on the name. It’s super lightweight and practically melts into your skin for a smooth, airbrushed complexion.
The liquid is easy to blend in, and it contains smart adaptive pigments—fancy!—to adapt to your skin tone. There are over 25 shades, so you’re bound to find a perfect match.
HOW TO: AT-HOME BLOWOUT
At-home blowouts are the future of hair styling! Ever since I went to Dry Bar a year ago to get a blowout for $80 (which is just ridiculous in my opinion), I’ve been mastering my at-home blowout. I purchased the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer at Ulta which completely changed the game for my hair after shower hair routine! REVLON - One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Bonus Tip: Remember to spray a heat protectant in your hair before drying it. 😊 OUAI - Heat Protection Spray To get max volume and flipped ends, I take 1 inch sections and start at the root of my hair. I go as slowly as possible so that all of my roots are dry. Next, I twist the brush so that my hair is wrapped around it all the way down the section of hair. I repeat this process until I reach the top of my head. Lastly, I take a straightener to flatten any flyaways or unwanted curls if there are any left. That’s it! In total, the entire process takes me about 20 minutes. My hair feels so soft, light, and looks amazing afterwards. The next time you think about going to purchase a blowout, I recommend trying it at home first! 💕
Sensitive Skin Game changer ❄️
What is the product? Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray How does it work? Thermal Water works by soothing the skin and calming any irritation What are the notable ingredients? Mineral Spring Water What is the price? $18.50CAD Where can you purchase? Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall Pharmacy and online How long have I been using it for? I’ve been using thermal water for over two years, I started off using this product on my body and now still use it on my face What is my experience ? My experience with thermal water has been good, I suffer from eczema on both my body and face. It was hard finding products that wouldn’t irritate or cause a flare up. When that happened this product saved my skin and soothed it. At first I was not exactly sure how water would help my skin, but after doing research thermal waters are meant to have healing properties for the body and skin. What are my thoughts? This product is nothing short of amazing, you are able to use it for multiple areas and it lasts so long. The mist is super fine which makes it perfect for spraying on large or small spots, and pressing into the skin similar to how you apply a toner. Would I recommend to a friend? I would absolutely recommend this product to a friend or family or even someone looking to help soothe their skin but who doesn’t want to break the bank!! My overall rating? 5/5 Would I repurchase? I have and will continue to repurchase this product until I find something that exceeds how amazing this is! #CheriePartner
Is this sunscreen worth the hype?
There is 𝗻𝗼 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻 without 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻. And, the 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 is the one that you will wear religiously. Is 𝗜𝗦𝗗𝗜𝗡 𝗘𝗿𝘆𝗳𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗮 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗨𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 tinted mineral sunscreen worth the hype? #Isdin - ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Ultralight tinted mineral sunscreen[products]#[FourStars] Pros ☀️ 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 sunscreen aka physical blocker, thus broad spectrum ☀️ Contains 𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀, though unclear of percent. May provide protection against blue light. ☀️ One of the few tinted moisturizers that blends in well in skin of color. The tint is so homogenous and nice that you can away with not applying foundation after. ☀️ Contains 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗮𝘀𝗲, an enzyme, that help repair damage caused by the sun. Not too thick or too thin, apply easily on the skin. ☀️ contains 𝗩𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻 𝗘, an antioxidant as well as moisturizing Cons 🥴 𝗢𝗶𝗹𝘆, would not recommend for oily skin 😱 $$$ 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲, it is definitely a splurge when there are comparable more frugal options out there.
🧡Creator Roundup 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review
Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
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